The charts below give information about USA marriage and divorce rates between 1970 and 2000 and the marital status of adult Americans in two of the years.
Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
The two bar charts compare the number of married and divorced people in USA over a span of 30 years from 1970 to 2000 and the overall marital status of US adults in 1970 and 2000.
As can be seen from the first chart, over the designated 30 years, the number of marriages experienced a steady fall while the number of divorces, however, fluctuated. The second chart shows that as compared with the situation in 1970, American adults’ marital status underwent dramatic changes.
To begin with, in 1970 and 1980, there was equal number of marriages in USA, both being 2.5 million. However, divorces were as high as 1 million and 1.4 million respectively. The numbers of marriages for the year 1990 and 2000 were 2.3 million versus 2 million while divorces were 1.1 million versus 1 million. We also find that the year 1980 witnessed the greatest number of divorces and meanwhile, the number of divorces in 2000 drew even with that in 1970.
Secondly, as we look at the other chart, we see that the percentages of those who were determined not to be in a marriage and those who chose to end their marriages by divorce in 2000 were both higher than figures in 1970. The two groups of figures are 20%:14% and 9%:3% respectively. In terms of the other two categories, namely, married and widowed, the figures for 1970 were higher than those for 2000 and they are 70%:60% and 8%:3% respectively.
Thus, we have gained an insight into the attitudes of Americans towards marriage and their multifaceted statuses in the past decades of years.