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New Jersey Health Statistics
1997

Marriages and Divorces
Number of Marriages

The state had been experiencing a decline in both the number of marriages and in the marriage rate over the past decade, but in 1997 there was a reversal in this trend. The number of marriages in New Jersey in 1997 totaled 55,467, an increase of 7.1 percent from the 51,811 marriages which occurred in the state in 1996 (Table MD1). The number of marriages in 1997 was the highest number of marriages since 1991. The marriage rate in 1997 was 6.9 per 1,000 population. This represents a 6.2 percent increase from the 1996 rate of 6.5 per 1,000 population.

The number of marriages varied widely by county of occurrence. Essex County had the highest number of marriages in 1997 (6,245) and Salem County recorded the lowest number (359) (Table MD9). Six counties together recorded 52.8 percent of the marriages in 1997: Essex (6,245), Bergen (5,584), Hudson (4,956), Middlesex (4,758), Monmouth (3,929), and Union (3,801).


TABLE MD1. NUMBER OF MARRIAGES, MARRIAGE RATES AND
MEDIAN AGE AT MARRIAGE FOR BRIDES AND GROOMS
MARRIAGE CERTIFICATES ISSUED IN NEW JERSEY, 1988-1997
YEAR MARRIAGES MEDIAN AGE
NUMBER RATE* BRIDES GROOMS
1988 61,063 7.9 27.2 29.0
1989 60,076 7.8 27.4 29.1
1990 58,747 7.6 27.7 29.3
1991 55,832 7.2 27.6 29.4
1992 55,321 7.1 27.9 29.8
1993 53,505 6.8 28.1 29.9
1994 52,797 6.7 28.4 30.2
1995 52,208 6.6 28.5 30.4
1996 51,811 6.5 28.8 30.7
1997 55,467 6.9 29.0 31.0
*Rates are computed per 1,000 population.


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