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New Jersey Health Statistics
1997

Marriages and Divorces
Previous Marital Status

Nearly three-fourths of brides (73.6%) and a slightly lower proportion of grooms (73.0%) who married in 1997 were marrying for the first time (Table MD5). Almost one-fourth of both brides and grooms were divorced at the time of marriage in 1997 (24.1% and 24.6% of brides and grooms, respectively). The remaining brides and grooms were widowed at the time of this marriage (2.3% of both brides and grooms). These relative percentages have changed very little over the past 10 years. Table MD6 presents the marital status of the bride at the time of marriage in 1997 distributed by similar data for grooms.

TABLE MD5. NUMBER OF MARRIAGES BY PREVIOUS MARITAL STATUS
NEW JERSEY, 1988-1997

YEAR

NUMBER
OF
MARRIAGES
BRIDES GROOMS
PERCENT
NEVER
MARRIED

PERCENT
WIDOWED

PERCENT
DIVORCED

PERCENT
NEVER
MARRIED

PERCENT
WIDOWED

PERCENT
DIVORCED

1988 61,063 74.6 2.5 22.9 73.0 2.6 24.4
1989 60,076 74.9 4.9 20.2 73.6 5.0 21.3
1990 58,747 74.9 2.4 22.8 73.7 2.4 23.9
1991 55,832 75.3 2.5 22.3 74.2 2.6 23.2
1992 55,321 74.3 2.5 23.3 73.5 2.5 24.0
1993 53,505 74.0 2.4 23.6 73.2 2.4 24.4
1994 52,797 74.0 2.3 23.7 73.2 2.4 24.4
1995 52,208 74.3 2.4 23.3 73.4 2.3 24.3
1996 51,811 74.3 2.3 23.5 73.2 2.4 24.5
1997 55,467 73.6 2.3 24.1 73.0 2.3 24.6


TABLE MD6. MARRIAGES BY PREVIOUS MARITAL STATUS OF BRIDE AND GROOM
NEW JERSEY, 1997
PREVIOUS
MARITAL
STATUS
OF BRIDE

TOTAL

PREVIOUS MARITAL STATUS OF GROOM
NEVER MARRIED WIDOWED DIVORCED
NEVER MARRIED 40,837 34,324 265 6,248
WIDOWED 1,273 329 435 509
DIVORCED 13,356 5,859 585 6,912
NOT STATED 1 1 0 0
TOTAL 55,467 40,513 1,285 13,669


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