Total Number of Children Under 18 Affected by Divorce in the State of Oregon

January 25th, 2015

Many divorces occur each year in Oregon, and around the United States.  These divorces leave a mess for everyone involved and this mess can be even greater if there are children involved.

This year in the state of Oregon from January until present there has been 9,693 divorces, and 4,588 children affected by those divorces.  The numbers in 2013 show the divorce rate was 14,274, leaving 6,761 children affected.

These numbers prompted me to look deeper into how the divorce rate correlates with children affected by divorce.  So between the years 2000 and 2014 there were 206,676 divorces and 117,938 children affected.  This data shows that on average in the state of Oregon, the child affect rate is 57%.  Nearly half of divorces each year involve no children, and most divorces occur before a third child enters the family.  These rates have not changed much over the past 15 years and shed some light on when in a relationship many couples decide to divorce.

Below are the number of children affected by divorce on a yearly basis from 2000 to 2014.

2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
8,389 8,370 8,126 7,747 7,309
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
7,408 7,262 7,243 7,088 7,361
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
7,464 7,295 7,168 6,761 4,588


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