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Figure: Marriage Rates--Michigan and United States Occurrences, 1900-2012

 Note: Rates are the number of persons married per 1,000 population.

Beginning with 1978, marriage data for the U.S. include non-licensed marriages registered in California. If non-licensed marriages were included in the 1977 total, the marriage rate would increase from 19.8 to 20.1. 

1991-1999 U.S. data are provisional. (See Federal Register:December 15, 1995 (Vol 60, No. 241); "Change in Marriage and Divorce Data Available From the National Center for Health Statistics" for details on permanent "provisional" status of US marriage statistics.)

U.S. marriages from 2000-2007 were estimated using "Table 1300. Marriage and Divorce Rates by Country", U.S. Bureau of Census.

Starting in 2008, the number and rates of U.S. marriages are estimated using the U.S. Census Bureau, 2008-2011 American Community Survey figures and contain estimation error not indicated in the table.

Source:  1900-2012 Michigan Occurrence Marriage Files, Division for Vital Records & Health Statistics, Michigan Department of Community Health; Population Estimate (latest update 9/2012), National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Census Populations With Bridged Race Categories ;
National Vital Statistics Report, National Center for Health Statistics and U.S. Bureau of Census.

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