Divorce rate in China 2008-2018

As of 2018, the divorce rate in China has climbed to a high of 3.2 divorces per 1,000 inhabitants in that year. This number has been constantly increasing since 2000.

Divorce rate in Asian countries

The divorce rate in China has soared from around 0.96 divorces per 1,000 people in 2000 to 3.2 divorces in 2018. This is a quite high value compared to the divorce rate of countries in the Asia Pacific region. However, China shares the fate of a growing divorce rate with many other developing countries, while in most developed countries, the number of divorces per 1,000 inhabitants is either stable or falling. For example, the divorce rate in Singapore has been manly stable at 1.9 divorces per 1,000 inhabitants in the last ten years and the divorce rate in South Korea has fallen from 2.5 in 2009 to 2.1 in 2018. In comparison, the U.S. divorce rate has been falling since 1992 from 4.8 divorces per 1,000 people to 2.9 divorces in 2018.

Dating scene in China 

For the younger generations, dating and marriage happens (if at all) at a much later life stage compared to their parents. The fact that China has the highest working hours in the region does not ease the dire situation for singles in China, most of them being employed as professionals or employed in the media sector, where long working hours and high work pressure are quite common.

Divorce rate in China from 2008 to 2018

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Release date

October 2019



Survey time period

2008 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* According to the source, these figures represent the unadjusted divorce rate, which is calculated as follows:
Divorce rate = (number of divorced couples in the respective year / annual population average) * 100‰ .

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