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Marriage Data

Marriage and divorce certificates serve as legal documentation of marital status and provide limited surveillance information useful in describing current and changing societal attitudes that impact individual and family relationships. Successful marriages often result in emotional and economic supports helpful in achieving adequate levels of health and living standards for family members. Divorce is associated with the loss of psychological and economic support, as well as an increase in the risk of poor health and economic disadvantage for family members. Changes in marriage and divorce rates and demographics, such as the average age at marriage, can indicate population shifts in family size and family economic stability.

Information on marriages is obtained from data recorded on the Certificate of Marriage completed for marriages that occur in Louisiana. Louisiana law requires that marriage certificates be submitted by the parish Clerks of Court to the Vital Records Registry prior to the tenth of the month following the marriage.

Current 5-Year Marriage Trends

This chart and table illustrates the five year trends of Marriage in Louisiana.

5-Year Marriage Chart, 2006-2010

Marriages Occurring in Louisiana, 2006-2010

Year

Number

2006

25,569

2007

31,188

2008

31,837

2009

32,060

2010

31,194

 

5-Year Marriage Table, By Parish, 2006-2010

Marriage Data Tables

2010 Marriage Data Tables

2009 Marriage Data Tables

2008 Marriage Data Tables