The State of Marriage in the U.S.
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we thought it’d be worthwhile to find out which states have the most successful long-term relationships. So we took a look at their divorce rates. (Yes, we know there are plenty of unhappy marriages that never end, but divorce is still an efficient metric.) Late last year, the U.S. Census Bureau released divorce statistics for all 50 states from 2008. The results, which are based on the percent of residents in each state over the age of 15 who reported being divorced, are surprising and seem to defy an easy explanation. The national average divorce rate was 10.7 percent, a slight increase from the previous year. Some have blamed this on the economy, while others have come up with more far-fetched explanations like the number of women currently in the work force. The truth is that every state, and every couple, probably has its own unique contributing factors. We will start with the 10 states with the lowest divorce rates and then move on to the 10 states with the highest. Photo Credit: marines.mil