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States with the highest divorce rates

  • States with the highest divorce rates
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    States with the highest divorce rates

    In 1980, nearly 50% of all marriages ended in divorce. Though now an aged statistic, that astounding number is still cited as conventional wisdom regarding successful marriages today. Fortunately, new findings suggest that divorce is actually on a relatively steep decline; despite myths, the institution of marriage is indeed alive and well in America. But as with most things, the numbers vary greatly from place to place, and some states have divorce rates over four times higher than other regions in America!

    The Center For Disease Control (CDC) and the National Center of Health Statistics report data from each state to find the number of people that both divorce and marry per capita each year. To help see regional differences, Stacker analyzed the 2015 CDC report to see which states had the highest and lowest rates for divorce (excluding California, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, and Minnesota), comparing that rate to the national average. Read on to see which Midwestern state has almost half as many divorces as any other place in America, and where your state stacks up against the rest.

  • #46. Iowa
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    #46. Iowa

    Divorce rate per thousand: 1.2
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 61% lower
    Marriage rate per thousand: 6.3
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 9% lower

  • #45. Illinois
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    #45. Illinois

    Divorce rate per thousand: 2.2
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 29% lower
    Marriage rate per thousand: 5.9
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 15% lower

  • #44. Massachusetts
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    #44. Massachusetts

    Divorce rate per thousand: 2.6
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 18% lower
    Marriage rate per thousand: 5.5
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 20% lower

  • #43. Texas
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    #43. Texas

    Divorce rate per thousand: 2.6
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 16% lower
    Marriage rate per thousand: 7.2
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 5% higher

  • #42. Maryland
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    #42. Maryland

    Divorce rate per thousand: 2.6
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 16% lower
    Marriage rate per thousand: 6.2
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 10% lower

  • #41. Wisconsin
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    #41. Wisconsin

    Divorce rate per thousand: 2.6
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 16% lower
    Marriage rate per thousand: 6.2
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 10% lower

  • #40. South Dakota
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    #40. South Dakota

    Divorce rate per thousand: 2.6
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 15% lower
    Marriage rate per thousand: 7.2
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 5% higher

     

  • #39. Pennsylvania
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    #39. Pennsylvania

    Divorce rate per thousand: 2.6
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 15% lower
    Marriage rate per thousand: 5.7
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 18% lower

  • #38. New York
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    #38. New York

    Divorce rate per thousand: 2.7
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 13% lower
    Marriage rate per thousand: 7.1
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 2% higher

  • #37. Louisiana
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    #37. Louisiana

    Divorce rate per thousand: 2.8
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 11% lower
    Marriage rate per thousand: 6.8
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 2% lower

     

  • #36. South Carolina
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    #36. South Carolina

    Divorce rate per thousand: 2.8
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 11% lower
    Marriage rate per thousand: 7.5
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 9% higher

  • #35. New Jersey
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    #35. New Jersey

    Divorce rate per thousand: 2.8
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 9% lower
    Marriage rate per thousand: 5.6
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 19% lower

     

  • #34. Kansas
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    #34. Kansas

    Divorce rate per thousand: 2.8
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 9% lower
    Marriage rate per thousand: 5.9
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 14% lower

  • #33. District of Columbia
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    #33. District of Columbia

    Divorce rate per thousand: 2.8
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 9% lower
    Marriage rate per thousand: 8.2
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 19% higher

  • #32. North Dakota
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    #32. North Dakota

    Divorce rate per thousand: 2.8
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 8% lower
    Marriage rate per thousand: 6.2
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 11% lower

  • #31. Rhode Island
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    #31. Rhode Island

    Divorce rate per thousand: 3.0
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 3% lower
    Marriage rate per thousand: 6.4
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 8% lower

  • #30. Michigan
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    #30. Michigan

    Divorce rate per thousand: 3.0
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 2% lower
    Marriage rate per thousand: 6.0
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 13% lower

  • #29. Ohio
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    #29. Ohio

    Divorce rate per thousand: 3.1
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 1% lower
    Marriage rate per thousand: 5.9
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 14% lower

  • #28. Vermont
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    #28. Vermont

    Divorce rate per thousand: 3.1
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 1% lower
    Marriage rate per thousand: 8.1
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 18% higher

  • #27. North Carolina
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    #27. North Carolina

    Divorce rate per thousand: 3.1
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 1% lower
    Marriage rate per thousand: 7.0
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 1% higher

  • #26. Delaware
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    #26. Delaware

    Divorce rate per thousand: 3.1
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 0% lower
    Marriage rate per thousand: 5.7
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 17% lower

  • #25. Connecticut
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    #25. Connecticut

    Divorce rate per thousand: 3.1
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 1% higher
    Marriage rate per thousand: 5.3
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 23% lower

  • #24. Missouri
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    #24. Missouri

    Divorce rate per thousand: 3.2
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 2% higher
    Marriage rate per thousand: 6.2
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 10% lower

  • #23. Nebraska
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    #23. Nebraska

    Divorce rate per thousand: 3.2
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 3% higher
    Marriage rate per thousand: 6.4
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 8% lower

  • #22. New Mexico
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    #22. New Mexico

    Divorce rate per thousand: 3.3
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 6% higher
    Marriage rate per thousand: 6.2
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 11% lower

  • #21. Virginia
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    #21. Virginia

    Divorce rate per thousand: 3.3
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 6% higher
    Marriage rate per thousand: 7.0
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 1% higher

  • #20. New Hampshire
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    #20. New Hampshire

    Divorce rate per thousand: 3.3
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 7% higher
    Marriage rate per thousand: 6.9
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 1% higher

  • #19. Mississippi
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    #19. Mississippi

    Divorce rate per thousand: 3.4
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 9% higher
    Marriage rate per thousand: 7.0
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 1% higher

  • #18. Washington
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    #18. Washington

    Divorce rate per thousand: 3.4
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 9% higher
    Marriage rate per thousand: 6.2
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 10% lower

  • #17. Oregon
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    #17. Oregon

    Divorce rate per thousand: 3.4
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 10% higher
    Marriage rate per thousand: 6.9
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 0% lower

  • #16. Montana
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    #16. Montana

    Divorce rate per thousand: 3.4
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 10% higher
    Marriage rate per thousand: 8.0
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 15% higher

  • #15. Maine
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    #15. Maine

    Divorce rate per thousand: 3.4
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 11% higher
    Marriage rate per thousand: 7.6
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 10% higher

  • #14. Utah
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    #14. Utah

    Divorce rate per thousand: 3.6
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 15% higher
    Marriage rate per thousand: 8.1
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 17% higher

  • #13. Arizona
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    #13. Arizona

    Divorce rate per thousand: 3.6
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 15% higher
    Marriage rate per thousand: 5.9
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 14% lower

  • #12. Tennessee
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    #12. Tennessee

    Divorce rate per thousand: 3.7
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 19% higher
    Marriage rate per thousand: 8.5
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 23% higher

  • #11. Kentucky
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    #11. Kentucky

    Divorce rate per thousand: 3.7
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 19% higher
    Marriage rate per thousand: 7.2
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 4% higher

  • #10. Colorado
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    #10. Colorado

    Divorce rate per thousand: 3.7
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 20% higher
    Marriage rate per thousand: 6.8
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 2% lower

  • #9. Alabama
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    #9. Alabama

    Divorce rate per thousand: 3.9
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 24% higher
    Marriage rate per thousand: 7.4
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 7% higher

  • #8. Florida
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    #8. Florida

    Divorce rate per thousand: 4.0
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 28% higher
    Marriage rate per thousand: 8.2
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 19% higher

  • #7. West Virginia
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    #7. West Virginia

    Divorce rate per thousand: 4.0
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 28% higher
    Marriage rate per thousand: 6.6
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 5% lower

  • #6. Idaho
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    #6. Idaho

    Divorce rate per thousand: 4.1
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 33% higher
    Marriage rate per thousand: 8.2
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 18% higher

  • #5. Alaska
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    #5. Alaska

    Divorce rate per thousand: 4.1
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 33% higher
    Marriage rate per thousand: 7.4
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 7% higher

  • #4. Wyoming
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    #4. Wyoming

    Divorce rate per thousand: 4.1
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 34% higher
    Marriage rate per thousand: 7.3
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 6% higher

  • #3. Oklahoma
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    #3. Oklahoma

    Divorce rate per thousand: 4.4
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 41% higher
    Marriage rate per thousand: 7.4
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 8% higher

  • #2. Nevada
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    #2. Nevada

    Divorce rate per thousand: 4.6
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 50% higher
    Marriage rate per thousand: 31.0
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 350% higher

  • #1. Arkansas
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    #1. Arkansas

    Divorce rate per thousand: 4.8
    Divorce rate compared to national average: 56% higher
    Marriage rate per thousand: 10.0
    Marriage rate compared to national average: 46% higher

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