The 11 states with the highest divorce rates

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Divorce rates have been gradually declining in America over the last decade or so. Some experts attribute this downturn to Millinials and Generation Z holding off on marriage until they’ve achieved financial independence while others suspect the decline has more to do with a western  emphasis on female autonomy.

Only time will reveal any additional factors but as it stands, U.S divorce rates have decreased by nearly 20% between the years 2009 and 2018.

This new data comes from researchers over at, who recently commissioned a survey in order to determine which states enjoy the largest dips in divorce rates.

“Around the country marriage is on the decline. Marriage rates are also outpaced by the divorce rate. Less people are getting married over the last 10 years and therefore less people are getting divorced. However, with a decline in the divorce rate outpacing the marriage rate you could assume more married couples are sticking together. Chivalry isn’t dead after all.”

The new exhaustive report gives us some interesting things to chew on just ahead of Valentine’s day weekend.

Altering expectations

According to The National Centers for Health Statistics marriage rates have declined by just about 8% in the window of Quotewizard’s new study. Interestingly enough, states with low marriage rates consistently boasted lower divorce rates as well. People are getting married less and less across the country, but the ones who do tend to stay married.

Andrew Cherlin, a sociology professor at Johns Hopkins University, believes college provides the most substantive explanation as to why younger generations are getting divorced drastically less than Baby Boomers.  On mass, the former favors career goals and financial independence over traditional milestones.

These two conditions often buttress other features important to a healthy marriage. The longer one waits to tie the knot the more mature, financially responsible, and confident they are when they do so, which means they’ll be less likely to have second thoughts about major life decisions and even less prone to erupting during spousal disagreements.

The regions observed in the report played a massive role in the levels of education obtained, financial literacy and divorce rates.  Mississippi, New Mexico, and Massachusetts expressed the largest increase in marriage rates on average and  Illinois, Kansas, and West Virginia saw the largest decrease in divorce rates. To the author’s point, there was virtually no overlap in populations that get hitched young and more frequently and populations that put off doing so until they’ve got their life in order.

Moreover, young people residing in urban areas prefer to live with their significant others before they even think about courtship compared to those occupying residential regions.

“When looking at the marriage rates over the last 10 years in each state we found polarizing results. The majority of states are seeing a decline in marriage rates, but there are a number of states with positive trends. The good news there, nearly all states with a higher marriage rate over the last 10 years also saw a decline in divorce rates,” the authors write.

Lowest Divorce Rates in the United States

Illinois: 1.5%

Louisiana: 1.7%

Massachusetts: 2.1%

Iowa: 2.2%

Kansas: 2.3%

Maryland: 2.4%

Georgia: 2.5%

South Carolina: 2.5%

North Dakota: 2.6%

Pennsylvania: 2.6%

South Dakota: 2.6%

Texas: 2.6%

Highest Divorce Rates

Kentucky: 3.5%

Tennessee: 3.5%

Florida: 3.6%

Alabama: 3.7%

Alaska: 3.7%

Idaho: 3.8%

Oklahoma: 3.8%

Utah: 3.8%

Wyoming: 3.8%

Arkansas: 4.1%

Nevada: 4.4%