7 Surprising Statistics about Divorce in America

Divorce, Relationships

(Note: This article has been updated from its original version)

If you drill down into statistics about divorce, you’ll find that the odds of success are not all created equal.  Education, location, religion and other factors can dramatically affect your odds of staying married.  Read on to find 7 surprising statistics about divorce in America and learn whether you’re at risk for getting a divorce.

1.    Someone gets divorced every 10 to 13 seconds—In the time it took you to read to this point, someone got divorced.

2.    Those who marry when between the ages of 20 to 24 have the highest rate of divorce—You’ve probably heard people say that 50% of all marriages end in divorce. And while this is kind of accurate, it’s also a bit misleading. As it turns out, age plays a big role in determining a marriage’s fate. Those who marry when between the ages of 20 to 24 have the highest rate of divorce. These couples are nearly twice as likely to get divorced as those who get married between the ages of 25 to 29 years old.

3.    The divorce rate for a third marriage is 73%–When it comes to marriage, practice doesn’t make perfect. In fact, it only seems to make you worse. That’s why the divorce rate continues to get higher for each additional marriage. Nearly 3 out of every 4 adults who are on their third marriage end up divorced again.

4.    Nevada boasts the highest divorce rate—Maybe it’s because of all the casinos, or maybe it’s because the desert is depressing. Whatever the reason, the fact remains that Nevada holds the dubious distinction of the state with the highest divorce rate. 9.1 per 1000 population get divorced. The state with the lowest divorce rate? Massachusetts at 2.1 per 1000 population.

5.    Adults who didn’t attend college and have a low household income are more likely to be divorced—Non-college educated couples are nearly 20% more likely to get divorced within the first 10 years of marriage than college-educated couples. Lower-income marriages just tend to be more unstable.

6.    Christian couples have the same divorce rate as the national average—It seems there’s little truth to the saying “The family that prays together stays together.” Protestant Christian couples are just as likely to get divorced as their secular counterparts. In fact, Atheists have a much lower divorce rate than Christians.

7.    Arkansas has the highest rate of individuals married 3 or more times—Men and women in Arkansas are twice as likely to be married three or more times than the national average. The best guess as to why this is the case is because people tend to get married at a younger age in Arkansas.

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