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5 States With Highest, Lowest Divorce Rates

No guarantees, but Massachusetts is the state with lowest divorce rate
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 20, 2017 8:25 AM CDT
5 States With Highest, Lowest Divorce Rates
If only they'd wed in Boston.   (Getty Images/Krivinis)

(Newser) – Keeping one's vows till death do you part is a challenge for even the most happily married couples—but the odds might be greater depending on where you live. To find out which states have the highest and lowest rates of divorce, 24/7 Wall St. examined a Census Bureau survey to compare how many US citizens were married in 2015, and then how many divorced the following year. Arkansas emerged as the most ominous-looking state for matrimonial bliss, while Massachusetts seems home to more lasting unions. Here are the top and bottom five:

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Highest divorce rates (defined as the number of people who divorced per 1,000 married people):

  1. Arkansas; 23.4
  2. Idaho; 21.9
  3. Nevada; 21.3
  4. Louisiana; 20.8
  5. Oklahoma; 20.4

Lowest divorce rates:

  1. Massachusetts; 12.3
  2. Hawaii; 12.6
  3. New Jersey; 12.7
  4. New York; 12.8
  5. Minnesota; 12.8
View the entire list to see where your state stands. (Maybe we're just better off marrying inanimate objects.)

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