[Vision2020] States With the Highest Rates of Divorce

Kenneth Marcy kmmos1 at frontier.com
Mon Oct 23 07:24:46 PDT 2017

States With the Highest Rates of Divorce


Marriage is intended to be a lifelong commitment to another person, but
the reality is many marriages end in divorce. According to the Census
Bureau, 9.7% of males over 15 years old and 8.8% of females over 15
years old are divorced.

Myriad issues — including work stress, money troubles, and even personal
changes over time — can lead to divorce. In an email to 24/7 Wall St.,
clinically trained New York City social worker and matrimonial attorney
Debra Lynn Mechanick identified two factors that greatly contribute to
divorce: finances and children. “When couples argue about finances or
children, what they are really expressing is a fundamental shift in
ideology by one or both spouses that strays from the common vision they
once held together,” wrote Mechanick.

Anger and fear can diminish effective communication in a marriage,
explained Mechanick. As a result, the couple develops problems that,
over time, build up until they believe their issues are unsolvable. “At
that point, the spouses believe that only the judicial system can help
them reach a solution that is fair and equitable,” said Mechanick.

Divorce is a sad reality in every state in the country, but in some
states divorce rates are higher than in others. There does not seem to
be a regional component between the states with the highest and lowest
divorce rates. However, median household income and the unemployment
rate seem to affect the rate of divorce.

To identify the states with the highest rate of divorce, 24/7 Wall St.
reviewed Census Bureau data on the number of people who divorced in 2016
and the number of married individuals in 2015. The divorce rate is
defined as the number of people who divorced per every 1,000 married

Source: Thinkstock

*2. Idaho*
*> Divorce rate:* 21.9 per 1,000 married people
*> Marriage rate:* 15.8 per 1,000 people (13th highest)
*> Unemployment rate:* 3.8% (11th lowest)
*> Avg. wedding cost:* $22,905 (11th lowest)

Idaho, a state with significantly low population density, has the
second-highest divorce rate of any state. Interestingly enough, Idaho
has the one of the nation’s highest marriage rates. It’s possible that
marrying too young drives the divorce rate up, simply because kids are
getting hitched without truly knowing their soon-to-be-spouse.

So just how high is the divorce rate? Nearly 22 per every 1,000 married
individuals got a divorce in 2016. The statewide unemployment rate of
3.8% at that time was 1.1 percentage points below the nationwide rate of
4.9%, and the median household income of $51,807 a year is quite below
the national median income of $57,617. A lower annual salary may be
indicative of financial struggles, which can certainly add stress to a

So, Idaho's divorce rate is 38.6 percent higher than its marriage rate.

This appears to be a rather costly outcome of a less-than-well-thought
education system.

Is it true that more pre-driving instruction is required than
pre-marriage instruction in Idaho?

Or is there some other social dynamic at work that is a more powerful
determinant of divorce?


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