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Study shows what cities, states have the highest divorce rate

In previous posts, our blog has examined some very interesting studies setting forth some rather novel reasons for why couples are more likely to pursue divorce. For instance, one study found that home remodeling may put undue strain on marriages, while another determined that secret credit card purchases may have a similar effect.

Interestingly, a past divorce study of which many people might be unaware, but which is nevertheless highly intriguing and altogether eye opening examines if location has any correlation to divorce.

Here, the study in question, which was undertaken by the Daily Beast using figures from the American Community Survey, determined the top ten cities in which couples are most likely to divorce, as well as the states with the highest divorce rates per 1,000 people.

The good news for married couples in Minnesota is that no city in the Land of 10,000 Lakes cracked the top ten. In fact, no Midwestern city made the list. However, the future appears to be decidedly murkier for married couples in the state of Florida.

The top ten were determined as follows:

  1. Panama City, Florida
  2. Sierra Vista, Arizona
  3. Charleston, West Virginia
  4. Medford, Oregon
  5. Reno, Nevada
  6. Deltona, Florida
  7. Pueblo, Colorado
  8. Palm Bay, Florida
  9. Jacksonville, Florida
  10. Grand Junction, Colorado

Regarding the individual states, the study found Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Maine had some of the higher divorce rates, averaging somewhere between 12.64 and 14.35 per 1,000 people. On the other end of the spectrum, Minnesota, New York, and Pennsylvania had some of the lower divorce rates, averaging somewhere between 6.05 and 7.65 per 1,000 people.

What are your thoughts on this study? Are you surprised by the findings?

If you would like to learn more about divorce or divorce alternatives, you should strongly consider consulting with an experienced attorney who can outline your options and enforce your rights.

Source: The Huffington Post, "This map of U.S. divorce rates shows where marriages go to die," Ashley Reich, Nov. 4, 2013

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