The Bible Belt has a Higher Divorce Rate than New York City
A new study shows that your marriage will last longer if you live in the east!
Who’d have thought that where you live can have an impact on your marriage? The U.S Census Bureau just released their first-ever analysis on marriage and divorce. The results were, to say the least, surprising, reported the Daily News. Maybe that’s why Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony are getting a divorce. They have homes in Florida and California.
“The reason is that young adults in the South and West tend to have less education and marry earlier, both of which lead to a higher risk of divorce,” said Andrew Cherlin, a sociology professor at Johns Hopkins University.
The study was compiled from 2009 figures. Two years ago, New York had 23,698 divorces. The South had the highest rate of divorce. We’re talking 10.2 per 1,000 for men and 11.1 per 1,000 for woman. The states that had the highest divorce rates were Alaska, Oregon, Montana, Texas and Arizona, along with most of the southern states. It was also high in Vermont. Maybe it’s the cold?
The lowest divorce rates for women were New York and most of the northeast states. Other states with low divorce rates for women were Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and South Carolina.
Other interesting tidbits in the study include the fact that people are waiting longer to get married, and they’re older, too. Only 52 percent of people got married in 2009. In 2000, 57 percent got married. The average age for a guy getting married in 2009 was 28 and for women, it was 26. Back in 1970, most men were married by age 22 and women by the time they were 20!
Utah, Wyoming and Arkansas had the highest marriage rates. Hawaii has the most widows. The state that has the most widowers? Delaware and Wyoming.
We’ve decided not to visit those two states.
Tell us: do you think where you live will really affect your relationship?
PJ Gach is Senior Editor: Style + Beauty at BettyConfidential.