In a recently released report by the United States Census Bureau, some startling statistics were discovered. The information provided was based on a sampling of no less then three million households. It showed a wide variance by region, pertaining to the divorce of men and women in America. It also was somewhat surprising in nature as to where, in fact, the rate of divorce is highest. I think one automatically assumes that states with larger metropolitan areas such as New York and California would see a higher incidence of marital failures. But, alas, the northeast portion of the country has the lowest number. For purposes of this report, the northeast United States included, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont and Rhode Island.
So where, you ask, were the highest occurences reported? The South.
Southern states identified were Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Florida, Alabams, Mississippi, Tennesee, Georgia, Arkansas, Virginia and West Virginia along with both North and South Carolina. For reasons known only by them, the Census Bureau also identified Delaware and the Disrict of Columbia being southern venues. For men, Arkansas leads the way, followed by Oklahoma, Alabama and Kentucky. Maine of the northeast, snuck in at number two of the top five.
In the womens bracket, we have ranked two thru five, Oklahoma, Alabama, Kentucky and Arkansas.The number one state for divorced women was none other then Sarah Palins home state of Alaska. No association between Ms. Palin and divorce is intended nor implied. For every one thousand men in the southern states listed above, slightly over ten are divorced. With southern women, the number is around eleven for every thousand. As a point of comparison, the northeast showed a little above seven for men and seven and a half for women out of the same one thousand standard. Nationally, its 9.2 men and 9.7 women per 1,000 who have ended their marriages.
In fairness to the southern folks, it should be noted that there is a higher frequency of marriages among them, which would explain, to a certain degree, why more divorces may follow. We must also defend members of the fairer sex, by stating the higher divorce rate of women versus men is, at least, in part, due to the fact that females live longer and tend to marry older gentlemen. The "gents" on the other hand also remarry more often, increasing the number of marriages used to determine these figures.
Generally speaking, fewer couples are marrying today then in the past. In just the past ten years, the percentage has decreased by five percent from fifty seven to fifty two for individuals who are at least eighteen years of age.Even the current recession we are allegedly coming out of, is having an impact on marriage and subsequently the rate of divorce in the United States. Young couples in the current economic environment and job market are understandably reluctant to marry prior to finding good employment opportunities which, as we all know, are presently few and far between. Even upon being fortunate enough to find a good job, their confidence in the future of the U.S. economy and how it relates to long term commitments such as the purchase of a home and/or having children gives them much cause for concern.