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8/30/2011 (2 years ago)

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Divorce rates closely associated with poverty, median poverty rates

Divorce rates among couples in the U.S. has increased over the past 50 years. What really affects divorce rates? A report just released by the Census Bureau that tracks marital events of Americans in 2009 points to the high correlation between poverty rates and divorce.

Difficult economic conditions in many southern states may drive the divorce rate higher the new report suggests.

Difficult economic conditions in many southern states may drive the divorce rate higher the new report suggests.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/30/2011 (2 years ago)

Published in Marriage & Family

Keywords: Divorce rates, poverty, Oklahoma, northeastern states, southern states


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - People living in northeastern states have lower marriage and divorce rates, and while those in the southern states are more likely to get married -- they also tend to have higher divorce rates.

Difficult economic conditions in many southern states drives the divorce rate higher because residents tend to be poorer, the report suggests. The states with particularly high divorce rates have below median household income, as well as a high proportion of the population living below the poverty line.

In other states where divorce rates are high and poverty is not a predominant factor, such as Nevada, the reason may have to do with liberal divorce laws.

Below are the ten states with the highest divorce rates.

10. Arizona
Divorce rate for men: 10.8 (16th highest)
Divorce rate for women: 11.9 (8th highest)
Median household income: $45,739 (16th lowest)
Percent below poverty line: 16.5 percent (12th highest)

9. Tennessee
Divorce rate for men: 11.4 (10th highest)
Divorce rate for women: 11.6 (12th highest)
Median household income: $40,517 (6th lowest)
Percent below poverty line: 17.1 percent (10th highest)

8. Georgia
Divorce rate for men: 11.5 (9th highest)
Divorce rate for women: 11.7 (11th highest)
Median household income: $43,340 (10th lowest)
Percent below poverty line: 16.5 percent (12th highest)

7. Mississippi
Divorce rate for men: 11.1 (11th highest)
Divorce rate for women: 12.5 (6th highest)
Median household income: $35,078 (lowest)
Percent below poverty line: 21.9 percent (the highest)

6. Nevada
Divorce rate for men: 12.3 (7th highest)
Divorce rate for women: 12.3 (7th highest)
Median household income: $51,434 (20th highest)
Percent below poverty line: 12.4 percent (20th lowest)

5. Kentucky
Divorce rate for men: 12.6 (5th highest)
Divorce rate for women: 13.5 (4th highest)
Median household income: $42,664 (9th lowest)
Percent below poverty line: 10.5 percent (tied for 9th highest)

4. Alabama
Divorce rate for men: 12.7 (4th highest)
Divorce rate for women: 13.9 (3rd highest)
Median household income: $39,980 (3rd lowest)
Percent below poverty line: 17.5 percent (6th highest)

3. Alaska
Divorce rate for men: 12.5 (6th highest)
Divorce rate for women: 16.2 (highest)
Median household income: $61,604 (5th highest)
Percent below poverty line: 9 percent (2nd lowest)

2. Arkansas
Divorce rate for men: 13.5 (highest)
Divorce rate for women: 12.8 (5th highest)
Median household income: $36,538 (2nd lowest)
Percent below poverty line: 18.8 percent (2nd highest)

1. Oklahoma
Divorce rate for men: 12.8 (3rd highest)
Divorce rate for women: 14.1 (2nd highest)
Median household income: $45,878 (18th lowest)
Percent below poverty line: 16.2 percent (15th highest)

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