If you knew the reason for your divorce, would you take necessary measures to prevent it, including moving to a new place to call home?
Well, according to an article in Women's Health Magazine, a study found correlation between how long a marriage lasts and where the couple chose to live. The finance company WalletBub examined happiness levels in the United States.
(Before we go on, please remember that correlation does not equal causation. There are many outside factors involved, and it helps to know the type of environment you choose to make your home in.)
Using data from the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (to name a few), they found the top 5 states where the divorce rate is much higher than the rest of the country.
These states are:
- Washington, D.C.
So, why these states, specifically? It's not that there is something wrong with the state, exactly. As stated before, there are many possible factors that cause this correlation.
And the study examined these other not-so-pleasant factors, such as depression rates, sleeping rates, obesity rates, suicide rates, work hours, unemployment rates, and many more.
For example, Louisiana is number four in the obesity rates, where as Mississippi ranks number one. For states with the highest number of working hours, Washington D.C. and Louisiana rank number four and five. Washington, D.C. also ranks number one for highest long-term unemployment rates, and Florida is number three in states with the lowest income growth.
Could these factors contribute to unhappiness, therefore, an unhappy marriage?
Correlation does not equal causation, but these areas of unhappiness are a few things to consider when newlywed couples are looking for new places to live after the wedding.
And if you didn't already know, Utah has ranked the highest for happiest state. Think about that.