Which Part Of The Country Has The Most Divorces?

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The census shows where divorce is most prevalent.

Have you ever been the Florida Keys? Pretty nice, right?  Beers, sun, the Hemmingway experience, et cetera. But did you know that Monroe County (which entirely encompasses the nearly 2,000-island chain) has one of the highest proportions of divorced residents in America.

According to the Associated Press, 18 percent of the islands' residents have been part of failed marriages. Per census data, only Wayne County in Indiana has a higher percentage of divorcees (19 percent). While it makes sense that the Keys would have a high rate of divorced people (it's like a Carl Hiassen novel down there), no one can really put a finger on why Wayne County would have such a preponderance of divorces. Not many people run away from shaky marriages to eastern Indiana (unless they're from western Ohio). Read: Still Intimate With Ex After Divorce?

Furthermore, divorce in Florida is really easy—possibly as easy as guessing that it might rain during the summer but not as easy as falling out of a boat and hitting water. But the state with the highest concentration of divorced people is Nevada. Per the census, 14 percent of Nevadans have at least one divorce. Evidently, they (divorces) are easy to come by there as well, almost as easy as it is to get married in the Silver State. While the state's reputation for being a debauched playground may be a little overblown, 85 percent of its resident do live in either Las Vegas or Reno, the latter of which has legalized prostitution.

Looking at the statistics may seem a little misleading, though. "Common knowledge" puts the US divorce rate at 50 percent, but this is a red herring for two reasons. First and foremost, that rate is heavily influenced by people getting multiple divorces (it's like a gateway drug). And secondly, as best as I can tell, 50 percent is a lifetime, trended estimate rather than an exact number to hang your hat upon. 

The good news is that while divorce increased slightly, marriages increased by a much larger percentage. And just for fun, check out this New York Times article "YOUNG PEOPLE MARRYING; More Than When Living Was Cheaper, Census Report Says"… this article was from 1913. The more things change...