Census shows divorce rates higher in the South

Friday, August 26, 2011 - 7:51am

Divorce rates are higher in the South than any other region of the country, according to a U.S. Census report.

National divorce rates come in at 9.2 for men and 9.7 for women, but rates in the South are 10.2 for men and 11.1 for women. This all comes from a new report which the Census Bureau called it the first of its kind. It's the first study to “describe the detailed characteristics of marital events among Americans ages 15 and older.”

The report doesn't say why divorce rates are higher in the South. But as local counselor Marty Miller points out, "The divorce rate is higher in the South because there's more marriage in the South...but I don't know if that really explains the whole picture." Southerners also tend to marry younger, which can lead to higher divorce rates.

The report notes a drop in the number of  marriages nationwide, which may be due to high unemployment among younger people who are avoiding long-term commitments while they search for work.


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