Recent research suggests that fewer couples across the country break up their marriages, so the divorce rates have significantly dropped off.
A group of experts from the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University has conducted a survey to establish the number of married couples who have divorced in recent years.
Based on the findings, 2015 was the third year in a row when divorce rates recorded a massive decline. More precisely, the median divorce rates in the United States have constantly declined for some years with a record of 16.9 percent last year, down from 17.6 percent in 2014.
Last year, it was recorded the lowest divorce rate across the country since 1980. Back then, 23 percent of couples broke up their marriages. These statistics debunk the common misconception that fifty percent of all marriages end in divorce.
In addition to this, Hawaii ranks first with the lowest divorce rates as only 11.1% of couples divorced last year. There are four other American states which have such low rates, including Delaware and New Jersey with 12.9 percent as well as Rhode Island with just 12.6 percent.
Wisconsin stands out with a divorce rate of only 12.4 percent. Nevertheless, the highest rates were recorded in Washington, D.C., as 29 percent of married couples divorced. In other words, this percentage is much higher compared to the encouraging national average.
Four other states across the country recorded high divorce rankings, such as Wyoming with 27.9 percent, Nevada with 25.7 percent, Arkansas with 25.3 percent, and Alaska with 22.7 percent. However, the researchers add that the number of married couples has increased as well.
Last year, 32.3 percent of American couples got married up from 31.9 percent in 2014. It is worth mentioning that these statistics account for 15-year-old women and older. The 2015 statistics are the most encouraging since 2009.
Although the marriage rate is on the rise, it is far from the one in 1980, which went up to 44 percent. Scientists are not sure why the marriage and divorce rates are higher or lower in certain locations across the country because this study did not aim to establish the factors influencing the rates.
Instead, the group of researchers tried to identify the connection between the common misconception about marriage and the real divorce rates across the United States.
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