Nevada is known for being the most divorce-happy state, but Nevadans are hardly alone in calling it quits on their marriages.
The map below shows the states with the highest percentage of residents who identify as divorced — and though Nevada comes out on top (13.9 percent), Maine isn’t too far behind with 13.5 percent. Find The Data crunched the numbers using data from the 2013 Census’ American Community Survey (head to the site and click on individual states for a more in-depth look at marriage rates).
It’s interesting to note that the actual divorce rate in the U.S. isn’t as high as most people think. Though it’s often quoted that 50 percent of marriages end in divorce, a recent New York Times’ piece suggested that the divorce rate has actually been dropping for some time now. After looking at the numbers, the Times suggested the high divorce rate of the late 1970s and early 1980s was more of a “historical anomaly” than a trend.
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