Divorce rates in 2011 were also below 3 per 1,000 residents in Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia, the CDC reported. Nevada’s 5.6 rate was the highest in the country.
The state of the American marriage is actually improving, by a considerable degree. The old myth that half of all marriages end in divorce isn’t true — and it hasn’t been for a quarter of a century. Couples who tied the knot in the 1990s are more likely to reach their 15th anniversaries than those who got married in the 1970s or 1980s. Justin Wolfers, a University of Michigan economist, estimates that two-thirds of marriages will not involve a divorce.
In 37 of the 43 states that reported divorce statistics to the CDC, the divorce rate in 2011 was lower than it was in 2001.
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