Divorce Rates by State

An often-quoted statistic used to ward people off marriages is that 1 in every 2 couples ends up divorced. However, this is a misrepresentation based on unreliable data. It is very hard to accurately measure the rate of divorce in the U.S because such measurements only take into account the number of marriages and divorces that occurred in the same year. 

The real figure is estimated to be around 14.9 divorces per 1000 marriages, which was recorded in the 2019 American Community Survey. A more recent survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that there are only 2.9 divorces per 1000 marriages, however, this data was only taken from 45 states, and therefore does not provide a clear picture for the whole country. Despite the inaccuracy of the data, it still highlights a long-term decline in divorce rates within the U.S.

If you would like to learn more about divorce rates in the U.S., you can refer to the data in the charts. 

Divorce Rate by State

Alabama

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10.04%

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Alaska

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8.98%

#28 in the US

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Arizona

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9.79%

#13 in the US

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Arkansas

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10.51%

#5 in the US

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California

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7.45%

#43 in the US

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Colorado

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9.65%

#14 in the US

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Connecticut

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8.81%

#29 in the US

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Delaware

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9.24%

#15 in the US

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District of Columbia

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6.98%

#50 in the US

Florida

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10.81%

#6 in the US

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Georgia

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8.95%

#30 in the US

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Hawaii

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7.31%

#44 in the US

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Idaho

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9.52%

#16 in the US

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Illinois

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7.85%

#45 in the US

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Indiana

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9.96%

#17 in the US

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Iowa

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8.68%

#31 in the US

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Kansas

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8.96%

#32 in the US

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Kentucky

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10.62%

#7 in the US

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Louisiana

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9.3%

#18 in the US

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Maine

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11.84%

#1 in the US

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Maryland

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8.09%

#33 in the US

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Massachusetts

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7.84%

#46 in the US

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Michigan

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9.52%

#19 in the US

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Minnesota

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8.25%

#34 in the US

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Mississippi

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9.21%

#20 in the US

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Missouri

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9.84%

#21 in the US

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Montana

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10.48%

#8 in the US

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Nebraska

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8.16%

#35 in the US

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Nevada

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11.27%

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New Hampshire

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9.88%

#22 in the US

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New Jersey

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7.03%

#47 in the US

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New Mexico

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10.79%

#9 in the US

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New York

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7.28%

#48 in the US

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North Carolina

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8.84%

#36 in the US

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North Dakota

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7.43%

#49 in the US

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Ohio

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9.81%

#23 in the US

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Oklahoma

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10.49%

#10 in the US

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Oregon

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10.6%

#11 in the US

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Pennsylvania

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8.02%

#37 in the US

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Rhode Island

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9.26%

#24 in the US

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South Carolina

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8.75%

#38 in the US

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South Dakota

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8.55%

#39 in the US

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Tennessee

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9.97%

#25 in the US

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Texas

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8.22%

#40 in the US

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Utah

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6.78%

#51 in the US

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Vermont

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10.61%

#12 in the US

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Virginia

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8.23%

#41 in the US

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Washington

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9.33%

#26 in the US

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West Virginia

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11%

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Wisconsin

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8.91%

#42 in the US

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Wyoming

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9.89%

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