Washington has one of the country's highest divorce rates: report

Feb 24 2020, 7:58 pm

The numbers don’t lie.

According to a recently published study by the US Census, Washington has officially made the list of top ten states with the highest divorce rates.

Data for the study was collected during the 2018 American Community Survey and was measured by calculating divorces per 1,000 women aged 15 and over across the states.

Nevada and Washington tied with the ninth-highest divorce rates in the country.

In 2018, Washington’s divorce rate was at 9.6%, 1.9% higher than the US average. Although this sounds incredibly high, it’s important to note that between 2008 and 2018, the divorce rate in Washington decreased by 2.9 divorces per 1,000 women aged 15 and older.

Topping the chart is Arkansas at 13%, South Dakota at 12%, Oklahoma at 10.8%, Kentucky at 10.5%, and our neighbors, Oregon, at 10.1%.

Before you start worrying about your future, take into account the fact that Washington is actually pretty balanced in terms of marriage rates and divorce rates.

Data shows that more and more Washingtonians are getting hitched, with there being 2.1 more marriages per 1,000 women aged 15 and over in Washington compared to the rest of the US (18.7% compared to an average of 16.6%).

The top five states for marriage rates included Utah (23.1%), Wyoming (22.9%), Idaho (22.6%), District of Columbia (22.3%), and North Dakota (21.5%). Washington came in 14th, tied with Nevada and Oregon.

Alyssa TherrienAlyssa Therrien

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