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States with the highest and lowest divorce rates

On Behalf of | Feb 1, 2023 | Divorce

Staying married can be challenging. Statistics show that the chances of getting a divorce are higher in some states than others. In 2022, Florida fell in the middle as it made neither the list of states with the most or least number of divorced women per 1,000 married individuals.


Arkansas has the highest divorce rate, where approximately 10.7% of married individuals were divorced women. Statistics show that people in Arkansas marry younger in life than those in other states. On average, men in Arkansas get married when they are 26.3 years old compared to the national average of 29.5 years. Meanwhile, women in Arkansas, on average, get married when they are 24.8 years old compared to the national average of 27.4.


Oklahoma has the nation’s second-highest divorce rate at 10.4%. The state ranks above the average marriage rate, which could explain some divorce rates. Additionally, the state has more poverty than many other states, which may place more strain on the relationship.


Residents of Nevada have the third highest divorce rate at 10.2%. This rate may be higher because it is effortless to get married in Nevada, and therefore, people do not take the time to consider the long-term implications of getting married.

States With the Lowest Divorce Rates

On the other end of the spectrum, some states have a much lower divorce rate than the national average. These states include:

  • Maine at 4.8%
  • South Dakota at 6%
  • Pennsylvania and New York at 6.1%

Before getting married, consider your maturity and income level along with if you are committed to the other person long-term. It also helps to be sure that you are on the same page when it comes to life goals.