Divorce Rate Lowest Since 1980, Still High in Washington, DC

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Divorce rates dropped 25% from 1980 to 2015. However, in several areas, led by Washington, D.C., the rates are still high.

According to The Bowling Green State University National Center for Family and Marriage Research’s data for 2015:

Washington, D.C., continued to have the highest divorce rate, with nearly 30 marriages per 1,000 ending in divorce.
Hawaii continued to have one of the lowest divorce rates, with only 11 marriages per 1,000 ending in divorce.
The divorce rate was 16.9 divorces per 1,000 married women in 2015, down from 17.6 in 2014.
Washington, D.C. has had the highest divorce rate for the past two years
Hawaii was the only state with a divorce rate under 12 in 2015.
The divorce rate decreased by 25% from 1980 (22.6) to 2015.
Just over one million women (1,110,579) divorced in 2015.

The divorce rate (represented as the number of divorces per 1,000 married women aged 15 and older) continued to decline in 2015, reaching a 40-year low.

 Five Highest and Lowest Divorce Rates, 2015:

1. Wash, D.C., 29.9
2. Wyoming, 27.9
3. Nevada, 25.7
4. Arkansas, 25.3
5. Alaska, 22.7
47. New Jersey, 12.9
48. Delaware, 12.9
49. Rhode Island, 12.6
50. Wisconsin, 12.4
51. Hawaii, 11.1

U.S., 16.9