Special Report

The States With the Most (and Least) Divorces

States With the Largest Divorced Populations

11. Tennessee
> Pct. population divorced: 12.7%
> Median household income: $44,297 (9th lowest)
> Pct. never married: 29.2% (12th lowest)
> Pct. with bachelor’s degree: 24.8% (10th lowest)

Among Tennessee’s population over age 15, 12.7% were divorced, tied for the 10th-highest percentage in the nation. The percentage of the population that was divorced has remained effectively unchanged from 2005, while the percentage of state residents who were married has fallen from 2005. Tennessee residents are less well off financially compared to most states. A typical household earned $44,297 annually, the 9th-lowest median household income in the country. As in most states with especially high divorce rates, lower incomes in Tennessee increase the likelihood of stressful financial burdens, which in turn can make relationships more challenging.

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10. Indiana
> Pct. population divorced: 12.7%
> Median household income: $47,529 (17th lowest)
> Pct. never married: 30.2% (17th lowest)
> Pct. with bachelor’s degree: 23.8% (9th lowest)

Indiana is tied with Tennessee for having the 10th largest percentage of its population currently divorced. States where more adults get married are more likely to see higher divorce rates, and Indiana is no exception. Nationally, 33.1% of adults were never married, compared to 30.2% of adults in Indiana. Divorce is often associated with to higher rates of depression and, according to a recent Gallup poll, Indiana had the 11th-highest rate of adults experiencing depression regularly.

9. Montana
> Pct. population divorced: 12.9%
> Median household income: $46,972 (15th lowest)
> Pct. never married: 28.3% (7th lowest)
> Pct. with bachelor’s degree: 29.0% (21st highest)

While states with the largest divorced populations tended to have lower-than-average educational attainment rates, nearly 93% of Montana adults had at least a high school diploma, the third-highest rate nationwide. As in most states with relatively high divorce rates, marriage is more common in Montana. Nearly 72% of Montana residents were either divorced or currently married as of last year, versus 66.9% nationwide.

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