The States With the Most (and Least) Divorces

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The States With the Smallest Divorced Populations

10. Maryland
> Pct. population divorced: 10.0%
> Median household income: $72,483 (the highest)
> Pct. never married: 35.3% (5th highest)
> Pct. with bachelor’s degree: 37.4% (3rd highest)

One in 10 Maryland residents over 15 years old were divorced, the 10th lowest such proportion nationwide. A range of factors contributed to the relatively low incidence of divorce in the state, including high incomes, which often strengthen the mutual benefits for married couples and reduce the likelihood of financial stress. Maryland’s median household income of $72,483 was the highest in the nation. State residents are also less likely to be married than most Americans, which of course lowers the likelihood of divorce.

9. California
> Pct. population divorced: 9.7%
> Median household income: $60,190 (10th highest)
> Pct. never married: 36.8% (2nd highest)
> Pct. with bachelor’s degree: 31.0% (17th highest)

In California, 36.8% of the state’s population had never been married, higher than every state in the country except New York. It is not too surprising, then, that less than 10% of the state’s population aged 15 or older was divorced. Many take issue with “no-fault” divorce, a policy California was the first state to adopt. No-fault divorce allows residents the option to claim divorce without any specific wrongdoing on the part of their spouse. While it was the first state to adopt this policy, California still has fewer divorced people relative to its population than most other states. Less than 10% of California’s population was divorced.

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8. Illinois
> Pct. population divorced: 9.7%
> Median household income: $56,210 (17th highest)
> Pct. never married: 34.9% (6th highest)
> Pct. with bachelor’s degree: 32.1% (13th highest)

Americans aged 55 to 64 are the most likely to be divorced. However, while 18.2% of Americans in this age group were divorced, only 16% of Illinois residents in that cohort were, a lower percentage than all but a handful of other states. Nearly 35% of Illinois adults had never married, the sixth-highest percentage in the nation, as well as a contributing factor to the relatively low incidence of divorce in the state.