With the exception of Wyoming, Vermont and Georgia, every state in America saw an increase in the number of divorced residents living in their state since 2007.
The analysis published on Bloomberg.com examined the change in the number of residents age 15 and older who were divorced in 2012 compared to similar data collected in 2007. The five states that had the biggest increase in the number of divorced residents were:
- Maine – 1.8%
- North Dakota – 1.7%
- West Virginia – 1.7%
- Iowa – 1.6%
- Arkansas 1.5%
Minnesota fell right in the middle of the spectrum, posting a 0.7% increase in the number of divorced residents. The Land of 10,000 Lakes came in at 24th on the list, finishing tied with eight other states.
Wyoming was the only state to see a decrease in the number of divorced residents since 2007. It reported a 0.2% decrease, while Vermont and Georgia were at the same rate reported in 2007.
Highest Divorce Rates
While Maine may have seen the biggest increase in the number of divorced residents, it doesn’t boast the highest percentage of divorced residents. That title goes Nevada, where 14.6% of the population is divorced. Nevada is followed by Maine (14.2%), Oklahoma (13.5%), Oregon (13.4%) and West Virginia (13.3%).
The data reveals that 10.2% of Minnesotans reported they were divorced during data collection in 2012. Compared to the rest of the country, Minnesota ranked in a tie for 39th in terms of total percentage of divorced residents.
Related source: Bloomberg