Here's How Likely You Are to Get Divorced in Every State

Read on to find out if your state's divorce rate is above the U.S. average.

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No one gets engaged expecting there to be an expiration date on their marriage. However, the fact of the matter is, almost 8 percent of U.S. marriages end in divorce every year, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The good news is, the divorce rate has dropped over the past decade. The U.S. Census Bureau data shows that in 2008, the divorce rate was 10.5 percent, and by 2018, it had fallen to 7.7 percent. But still, many states continue to see a significant number of marriages end in divorce. For the most part, Northeastern states fared better, seeing the lowest divorce rates, while many of the Southern states tended to have the highest divorce rates. To see how your state stacks up, check out the divorce rates for every state, ranked from lowest to highest, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data from 2018. And if you're worried about your marriage, check out 12 Signs You Should Consider Getting A Divorce.

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Delaware

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2.8 percent

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North Dakota

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4.7 percent

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Rhode Island

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4.9 percent

New York

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5.7 percent

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New Jersey

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5.7 percent

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Wisconsin

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6.2 percent

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Vermont

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6.3 percent

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Pennsylvania

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6.5 percent

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New Mexico

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6.6 percent

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Illinois

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6.6 percent

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California

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6.7 percent

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Hawaii

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6.7 percent

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Connecticut

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6.8 percent

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Michigan

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6.9 percent

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Nebraska

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7.0 percent

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Minnesota

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7.1 percent

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Iowa

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7.1 percent

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Ohio

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7.2 percent

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Maryland

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7.4 percent

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Massachusetts

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7.5 percent

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South Carolina

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7.5 percent

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Alaska

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7.6 percent

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Louisiana

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7.6 percent

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Arizona

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8.0 percent

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Florida

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8.0 percent

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Georgia

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8.1 percent

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Virginia

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8.1 percent

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Idaho

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8.2 percent

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Maine

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8.3 percent

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New Hampshire

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8.4 percent

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Texas

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8.4 percent

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Kansas

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8.6 percent

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North Carolina

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8.6 percent

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Colorado

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8.7 percent

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Mississippi

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8.7 percent

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Montana

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9.1 percent

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Tennessee

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9.1 percent

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Missouri

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9.2 percent

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Utah

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9.3 percent

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Wyoming

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9.4 percent

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Washington

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9.6 percent

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Nevada

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9.6 percent

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West Virginia

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9.8 percent

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Alabama

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9.8 percent

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Indiana

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9.9 percent

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Oregon

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10.1 percent

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Kentucky

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10.5 percent

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Oklahoma

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10.8 percent

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South Dakota

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12.1 percent

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Arkansas

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13 percent

Allie Hogan
Allie Hogan is a Brooklyn based writer currently working on her first novel. Read more
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