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Friday, October 21, 2011

Divorce Rate Lowest in...NJ


A U.S. Census report shows the Northeast, and New Jersey in particular, has the lowest divorce rates in America, trailed closely by New York.


"People assume that people in the Northeast divorce easily because they’re less religious, but that’s not the case," said Deborah Carr, a professor of sociology at Rutgers University. New Jerseyans may also stick together because here, well, it’s just too expensive to break up.

In the Northeast, 7.2 per 1,000 men and 7.5 per 1,000 women got divorced. In the South, the rates were 10.2 for men and 11.1 for women.

New Jersey’s rates — the lowest — were 6.1 for men and 6 for women, according to the 2009 American Community Survey, which released the data last month.

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It's interesting to me that Oklahoma is the buckle of the Bible belt and yet its divorce rates per capita are some of the highest in the nation.

Posted by: Tulsa Divorce Attorney | Oct 21, 2011 10:26:03 AM

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