For romantics at heart, the statistics on marriage in America are grim. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 746,971 people divorced in 2019, up from 2,015,603 marriages. This divorce rate translates to 2.7 per 1,000 people. The Institute for Family Studies says the divorce rate in the United States has changed little since 1970.
Divorce is also costly, both financially and in terms of the effects on parents and children. The average cost of a divorce is $ 13,000. In cases involving custody of children, the number is usually higher. There may be emotional effects in children, including a feeling of isolation, reduced performance in school, and emotional distress.
Statistics show that married people in some states stay together much longer than in others. 24/7 Tempo ranked the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on the average length of their marriages. Of course, rankings are influenced by more than death and divorce rates. Other factors include the median age at marriage, which differs for men and women, and age demographics.
The numbers can vary considerably. For example, the median age at first marriage for men in Connecticut is 32.1 years, while in Wyoming it is only 26.5 years. The median age at first marriage for women in Rhode Island is 30.5 years, but in Utah it is only 24.8 years.
Because of all the variables, the median length of current marriages also varies widely, from a high of 22.5 years in West Virginia to a low of 11.1 years in the District of Columbia, less than half of the duration. Generally, marriages seem to last longer in the north and northeast and shorter in the south and southwest. Different social mores may explain some of the variations. Note that, in many cases, states with a higher percentage of older residents also have longer marriages.
To identify the state where people stay married the longest, 24/7 Tempo looked at the median length of current marriages in each state and the District of Columbia from the 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) of the US Census. Office.
Data on the median age at first marriage for men and women, the percentage of state residents aged 15 and over who are widowed, and the percentages of each population aged 25 to 35, from 18 to 62 and 65 or over were also from ACS.
The state where people stay married the longest is West Virginia. Here are the details:
- Median length of current marriage (2019): 22.5 years
- Median age at first marriage (male): 28.6 (13th youngest)
- Median age at first marriage (female): 26.3 (eighth youngest)
- Widowed, from 2019: 7.9% (oldest)
- Population aged 25 to 35: 11.8% (211,267 in total, the youngest)
- Population aged 18 to 62: 54.8% (982,503 in total, second youngest)
- Population aged 65 and over: 20.5% (367,400 in total, third oldest)
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