The Most Divorced States in America

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Not every marriage is perfect, everyone knows that. According to the American Psychological Association, about 40% to 50% of all marriages in the United States end in divorce. While that sounds like a lot, it doesn't mean that almost half of the country is divorced, or that the number of divorces is spread evenly across the country.

It's difficult to find a pattern in divorce rates across the country. Thanks to a 2012 report from the U.S. Census and data aggregation by Bloomberg we are able to say which states have higher divorce rates than others. These states are spread across the country, making it tough to say that people living in a particular region are more likely than others to be divorced.

This list reflects the 10 states with the highest percentage of divorced people aged 15 and older.

So if you're looking to find other divorcees you might want to look into moving to these states. Or you might want to avoid them if you think higher divorce rates are bad luck for your own marriage.

10. Tennessee

Percentage divorced: 13%

Percentage married: 49.1%

Percentage separated: 2.3%

9. New Mexico

Percentage divorced: 13.1%

Percentage married: 46.1%

Percentage separated: 1.8%

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8. Kentucky

Percentage divorced: 13.2%

Percentage married: 50.1%

Percentage separated: 2.2%

Next on the list is Kentucky, and technically tied for seventh/eighth, with 13.2% of its 4,395,295 residents divorced. About half, or 50.1%, of the people living in the state were married, and 2.2% were separated.

7. Florida

Percentage divorced: 13.2%

Percentage married: 46%

Percentage separated: 2.5%

Technically, Florida should be tied with Kentucky for seventh/eighth place because they both have a divorce rate of 13.2%, though Florida has a larger population with 19,552,860 total residents. Less than half, or 46%, of Floridians said they were married, and 2.5% said they were separated.

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6. West Virginia

Percentage divorced: 13.3%

Percentage married: 49.9%

Percentage separated: 1.5%

West Virginia is tied for fifth/sixth on the list with 13.3% of its 1,854,304 saying they were divorced when asked surveyed. Just under half, or 49.9%, of the population of the state said they were married, with 1.5% saying they were separated.

5. Arkansas

Percentage divorced: 13.3%

Percentage married: 50.5%

Percentage separated: 2.3%

Though it has the same divorce percentage as West Virginia with 13.3% of residents saying they're divorced, Arkansas has a larger population at 2,959,373. Over half of the state's residents, 50.5% to be precise, said they were married, and 2.3% reported their status as separated.

4. Oregon

Percentage divorced: 13.4%

Percentage married: 49%

Percentage separated: 1.9%

3. Oklahoma

Percentage divorced: 13.5%

Percentage married: 50.1%

Percentage separated: 2.2%

2. Maine

Percentage divorced: 14.2%

Percentage married: 50.8%

Percentage separated: 1.2%

1. Nevada

Percentage divorced: 14.6%

Percentage married: 45.6%

Percentage separated: 2.4%

Nevada, the state whose largest city is almost synonymous with spur-of-the-moment marriages, is at the top of the list. A total of 14.6% of the state's population were divorced as of 2012, another 2.4% were separated, and 45.6% of the state's residents were married.

Read Also:  The Least Divorced States in America

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