These Are The States With The Highest / Lowest Divorce Rates By 30

We mapped how the divorce rate by 30 changes around America.

If you've ever been married, you probably have a good idea of why it is that a lot of people get divorced.

But while most people are aware that there are all kinds of factors that go into making a marriage work, did you know that the state where you live can also play a significant role?

Using the most recent PUMS data from the American Community Survey we were able to determine just how big this role was by figuring out which states in the US had the highest divorce rates.

Specifically, we looked at divorce rates for people at the age of 30 to create our map, which you can find here:

You can access an image of the map here.

Woof. Whatever your feelings are on the results, you've got to admit it looks a little strange to see divorce rates so high in the Bible Belt.

We've got an extended list for you at the end of the article to help visualize the data a little differently, but first, here's a more in-depth look at the top five and bottom five states in the US for divorce rates.

Top five highest divorce rates in the U.S.

1. Arkansas

With over 600,000 acres of lakes and 2.5 million acres of national forests, Arkansas is well known for its rustic beauty and enduring pioneer culture.

What's less enduring, apparently, is marriage within the state -- with divorce rates at nearly 20%, Arkansas sits firmly at the top of our list. Not a great outlook for those newly married the Natural State.

2. Idaho

Potato capital of the USA, Idaho, turns out to be number 2 on our list with one of the highest divorce rates in the nation.

Idaho’s location right next to Washington and Oregon -- whose low divorce rates are at 10% and 11%, respectively -- doesn't seem to be helping the state, whose divorce rate stands at a whopping 17.6%.

3. Oklahoma

Oklahoma; where the weather changes by the hour, where the wind comes sweeping down the plains, and where the divorce rate is (apparently) the 3rd highest in the nation.

That high tornado rate must be blowing all the happier couples down into Texas -- as it is, Oklahoma's divorce rate is at 17.21%, making it yet another Bible Belter with an odd relationship with marriage.

4. Alabama

Home of Forrest Gump and, we assume, at least a few real life human beings, Alabama sports a divorce rate of 15.52%.

Like many of the states at the top of this list, Alabama is located in the Bible Belt, but unlike the other Bible Belters on our list, Alabama is located smack dab in the middle of it.

Baptists, Methodists, and Protestants all make up the largest religious denominations in the state, and it's conspicuous that a state whose culture puts such a big emphasis on the sanctity of marriage has such high rates of hitting the undo button on their own.

5. West Virginia

Best known as the biggest producer of coal and second biggest producer of "Area Man" stories in the US, West Virginia takes the final spot on our top 5 list with a divorce rate of 15.38%.

The region has some of the highest concentrations of caves in the United States, which might explain the holes in its citizens' hearts that marriage is just never able to fill.

Depressing, we know. But enough of these sad, lonely states -- let's take a look at some states where marriage really lasts.

Five states with the lowest divorce rates in the U.S.

1. New York

New York! New York, of all places, makes the top of our list of lowest divorce rates with a rate of 4.97%.

The same cold, jaded New York so full of liberals who are supposedly trying to destroy marriage for everyone.

Huh. It really makes you think, don't it.

2. New Jersey

Another liberal haven of New England and mafioso capital of the world, New Jersey comes in second with a divorce rate of only 5.34%.

We're sorry, we of course did not mean to imply that everyone who lives in New Jersey works for the mafia. But if any of them do, you can bet their marriage is a lot happier than Tony Soprano's ever was.

3. Massachusetts

Home of both the Salem Witch Trials and the subsequent exploitation of the state's violent witch-trialing past, Massachusetts might not seem like the place to have the third lowest divorce rates in the nation, and yet that is the world we live in today.

Should any Massachusetts witches have survived those purges, we hope you're enjoying your happy marriages.

4. Connecticut

Connecticut, the land of deer, colleges, and hedge funds. The state has an almost inexplicable divorce rate of only 6.27%, especially given the sheer amount of rich, unhappy people that live there.

Inexplicable, that is, until you remember that the concept of a pre-nup agreements. Rich people will hold onto all kinds of resentments if it means they'll get to stay rich.

We're kidding. We're sure there are at least a few legitimately happy people in Connecticut. Somewhere.

5. Pennsylvania

Last, but not least -- because 'least' is New York, as we've mentioned -- is the great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Keystone State.

Pennsylvania's just makes our list of the top 5 lowest divorce rates with their rate of 6.59%. Maybe Pennsylvania’s status as the home state of Mister Rogers (of Neighborhood fame) generates just enough wholesome feelings to keep Keystone couples together forever.

Wrapping Up

That’s all for now! Below you’ll find a table of all the states ranked by their divorce rates at 30, but there's more to see here at Zippia.

You can search for jobs both before or after your impending divorce using our official search page at

Or are you looking for more articles like this one? Here's a look at how much a living wage really is in every state.

Divorce Rate At 30 By State (Highest to Lowest)

2 - Idaho
9 - Utah
10 - Indiana
11 - Wyoming
12 - Kansas
14 - Montana
15 - Alaska
18 - Texas
19 - Georgia
20 - Maine
23 - Iowa
26 - Florida
27 - Nevada
28 - Oregon
29 - Arizona
31 - Ohio
37 - Vermont
38 - Hawaii