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15 States Where Divorce Is Most Common

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The national divorce rate has fallen over the past 10 years, according to recent U.S. Census Bureau data.

There were 7.6 new divorces per 1,000 women in 2019, compared with 9.7 per 1,000 in 2009.

That trend also held in most of the states where divorce is most common — though not all of them. In a couple of states, the divorce rate has gone up in recent years.

Following is a look at the states where divorce happens most frequently, ranked based on their divorce rate as of 2019, the latest available.

14. Montana (tie)

Bowman Lake
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Divorce rate in 2019: 8.7 divorces per 1,000 women

Divorce rate in 2009: 11.1 divorces per 1,000 women

Change in rate: Not considered statistically significant

14. Mississippi (tie)

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Divorce rate in 2019: 8.7 divorces per 1,000 women

Divorce rate in 2009: 12.5 divorces per 1,000 women

Change in rate: Decreased by 3.8 divorces per 1,000 women

13. Georgia

Kennesaw, Georgia
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Divorce rate in 2019: 8.9 divorces per 1,000 women

Divorce rate in 2009: 11.7 divorces per 1,000 women

Change in rate: Decreased by 2.8 divorces per 1,000 women

12. Indiana

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Divorce rate in 2019: 9 divorces per 1,000 women

Divorce rate in 2009: 10.7 divorces per 1,000 women

Change in rate: Decreased by 1.7 divorces per 1,000 women

10. Missouri (tie)

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Divorce rate in 2019: 9.1 divorces per 1,000 women

Divorce rate in 2009: 10.4 divorces per 1,000 women

Change in rate: Not considered statistically significant

10. Alabama (tie)

Woman on park bench in Mobile, Alabama
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Divorce rate in 2019: 9.1 divorces per 1,000 women

Divorce rate in 2009: 13.9 divorces per 1,000 women

Change in rate: Decreased by 4.8 divorces per 1,000 women

9. Kansas

Wichita, Kansas
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Divorce rate in 2019: 9.2 divorces per 1,000 women

Divorce rate in 2009: 10.2 divorces per 1,000 women

Change in rate: Not considered statistically significant

7. Utah (tie)

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Divorce rate in 2019: 9.4 divorces per 1,000 women

Divorce rate in 2009: 10.8 divorces per 1,000 women

Change in rate: Not considered statistically significant

7. Delaware (tie)

Delaware
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Divorce rate in 2019: 9.4 divorces per 1,000 women

Divorce rate in 2009: 8.7 divorces per 1,000 women

Change in rate: Not considered statistically significant

6. Wyoming

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Divorce rate in 2019: 10 divorces per 1,000 women

Divorce rate in 2009: 10.7 divorces per 1,000 women

Change in rate: Not considered statistically significant

5. Kentucky

Lake Barkley
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Divorce rate in 2019: 10.1 divorces per 1,000 women

Divorce rate in 2009: 13.5 divorces per 1,000 women

Change in rate: Decreased by 3.4 divorces per 1,000 women

3. New Mexico (tie)

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Divorce rate in 2019: 10.2 divorces per 1,000 women

Divorce rate in 2009: 10.1 divorces per 1,000 women

Change in rate: Not considered statistically significant

3. Nevada (tie)

Reno, Nevada
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Divorce rate in 2019: 10.2 divorces per 1,000 women

Divorce rate in 2009: 12.3 divorces per 1,000 women

Change in rate: Not considered statistically significant

2. Oklahoma

Grand Lake
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Divorce rate in 2019: 10.4 divorces per 1,000 women

Divorce rate in 2009: 14.1 divorces per 1,000 women

Change in rate: Decreased by 3.7 divorces per 1,000 women

1. Arkansas

Little Rock, Arkansas
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Divorce rate in 2019: 10.7 divorces per 1,000 women

Divorce rate in 2009: 12.8 divorces per 1,000 women

Change in rate: Not considered statistically significant

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