January 6, 2009

Splitsville

16%

Nevada has the highest share of divorced women (16%), although Maine is close behind at 15%.

Looking at divorced adults, 16% of Nevada’s women and 13% of its men fit in that category, as do 15% of Maine’s women and 12% of its men. They are among the states with the largest shares of currently divorced residents, a distinction they share with Arizona, Oklahoma and Oregon. A similar measure — number of divorces within the previous 12 months per 1,000 women — tends to be high in states where women marry young, such as Oklahoma and Idaho. But the same link is not as strong for men: Alaska and Wyoming, for example, are among the top states for recently divorced men, but they are not states where men marry especially young. Read More