Study: Southern States Have the Highest Divorce Rate For Americans Under 30

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Divorced couple holding a broken heartMarried couples have different reasons behind for getting a divorce, but their age and the place where they live could be indicators.

A Zippia study showed that southern states have the highest divorce rates for Americans under 30 years old. The study based its findings on the American Community Survey’s PUMS data.

Southern Divorce​

Arkansas topped the list with a 20% divorce rate for people in their 20s, while Idaho followed with a 17.6% rate. Oklahoma and Alabama have 17.21% and 15.52% rates, respectively. West Virginia completed the top five with a 15.38% rate.

The study only used a small number of young Americans that may have recently just tied the knot. However, up to 50% of married couples in the U.S. eventually split up, according to the American Psychological Association. A majority may also file for a divorce before they reach their 30th anniversary. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Five-Year American Community Survey also showed that what you do for a living may increase the chances of divorce.

High-Risk Jobs​

If you are married and you live in Colorado, you might need the services of divorce lawyers in Boulder, CO, if you work as a gaming manager. That is because the job has the highest divorce rate in the U.S. at 52.9%, as opposed to actuaries with the lowest rate of 17%. The party atmosphere could be a reason behind a gaming manager’s unsuccessful marriage.

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As bartenders work in a similar environment, they ranked next to gaming managers with a 52.7% divorce rate. Other jobs that strain a marriage include flight attendants and telemarketers, which have 50.5% and 49.2% rates, respectively.

Young Americans should take their time before plunging into married life. On the other hand, your job should not be the sole reason why you think your marriage is going through a rough patch.