For people in Massachusetts and throughout the country, the divorce rate is the lowest it has been in almost 40 years. According to the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University, in 2015, there were 16.9 divorces per 1,000 women over 15 who were married. In 2014, it was 17.6. In 1980, at the highest point, there were nearly 23 divorces per 1,000 women.
Furthermore, marriage rates are slightly higher, so although there is not necessarily a relationship between the numbers, experts believe both might be stabilizing. However, marriage rates are still not as high as they once were. In fact, experts believe that one reason for the lower divorce rate might be that more people are choosing to live together rather than marry.