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Stats: Massachusetts has lowest divorce rate in the US

According to figures compiled by all the states that track them, the national divorce rate has declined significantly during the last two decades. Data is available through 2009, but at that point, Massachusetts had the lowest divorce rate in the country. According to the statistics, Massachusetts' divorce rate was 2.2 divorces per 1,000 people. It's a decline from the rate of 2.8 divorces per 1,000 people in 1990.  

That 1990 figure is still low compared to other states. Of course, many studies have been published during the last few years about how the recession has affected divorces, so the numbers may have changed for better or worse since 2009. Additionally, many more older Americans are getting divorced than in decades past. Some other factors dropping the divorce rate could be that many younger people are choosing to live together before getting married. Those people may find out before they tie the knot that they aren't meant to be together, preventing a messy divorce. 

The prize for the highest divorce rate goes to Nevada, which had a rate of 6.7 divorces per 1,000 people. But the drop for that state has been much greater. It had a divorce rate of 11.4 in 1990. Of course, in Nevada, many people may run off to a Vegas casino to tie the knot before they've fully thought through what they were doing. 

No matter how low the rate for Massachusetts is, though, it's important to remember that every marriage is different. Some people in troubled marriages may see a low divorce rate and get worried about the social stigma that will be attached to ending a marriage. But that shouldn't be the case. Most people aren't happy to see marriages end, but if divorce is the best option, it should be pursued. 

Source: The Huffington Post, "Divorce Rates Declining In The U.S. (Interactive Map)," Kevin Chern, April 11, 2013

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