STATE-BY-STATE DIVORCE RATES:
MASSACHUSETTS LOWEST; NEVADA HIGHEST


Massachusetts and Connecticut rank first and second, respectively, for having the lowest divorce rates in the nation, according to new 1994 divorce data from the National Center for Health Statistics. Both states experienced a moderate drop in divorce rates between 1992 and 1994 to remain at the top of the list. Massachusetts fell from 2.8 in 1992 to 2.4 in 1994, while Connecticut fell from 3.1 to 2.8.

Nevada once again had the highest divorce rate in the country, even though it experienced the most marked drop in divorce rates during the two-year period. Nevada fell from 11.4 in 1992 to 9.0 in 1994.

The divorce rate per 1,000 population for the entire United States was 4.6 in 1994, down from 4.8 in 1992. Generally, rates were lower in the Northeast and Midwest and higher in the West and Southeast.

Only four states (New York, South Dakota, Missouri, and Mississippi) experienced a rise in divorce rates between 1992 and 1994. Eight other states held the same rate during 1992 and 1994. Vermont, with a drop in the divorce rate from 5.2 to 4.0, rose in rank from 27th to a tie for 15th position.


1994 Numbers and Rates for Each State

  Rank     State      Number    Rate     
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      United States 1,191,000  4.6

  1   Massachusetts  14,530    2.4     
  2   Connecticut     9,095    2.8     
  3   New Jersey     23,899    3.0     
  4   Rhode Island    3,231    3.2     
  5   New York       59,195    3.3     
      Pennsylvania   40,040    3.3     
  7   Wisconsin      17,478    3.4     
      North Dakota    2,201    3.4     
  9   Maryland       17,439    3.5     
 10   Minnesota      16,217    3.6     
      Louisiana         ***    3.6     
 12   Illinois       43,398    3.7     
 13   District of     2,244    3.9     
      Columbia
      Iowa           10,930    3.9     
 15   Nebraska        6,547    4.0     
      Vermont         2,316    4.0     
 17   Michigan       38,727    4.1     
 18   South Dakota    3,022    4.2     
      South Carolina 15,301    4.2     
      Hawaii          4,979    4.2     
 21   California        ***    4.3     
 22   Maine           5,433    4.4     
      New Hampshire   5,041    4.4     
 24   Ohio           49,968    4.5     
 25   Virginia       30,016    4.6         
 26   Kansas         12,093    4.7     
      Utah            8,999    4.7
 28   Delaware         3,385   4.8 
 29   Montana          4,153   4.9 
 30   Missouri        26,324   5.0 
      West Virginia    9,179   5.0 
 32   North Carolina  36,292   5.1 
      Colorado        18,795   5.1 
 34   Georgia         37,001   5.2 
 35   Oregon          16,307   5.3 
 36   Texas           99,073   5.4 
 37   Alaska           3,354   5.5 
 38   Washington      29,976   5.6 
 39   Mississippi     15,212   5.7 
 40   Kentucky        22,211   5.8 
      Arizona         23,725   5.8 
 42   Florida         82,963   5.9 
 43   New Mexico       9,882   6.0 
 44   Idaho            7,075   6.2 
      Alabama         26,116   6.2 
 46   Indiana            ***   6.4 
 47   Wyoming          3,071   6.5 
 48   Tennessee       34,167   6.6 
 49   Oklahoma        21,855   6.7 
 50   Arkansas        17,458   7.1 
 51   Nevada          13,061   9.0 

Source: Monthly Vital Statistics Report, Vol 43, No. 13, October 23, 1995, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Center for Health Statistics. Note: All statistics are for 1994 except: California (1987), Indiana (1987), and Louisiana (1983). Rates are per 1,000 population in specified area. All data are by State of occurrence rather than by State of residence.


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