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Cities with highest rates of divorce

Dec 9, 2021 | Divorce

Divorce can happen for many reasons, and couples in virtually every corner of the country choose to go through the process. However, one health-related website recently analyzed data taken from the U.S. Census Bureau and determined that certain cities see higher rates of divorce than others. The following examines some of the study’s findings.

Reasons for divorce

First, people choose to divorce most commonly because of the following reasons:

  • Lack of commitment
  • Infidelity
  • Frequent arguments, including those over money

However, the study showed that where couples live can also have an impact on their marriage. The study focused on major metropolitan centers across the United States. Some places came in low on the list because of their family-oriented culture, and some locations have some other lowest marriage rates in the country, which would help explain their low divorce rates.

Washington, D.C. came in 12th on the list of 20 major metro areas examined. Although the city’s divorce rate is currently 7.19%, slightly higher than it was, it is still relatively low on the list. As D.C. is a heavily career-oriented city, the recent pandemic has caused challenges for many, such as working from home and just additional stress and tension of everyday living, which has helped increase the divorce rate in the nation’s capital and other cities.

Jacksonville, Florida, topped the study’s list of cities with the highest divorce rates. The River City has a divorce rate of 11.93%, followed by Denver, Colorado, and Austin, Texas. The report did not offer any real specific reasons why these cities had the highest divorce rates, but it did point to factors such as a strong working/career culture, how happy the city’s residents are overall and more. Regardless of where they live, those contemplating or already going through a divorce will want to work with an experienced family law attorney from the onset.