Love is a beautiful thing, but marriage isn’t easy. It’s not always lasting either. While it’s common knowledge that about 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce, the odds vary greatly across the U.S. Different states have drastically different divorce rates due to a number of factors, such as poverty rates, rates at which individuals attend college, what age couples marry and whether or not they have kids.
While divorce rates are still relatively high, the good news is that there’s been a major decline since 1990, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Research says that’s largely thanks to millennials, who seem to be staying married longer. Part of that could be for financial reasons (because, well, millennials are broke). But other reasons are at play, too, like waiting longer to get married in modern times.
There are still parts of the country that fare better than others, though, when it comes to marriage. Here are the 30 worst states to be married, with the highest rates of divorce in the U.S., per 1,000 total population. We also included information from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 American Community Survey to highlight the different population stats regarding marriage and divorce. Let’s just say, you may want to reconsider moving if a happy marriage is something you want for your future.