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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Get divorced lately?

Posted By on Thu, Oct 15, 2009 at 11:19 AM

The Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends Project has released a new analysis of state-level data from the 2008 American Community Survey. The report explores key statistics about marriage and divorce, such as the percentage of adults who are married, divorced or married three or more times, as well as the median age at first marriage.  So where does Arkansas rank? 

Arkansas tops the list when it comes to the number of men who have been married three or more times.  The natural state has the second-highest number of women married three or more times.  According to this interactive map, Arkansas is third from the bottom when it comes to median age at first marriage for both men (age 26) and women (age 24).

So what does it all mean? The report offers a brief explanation on the correlation between patterns in marriage and divorce and other socioeconomic factors. 

A state's education levels, for example, tend to be associated with the median age at marriage and the multiple-marriage patterns of its residents. In states with high shares of college-educated adults, men and women marry at older ages, a finding supported by other research indicating that highly educated individuals marry later in life. In states with low shares of college-educated adults, adults are more likely than average to marry three or more times. In states with low income levels, men are more likely than average to have been married three or more times.

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