If you ask the average person about the percentage of marriages that end in divorce, you will probably get an answer of about 50 percent. For decades, the idea that “half of all marriages end in divorce” has been widely regarded as fact. The reality, however, is that the actual divorce rate has been dropping since it hit a peak in the 1970s and 80s, and it is now thought to be between 30 and 40 percent.
New Divorce Trends
The likelihood of divorce tends to go up with a subsequent remarriage. In other words, those who get married for a second or third time are more likely to end those marriages through divorce than would a person getting married for the first time. Of course, many people who get divorced have no intention of ever getting married again, and it is estimated that about 10 percent of the current U.S. adult population would be classified as divorced. (For the purposes of this discussion, “divorced” does not include anyone who is currently married, even if they got divorced in the past.)
Recently, a team of researchers took a look at the 200 largest American cities to determine which ones attracted the largest concentrations of divorced individuals. The study relied on data from the American Community Survey—a demographic project run by the U.S. Census Bureau. The cities were ranked by their divorced population as a percentage of their total population. Here are the top five:
- Spokane, Washington: This Pacific Northwest city’s divorcee population comprises 15.92 percent of its total population of just over 172,000;
- Toledo, Ohio: Toledo has a total population of about 225,000 and 15.57 percent of them are divorced;
- Reno, Nevada: The “Biggest Little City in the World” is home to 193,000 people, including 30,000 divorcees, equaling 15.53 percent;
- Hollywood, Florida: Located between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, 15.47 percent of Hollywood’s 124,000 residents are divorced; and
- St. Petersburg, Florida: Part of the Tampa Bay region on Florida’s gulf coast, St. Pete has a total population of about 216,000 and a divorcee population of about 33,000 or 15.28 percent.
Interestingly, no cities in Illinois made the study’s top 25 list. The same was true for neighboring Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Kentucky.
A separate but similar study looked at the same data to determine the divorce capital of each state. This project was conducted by 24/7 Wall St—an independent news and opinion outlet. According to the analysis, Litchfield, Illinois is home to the largest percentage of divorcees of any city or village in the state. About 19.8 percent of the city’s 7,000 people are divorced.
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If you are considering a divorce and have questions about the process, contact an experienced Kane County family law attorney to get the answers you need. Call 630-377-7770 for a free consultation at Bochte, Kuzniar & Navigato, P.C. today. We are equipped to help you with your case from start to finish.