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Massachusetts Has the Lowest Divorce Rates in U.S.

Massachusetts' divorce rate is the lowest in the U.S. Overall, only 1.8 per 1000 people living in Massachusetts were divorced, according to the National Vital Statistics Report and the U.S. Census in 2010.

This overall low divorce rate includes pockets of much higher divorce rates in the Commonwealth. According to the most recent census, the towns with the top ten divorce rates are:

•· Onset

•· Great Barrington

•· Monson

•· Orleans

•· Vineyard Haven

•· Townsend

•· North Eastham

•· West Wareham

•· Fort Devons/Shirley

•· Hopkinton

These places all have divorce rates that range from 27.48 percent (Onset) to 12.04 percent (Whitinsville). However, overall, the Massachusetts divorce rate is now what the U.S. divorce rate was in 1940. Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania are second and third, respectively. Nevada has the highest divorce rate, with Arkansas and Wyoming close behind.

Some believe that the low divorce rate in Massachusetts is the result of a low marriage rate. If not many people get married, not many can get divorced. Others attribute it to the relatively high levels of education and low levels of poverty found in the Bay State.

Source:Huffington Post, "Lowest Divorce Rates by State," by Ashley Reich, Dec. 1, 2010.

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