Marriage, Divorce Rates Higher In South

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WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Marriage and divorce rates are highest in the U.S. South and lowest in the Northeast, the Census Bureau reported Thursday.

The divorce rate for men was 10.2 per 1,000 in the South, 7.2 in the Northeast and 9.2 nationally, the bureau said in a report, “Marital Events of Americans, 2009.” For women, the rates were 11.1 in the South, 7.5 in the Northeast and 9.7 per 1,000 nationally.

“Divorce rates tend to be higher in the South because marriage rates are also higher in the South,” said Diana Elliott, a family demographer at the Census Bureau. “In contrast, in the Northeast, first marriages tend to be delayed and the marriage rates are lower, meaning there are also fewer divorces.”

Demographers also found that in 75 percent of divorces children live with the mother while only 25 percent live with the father.

Women are more likely to suffer economically from divorce, with 22 percent reporting incomes below the poverty line in the first year after divorce compared with 11 percent of men.

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