While Nevada is known the world over for its quickie marriages, the state is now also known for another dubious honor. According to CNBC, Nevada has the highest divorce rate in the U.S. – 6.6 divorces per 1,000 people.
One of the hubs of divorce in the state is Reno, once known as the Divorce Capital of the World, the news source states. The lifestyle in the city, an atmosphere ripe with partying, gambling, legal brothels and other temptations, tends to lend itself to high divorce rates.
Arkansas has the second highest divorce rate in the nation, with 5.6 divorces per 1,000 people. According to the news provider, economic difficulties and financial stress experienced by many in the state have attributed to this rate. In addition, residents often get married at younger ages, which could play a role in a higher divorce rate, marriage counselor Dr. Gary Oliver told CNBC.
Other states listed as having the top 10 divorce rates, in descending order, are Wyoming, Idaho, West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Alaska, Florida and Maine.
According to the Heritage Foundation, divorce can lead to financial hardship. Nearly 50 percent of parents with children see their family’s income drop by as much as 50 percent following divorce.