Does Oregon Have a Higher Divorce Rate Than Other States?
While the U.S. Census Bureau is mostly known for collecting data to determine the population every 10 years, the Bureau also gathers information regarding divorce rates in the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey that was released in 2013, 10.5% of adults in the country have divorced a spouse at some time in their life. But in Oregon, the divorce rate among adults was 12.5 %.
According to DatingNews.com, two coastal towns in Oregon made the list of 20 “micropolitan statistical areas” in the United States with the highest divorce rate. “Micropolitan statistical areas” refers to areas with populations between 10,000 and 70,000 people. Brookings, OR, was number one on the list, with 20% of residents saying they had been divorced, while Newport, OR, was number 20 on the list with a divorce rate of 15.6%.
The study also notes that millennials are staying together longer than older generations, which is impacting the divorce rates in their respective areas. The study emphasizes that the median age of residents in Brookings is 46.7 years old, while the median age in Newport was 44.3 years old. Both median ages are substantially older than the national median age of 37.9 years old, so perhaps the lack of millennials has something to do with the divorce rate in these towns.
Until a new study is released, this research shows that Oregon has a higher divorce rate when compared to other states in the country.
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