Happy forever. It is the promise, the dream of the princess. The Bridal Show arrives in a few months where planning continues as the bride and groom believe they’ve found this one, and are ready to build a life and grow old together. We even promise “until death do us part” in our “I do” vows, don’t we. But is not it?
Statistics don’t look good for American marriage longevity
Then reality sets in and some couples fail. Many fail to do so. According to an online family law firm, nearly 50 percent of all marriages in the United States will end in divorce or separation. It is estimated that 41% of all first marriages will end in divorce, 60% of second marriages will follow suit, and 73% of all third marriages will also end in divorce.
So how do couples rank in Washington state? Keep reading.
There are a lot of reasons and contributing factors, but does geography or political ideology play a role in which people stay together and which people go their separate ways?
How fair are marriages state by state
Interesting thought … Coventry Direct set out to find out which states have the most couples aging together. They analyzed census data on the number of separated, divorced and married men and women, aged 55 and over, in each US state.
Americans across the country look forward to a lifetime of memories, swings, grandchildren, and retirement adventures, but it seems like there is a better chance of getting that great lasting love in the big ones. plains of America’s conservative heartland. The study shows that half of the states with high percentages of married seniors are in Central America – North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota (libs live in the Twin Cities ) – where family and personal relationships are an important part of the more traditional values of the region.
The best, the worst, the Pacific Northwest
You can probably guess which states are the first and last in the durability of marriage. Utah leads the country in marriages remaining intact at 68.57%. Nevada, with its Elvis Chapels and other quick and whimsical wedding venues, brings up the rear where more than one in five people over the age of 55 are separated or divorced.
What about Washington and its sister Oregon? They are the first two to be green, and Business Insider ranks Washington # 7 and Oregon # 3 as the most liberal. Would that indicate a greater propensity to rank high on the list? Surprise! We are in the top ten on the list of most divorced and separated over 55, Washington in 8th place and Oregon in 3rd!
Draw your own conclusions … but if mum and dad are still together after 55 years in Washington, consider it a victory!