The Washington Post on Monday evaluated the latest U.S. Census data on divorce percentages by state, and by those metrics, only one state has a greater percentage of divorced residents than Maine.
Only Nevada, where shotgun weddings are among the main attractions, boasts a higher percentage of residents who have gotten a divorce.
And it’s close.
In the home state of Las Vegas, 12.9 percent of men and 14.9 percent of women are divorced. Here in Maine, 12.4 percent of men and 14.6 percent of women have torn up marriage certificates.
Among men, West Virginia comes in third place with a 12.3 percent divorced population, while Oregon is third on the female side of the ledger, at 14.4 percent.
New Jersey has the lowest percentage of divorced men, at 6.9 percent, while North Dakota has the lowest percentage of divorced women, at 9.6 percent. The national average is 9.5 percent for men and 12.1 percent for women, according to the Post.
That Maine’s percentage of divorced residents is high isn’t exactly new: Census data has been reiterating the fact regularly since the bureau began tracking the data more closely a few years ago.
Why is that? Well, keep in mind that Maine also has the country’s oldest population with an average age in the early 40s. Just very generally speaking, the older the population is, the more time residents have had to fall in and out of love, among other life experiences that would lead to divorces.