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Beware brides-to-be: If you live in this state, er, district, the chances that your marriage won't end in a happily-ever-after is higher than for couples in other parts of the country. No one wants to think of the major bummer that is the D-word (divorce, obviously!), but it's hard not to with some pretty scary statistics floating around — especially when wedding planning. And as if you weren't already worried, a new study just revealed the U.S. state with the highest divorce rate. Uh-oh... Deep breaths, everyone.
First let's start with the good news, shall we? While the divorce rate peaked in the 70s and 80s, it's been declining ever since. So that whole '50 percent of marriages end in divorce' thing, is just plain untrue. "If current trends continue, nearly two-thirds of marriages will never involve a divorce," according to Justin Wolfers, a University of Michigan economist. Phew! That's a relief, right? Well, at least to those who aren't residents of this specific part of the country.
As it turns out, Washington, D.C. has the highest divorce rate in the U.S. Although the country's capital has the lowest suicide rate, lowest obesity rate, and the second-highest income growth in the U.S., according to a new study on happiness metrics conducted by the personal finance website WalletHub, 31 percent of marriages between Washington, D.C. based couples end in divorce. (Obviously this doesn't apply to the adorable duo that is Barack and Michelle Obama, though. Those two will never stop giving us #MarriageGoals...)
Comparatively, Utah is the U.S. state with the lowest divorce rate, with only 15.97 percent of couples calling it quits. So party it up, Utahans! Coming in a close second with the country's strongest couples is North Dakota, followed by the perfect pairs of North Dakota and Minnesota all declaring their love to be eternal. On the other, more depressing hand, Nevada is the state with the second highest divorce rate in the country, followed by Florida and Louisiana. (Sorry, guys.)
But try not to stress, D.C. brides. Yes, it's a scary stat, but feel confident about your upcoming "I do's." After all, how can you enjoy your happily-ever-after when worrying about becoming a statistic?