We're No. 1 in D-I-V-O-R-C-E
Arkansas's divorce rate for men is the highest in the nation, according to the Census Bureau, and the rate for women is well above the national average. Using data from 2009, the latest available, the bureau said that the divorce rate per 1,000 Arkansas men over the age of 15 was 13.5. For women, the figure was 12.8. The national averages were 9.2 for men and 9.7 for women.
But Arkansas's high divorce rates were not out of line with its Southern neighbors. Fourteen states had divorce rates for men that were significantly above the U.S. average and nine of those were in the South — Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. The picture was essentially the same for women — 14 states had divorce rates above the national average, 9 of them were in the South.