Congratulations to the married couples of Massachusetts, who apparently have stronger bonds than their counterparts anywhere else in the country.
There were only 1.8 divorces per 1,000 people in the Bay State in 2008-09, according to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and compiled by WSJ.com. Washington, D.C., was second-place with 2.1 divorces per 1,000, followed by Pennsylvania at 2.3 and Iowa, New York and North Dakota, all tied at 2.5.
Rhode Island was in a five-way tie for the country’s 14th-lowest divorce rate, with 3.2 dissolved marriages per 1,000 people, the same as in Georgia, Nebraska, Ohio and South Dakota.
Matrimony fared the worst in Nevada – home of divorce-happy Reno – with 6.6 breakups per 1,000. Also on the high side were Arkansas at 5.6, Wyoming at 5.2, and Idaho and West Virginia, tied at 5.0.