With Valentine’s Day around the corner, QuoteWizard released a report on “States Where Marriage and Divorce Are Declining” and Arizona divorce rates are declining. Researchers found that Arizona has experienced a 31.09% decrease in divorce as well as a 17.9% decrease in marriage over the last decade. QuoteWizard analyzed data from all 50 states.

Key findings:

• Alaska, Maine and Iowa saw the largest decreases in divorces.

• Divorces dropped 11% nationally the first year of the pandemic

• Arizona divorce declines rank No. 8 in the nation.

• Divorces declined an average of 21.2% nationally over the last 11 years.

• Maine, Minnesota and Massachusetts have the largest increases in marriages.

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a polarizing effect on all couples. Many would say that quarantining together has brought them closer to their partner, while others would say they’ve had a much different experience. Recent American Family Survey data found the number of divorces dropped 11% from 2019 to 2020. Of the married couples surveyed, 65% said they appreciate their spouse more. Sixty percent said it deepened their commitment to their marriage. These encouraging statistics suggest that couples tend to stick together when times get tough.

QuoteWizard researchers wanted to find which states had seen the largest decreases in divorce over the last decade. Researchers evaluated U.S. census data on marriage and divorce from 2009 to 2019. While analyzing relationship trends, they found that the majority of states (41 states) have seen a decline in divorce at an average rate of 10.7%. Here are the Top 20 states that have seen a decline in divorce.

Maine had by far the largest increase in marriages at 63.9% — it also had the second-largest decrease in divorces at 47.3% over the same time period. The national average for divorces decreased by an average of 21.2% from 2009 to 2019. Researchers also found that only four states experienced an increase in divorce during that time. It is very possible that we will see these trends in divorce continue further into 2021.

You can find the full list of rankings here: https://quotewizard.com/news/posts/marriage-and-divorce-rates.