The geography of marriage


About 50 percent of Americans are married, 31 percent are single (never married), 11 percent are divorced, 2 percent are separated and 6 percent are widows or widowers.  But as the Flowing Data maps above and below show, married, single and divorced Americans are not distributed evenly across the country.



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It’s interesting to speculate on why certain U.S. counties have above-average concentrations of married, single and divorced people

I’m not surprised that there are a lot of single people in northern Alaska and a lot of divorced people in Nevada.  And I’m not surprised that Monroe County, New York, where I live, is average in all respects.

But I have no overall theory as to why the distribution is what it is.


Relationship Status Geography on Flowing Data.

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