There is great discordance among American states in many areas and, indeed, that is what many people believe makes the country dynamic and in a constant state of evolution.
Social attitudes and mores differ widely across various areas of the country. The list of topics that engender national debate and drive regional variances is truly expansive, including things such as legalized marijuana, same-sex marriage, compulsory insurance, abortion rights and a host of other matters.
Like divorce, for instance.
Consider, for example, the great juxtaposition between the two following states that is clearly evidenced from divorce-relevant statistics within their borders.
At one end of the divorce spectrum resides New Jersey, where approximately 16 percent of adult residents have been married two or more times. No other state has a lower figure.
What that number obviously means is this: Divorce is comparatively uncommon in New Jersey.
If that same needle gauging multiple divorces slides over the nation to the other side, it will ultimately — and finally — settle upon Arkansas, which has the highest two-or-more-marriages rate of any state in the union. In Arkansas, 35 percent of adult residents who have ever been married have tied the knot on multiple occasions. That rate is more than double the number for New Jersey.
The figures are supplied courtesy of the United States Census Bureau, with data collected from 2008 to 2012.
The numbers are, well, just numbers, with a recent media article discussing divorce frequency in the various states not offering any relevant information on why variances exist across borders.
A couple more statistics to ponder: Fifty-two percent of adult Americans across the country are still involved in a first marriage, while, conversely, about 4 percent have married at least three times.