Nevada Has the Most Marriages, but Which State Has the Fewest?

A partnership of Slate and the New America Foundation.
May 11 2012 9:31 AM

Nevada Says I Do. Mississippi Says I Don’t.

A map of marriage rates, state by state.

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If you want to get married somewhere really exotic, go to Mississippi. The state has the lowest per capita marriage rate in America. Marriage farm Nevada, by contrast, boasts a marriage rate of about 40 per thousand residents, nearly twice as high as the the next marryingest state, destination-wedding hotspot Hawaii. As for the rest of the country, many factors account for variations in marriage rates, including demographics, economic prosperity, and marriage laws. Perhaps most strikingly of all, the national marriage rate has declined from 8.2 marriages per thousand in 2000 to 6.8 marriages per thousand in 2010.

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