but these statistics can only account for those who go through the legal processes and not those who don't. It does appear that, overall, people are marrying later but that doesn't mean they're acting like married couples later.
So much for all that Red State "traditional marriage" stuff, unless "traditional" means married by 18 and divorced by 22.
(CNN) -- The South has the highest rate of divorce and the Northeast has the lowest, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report.
In the report released Thursday, the Census Bureau based its findings on data collected by American Community Survey in 2009.
There were 10.2 divorces per 1,000 men in the South in 2009 and 11.1 per 1,000 women. This was more than that year's national average, which was
9.2 for men and 9.7 for women.
The Northeast rate is 7.2 per 1,000 for men and 7.5 per 1,000 for women, the study.
The reason for this may be as simple as the fact that more people get married in the South, a census official said.
"Divorce rates tend to be higher in the South because marriage rates are also
higher in the South," said Diana Elliott, a family demographer at the Census Bureau. "In contrast, in the Northeast, first marriages tend to be delayed and the marriage rates are lower, meaning there are also fewer divorces."
That was one thing that really shocked me when we lived in Tennessee in the mid '90s -- the number of girls in their early 20s who were already divorced and had kids.