International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Determinants of the U.S. Divorce Rate: The Impact of Geography and Demography
Hope A. Scott, Paul D. Berger, Bruce D. Weinberg

“While marrying the girl or boy next door is an endearing ideal, it is less and less common in today?s society. Where we live has more effect on our chances of meeting our life partner than ever before.” - Richard Florida, life observer and author of “Who?s Your City?” We live in a rapidly evolving society that is becoming more educated, more mobile and more interconnected. Despite all of our progress, a steadily increasing divorce rate indicates that we are missing the mark when it comes to the  of a life partner. There appear to be many demographic factors which may influence the divorce rate. Commonly cited factors include the age at which people first get married and the sex ratio of the immediate population. However, these variables cannot be considered in isolation; where we live is a central factor that influences all aspects of our lives, personal relationships included. This study aims to consider both demographics and geography with the goal of quantifying their influence on the U.S. Divorce Rate. By applying regression analysis with divorce rate as the dependent variable and several independent variables, we find a tangible impact attributed to the interplay of both of these factors. By identifying factors that affect the divorce rate, our findings provide insight on the direction society is moving with respect to marriage and divorce.

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