A National Center for Health Statistics study suggests that divorce rates are highest in Texas and throughout the southern part of the United States than any other region of the country. The researchers also found that this population experiences much longer second marriages than any other. They argue that the latter trend can be attributed to the fact that people remarry much more quickly in this region than any other.
As for why this tendency to pursue divorce is more popular here, a professor of sociology at Austin’s campus of the University of Texas points to cultural factors, and more specifically country music. He argues that this genre of music sums up how young couples feel about love. They should give love a try and see if they can make a relationship work. If they can’t, then can just go back and look for romance again.
The most recent marriage data compiled by the United States Census Bureau in 2009 shows that the median age at which couples are getting married for the first time is getting older. While the average age of men was 20.6 for women and 22.5 for men at the time of their first marriage in 1970, by 2009, that data had been updated to reflect that the new median age is 26.5 and 28.4 respectively.
As for other uniquely Texas or southern trends, the sociologist argues that both southerners and those from the Midwest are less likely to live together as an unmarried couple. He argues that this trend is most popular either to the northeast or west.
He argues Texans only become a divorce statistic because they rush into marriage due to pressure. He argues they particularly feel compelled to do so if they want to live with their significant other. And when it doesn’t work out, they go back on the market looking for their happily ever after once again.
Many couples marry young or don’t give it much thought. If you’re considering ending your relationship and moving on, then you may first benefit from discussing your rights and responsibilities with a Houston divorce attorney.
Source: The Houston Chronicle, “Marriage and divorce, Texas-style,” Jeannie Kever, accessed June 30, 2017