Many Butler County residents have obtained their college educations about a three-hour drive north of here at Bowling Green State University. The renowned school is home to the National Center for Family & Marriage Research, where a recently released study shows that the divorce rate is falling in the U.S.
The rate at which couples are divorcing has fallen for the third consecutive year, researchers said, bringing it to a level not seen since 1980.
The study says the divorce rate dropped from 17.6 to 16.9 last year. Those numbers reflect the number of divorces per 1,000 married women age 15 and above, according to the university's website.
In 1980, the divorce rate was significantly higher at 23, according to a media report.
Ohio ranks 27th in the nation in divorce rate; almost exactly at the national average, according to researchers.
Divorce rates are highest in Alaska, Arkansas, Nevada, Wyoming and Washington D.C.
The state with the lowest divorce rate? Hawaii. Others on the low end of the scale include Wisconsin, Rhode Island, Delaware and New Jersey. A whopping 30 states saw their divorce rates drop from 2014 to 2015. Rhode Island, Delaware and Maine had the greatest percentage decreases, the study's authors note.
While the downward trend is undoubtedly good news, the Center notes that there were still more than 1,100,000 divorces last year.
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