A recent study looked at the percentage of people in every state who were married, and it found that Pennsylvania is very close to the middle of the pack. The married population sits at 48.2 percent. That ranks the state at No. 31 overall.
The study also looked at the marriage and divorce rates in every state. In Pennsylvania, the divorce rate in 2017 came in at 2.6 divorces for every 1,000 residents. That was the 11th lowest rate in the United States. The marriage rate was 5.7 marriages for every 1,000 residents. While people are getting married faster than they get divorced, that is still the eighth lowest rate in the country.
Wondering how Pennsylvania stacked up against other states? At No. 50 in terms of percentage of married people was Louisiana, with a married population of just 43.6 percent. They also had the lowest divorce rate in the country, perhaps because people simply don't get married as often.
On the other side of the spectrum, you could find Utah at No. 1 overall. The percentage of the population that is married is a full 56.1 percent. The marriage rate is also very high, at 8.7 marriages per 1,000 residents. That's the fourth highest overall. However, the divorce rate is 3.4 divorces per 1,000 people. That's also fairly high, at 14th overall.
Are you thinking about getting divorced this year? There is a lot to consider, from the division of assets to child custody schedules to exactly what legal steps you need to take to file for divorce. Be sure you know how to proceed and what rights you have.