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Study names Spokane divorce capital of U.S.

Clearly, divorce is much more common than it once was in the United States, with a large percentage of marriages ultimately being dissolved. On the other hand, since the 1970s, divorce rates on a nationwide basis have actually been declining. Even so, one out of every 10 people in the country is a divorced person who has not remarried. According to a recent study, more than 30 percent of divorced men and over 50 percent of divorced women are not interested in being married again.

Using divorce data from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2016 American Community Survey results, researchers looked at the 200 hundred largest cities in the United States to determine which had the highest percentage of these divorced adults who had not remarried. Based on the results, Spokane was at the top of the list as the top-ranked "Divorce Capital" in the country.

In 2016, Spokane's total adult population was 172,484. Of these adults, 33.04 percent were single and another 44.13 percent were married. But what earned Spokane its divorced title was a whopping, relatively speaking,15.92 percent of the adult population that identified as divorced. Toledo, Ohio came in second with 15.57 percent; Reno, Nevada was third with divorced adults making up 15.53 percent of its population.

The State of Washington was well represented in the top-25 list, with three entries total. Tacoma was sixth overall with a divorced percentage of 15.28. Vancouver was listed in eleventh place at 14.98 percent. Cities in Nevada accounted for 20 percent of the top 25 divorce capitals, while Florida had four entries on the list.

As the data above shows, divorce is something our society goes through. It is a difficult issue to address sometimes, making it important that spouses are aware of the divorce issues that must be addressed and understanding how they can best resolve them.

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