Bible belt divorce

This is the kind of statistic that is really interesting on many levels. One would assume that born-again Christians would have lower than average divorce rates, so it is all the more interesting.

Take a look at the findings from the George Barna Research Group. George Barna, a born-again Christian whose company is in Ventura, Calif., found that Massachusetts does indeed have the lowest divorce rate among all 50 states. More disturbing was the finding that born-again Christians have among the highest divorce rates.
The Associated Press, using data supplied by the US Census Bureau, found that the highest divorce rates are to be found in the Bible Belt. The AP report stated that “the divorce rates in these conservative states are roughly 50 percent above the national average of 4.2 per thousand people.” The 10 Southern states with some of the highest divorce rates were Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas. By comparison nine states in the Northeast were among those with the lowest divorce rates: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Walking the walk on family values [boston.com]

3 comments on “Bible belt divorce
  1. Chris says:

    Interesting but not conclusive. The article points out that people in the those areas marry younger. I’ll infer from that, that the pressure to marry (or be married) is higher. I’ll bet it’s harder (i.e. you’re more likely to be ostracized) to be single in a podunk town with fewer people/population density than it is in Boston or some other vibrant city.
    Also, what about the percentage of “living in sin” in developed areas? I bet that keeps the divorce rate lower since the marriages don’t happen but it wouldn’t really be approved of in that religion. Marriage (followed by divorce) is their get out of sin free card.

  2. Christian Gates says:

    Chris, you beat me too it. That is what I like to call a tortured statistic.
    cdg

  3. Fresh! says:

    Gen,
    How are you, hope all is well. This statistic is very interesting, being that I claim to be a born-again Christian. I am not surprised that, at least from this gathered data, that it states as such. To live by the doctrine of the Holy Bible is most difficult and often times, may cause those who strive to do so, act contrary to its very doctrine as it pertains to life’s subject matter, if you will.
    All the best…
    F!