The overall divorce rate in the United States has sunk to lower than 50 percent, but the country’s capital has a divorce rate higher than any other state.
A new study of happiness metrics across states from WalletHub has has found that Washington, D.C. has a divorce rate of 31 percent, which is higher than any other state. Utah has the lowest divorce rate, at 16 percent. Maybe because polygamists (still not legal here) don’t really divorce to remarry?
For the study, divorce data was gathered from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Gallup, and compared all 50 states and the District of Columbia on 28 happiness-related metrics, ranging from sports participation rates to income levels.
D.C. suffered in the marriage department, but did have some other positive factors—the city had the lowest suicide rate, lowest obesity rate, and second-highest income growth in the country.
Other downsides to living in the middle of the political universe included its status as the number one binge-drinking spot in the U.S., and fourth in number of hours worked. Perhaps explains the binge drinking?
And as Oprah often says, higher incomes only assist emotional well being up to a point. You may have a massive bank account, but people don’t get any happier beyond an annual salary of $75,000.
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