Which States Have the Highest Marriage Rates?

In honor of Valentine's Day, we took a look at the states with the highest and lowest marriage rates. Where does Illinois fall on the list?

"Love and marriage, love and marriage/Go together like a horse and carriage"

In the warm aftermath of Valentine's Day, with a nod to Ol' Blue Eyes (Frank Sinatra, in case you didn't know) we look at love and marriage across the U.S. with lists of the 10 states with the highest and lowest marriage rates.

At the top of the list is Nevada, and it's not even close. The Silver State laps the field with a marriage rate more than double the second highest state, Hawaii.

On the other end of the spectrum, New Jersey edges out Mississippi for the bottom spot. 

Meanwhile, Illinois makes an appearance on one of these two lists. But is it on the list of highest or lowest marriage rates?


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Ken K. February 16, 2014 at 08:42 AM
I doubt that these stats are very meaningful since couples typically travel to states like Nevada (Las Vegas) and Hawaii to marry thus pushing up the percentage there. Other studies, with more representative stats, indicate different numbers.


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