Top 5 Cities With the Highest Divorce Rate

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With high-profile celebrity divorces gracing the gossip website headlines, it’s easy to focus on Hollywood breakups. But divorces happen to “normal” couples in cities all over the United States, too — about 50 percent of the time. The 2009 American Community Survey sampled 3 million households to provide the first detailed information on marriages and divorces since a 1996 Center for Health Statistics report.
Top 5 Cities With the Highest Divorce Rate

4Portland, Oregon

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More than 210,000 of the 2.1 million residents of the Portland area are divorced. For females, the divorce rate is 13.7 percent and for males, it’s 10.7. Perhaps leading to the city’s high divorce rate is the fact that it was cited as the unhappiest city in America by Business Week. Factors contributing to couples being on the outs might include that Portland also was named the most depressing city, with 222 cloudy days per year and a high employment rate.

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