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

5Phoenix, Arizona

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Phoenix, one of the largest cities in the Southwest, boasts a population of 4.1 million, with 379,000 or so divorced. Arizona's laws as a no-fault divorce state makes it easier to split. Males in Phoenix have a divorce rate of 10.1, while 13.7 percent of females are divorced. The statistics measure the "crude divorce rate," which is the number of divorces per year per 1,000 residents; this number takes into account the total population, not just married individuals.

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