There are two ways to measure the divorce rate in the United States. There is the national average and then the respective divorces for each state.
The national average serves as a benchmark by which to compare the divorce rates in individual states. Here is how the Texas divorce rate compares to other states and national trends.
Is Texas’ divorce rate higher or lower than the national average?
According to the United States Census Bureau, the divorce rate in Texas is a little higher than the national average. The U.S. divorce rate is 7.6 divorces per 1,000 women aged 15 and older. In Texas, the rate is 8.6 divorces.
How does Texas’ divorce rate compare to other states?
In 2019, the most recent year for which information is available, Texas and North Dakota tied for the 16th highest divorce rates in the country.
Are divorces generally trending upward or downward?
Texas and the United States as a whole have each seen the divorce rate decrease between 2009 and 2019. In Texas, the divorce rate decreased to 8.6 divorces in 2019 from 11.9 in 2019, a change of 3.3. Nationwide, the divorce rate decreased from 9.7 in 2009 to 7.6 in 2019. This represents a smaller decrease, but the national divorce rate was lower to begin with.
Lower divorce rates do not necessarily mean more wedded bliss. While the divorce rates declined nationally, the marriage rates underwent a decrease as well. Fewer marriages in the first place could mean a lower divorce rate in the future.