Both the marriage and divorce rates in Massachusetts are among the lowest in the country, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control. Over the past decade, the state’s marriage rate has gradually decreased, from 6.2 percent in 2005 to 5.6 percent in 2014. The divorce rate, on the other hand, has increased, from 2.2 percent to 2.7 percent over that same period.
Despite the decreasing rate of marriage in the state, the rate of births to unmarried mothers is also among the nation’s lowest, at 33.2 percent in 2014.
That rate puts Massachusetts just above the five states with the lowest unmarried birth rates: Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Washington and Minnesota. The rate of unmarried births in those states ranged from 8.6 percent to 32.3 percent in 2014.
Among the five states with the nation’s highest unmarried birth rates, Mississippi ranked first with 54 percent in 2014, followed by Louisiana, New Mexico, Florida and South Carolina.
Massachusetts ranked 42nd in the nation for births to unmarried mothers with a rate well below the national average of 40.3 percent. The rate of unmarried births in the state has increased, however, from 30 percent in 2005.
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