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Study finds plummeting Colorado divorce rate

It would be easy to think that given the way divorce and marriage are portrayed, the divorce rate in our state must be very high too, or at the very least trending upward. However, a recent report finds that Colorado's divorce rate isn't just falling -- it's plummeting. In 2006, the divorce rate for Colorado was approaching 4.5 divorces per 1,000 people. It fell a little bit in the following years, but then peaked again in 2011 when the rate again approached 4.5 divorces per 1,000 people.

But since then, the rate has fallen dramatically. It's below 4.1 divorces per 1,000 people and trending towards 4.0. That's a remarkable drop in just four years. So what has triggered this incredible change in the divorce rate here?

Many researchers have found that education has a major correlation with divorce. The more educated someone is, the less likely they are to divorce. At the same time, money is a major factor in marriage. Money is a stressor, and the more tumultuous a couple's financial picture is, the more likely a divorce may be.

Since the more educated a person is, the more likely it is that they will earn more money, it would follow that the more educated people there are in a certain place, the lower the divorce rate would drop for that place. That appears to be what's happening in Colorado. More educated people are around after the state's population went up in recent years, and that is certainly just one reason why the divorce rate in the state has gone down.

Source: CPR, "The divorce rate in Colorado is at its lowest level in a decade," Ben Markus, March 5, 2015

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