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  •  these are only a few states, (none)
    because i was doing the math by hand. but if you really want to, go the the CDC or look up the National Vital Statistics

    This is 2000 data, because that's what i found that was all year data.

    A new and useless statistic to mull and or argue about
    Divorce per Marriage
    MA 50.26% (18,597d/36999m)
    NY 38.76% (62,794d/161984m)
    MS 72.81% (14,355d/19715m) incidentally i took a look at Jan through May of this year and it's on the order of 88% so far
    NM 63.64% (9203d/14462m)
    WV 59.51%, TX 42.18%, IL 45.70%, AL 52.28%, NC 56.21%, PA 51.71%

    i'm not sure what if anything this tells us about anything. because in Dec 2000 in MA according to the records posted on the CDC 1845 people got married (or were issued licensed) and 3009 got divorced. which is 163%, or something. in PA that month 4006 people married, and 3858 got divorced (96%). was it just a really bad month to be married? was that the month that everyone's court paperwork finally went through, i don't know. and down in MS that month 3106 people tied the knot, and 1187 cut it. that's 38% about half what the figure was for the year.

    divorce and marriage are two unrelated activities. you have to be married to get divorced. but you don't have to be in the same jurisdiction that you got married in. you getting married does not make it more or less likely that someone else will get divorced, and you getting divorced does not make it more or less likely that someone else will get married. 9you getting divorced does not make it more or less likely that someone else will get divorced either, so i kind of think the whole blue states are better because we have a low divorce rate is kind of a smoke screen too, but that's just me.) so we can tie the two numbers together and have some fun, but it'll be meaningless fun.

    lizz's second rule of statistics: every one of them can be manipulated. or as my guy said "There are three kinds of lies, lies, damn lies and statistics."  

    outside a dog, man's best friend is a book. inside a dog it's very dark. Mark Twain

    by lizzerd on Mon Dec 06, 2004 at 06:24:23 PM PST

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