The FlowingData blog has created these fascinating maps of America’s marital status: The counties in the US with the highest proportion of married, never married, divorced, separated and widowed people.
The data show clear trends. The FlowingData blog says about half of the population aged 15 years or older are married, and this map suggests that a substantial portion of them live in the heartland and Texas. Virginia may be for lovers, but Loving County, Texas, is for marriage (partially because of its tiny population).
When it comes to people who were never married, America has a singles belt that stretches across much of the South, parts of the West and a big chunk of Alaska. The District of Columbia also ranks among the most single counties in the US. The southern divorce belt – which also shows up on the “Separated” map – marks an area with higher poverty rates and less social mobility.