Most newlyweds have heard the statistic that half of all marriages end in divorce these days. Well, that is not true if you live in Charleston, West Virginia. If you live there, your odds of staying married may be even lower.
Charleston has the highest divorce rate at the moment according to The American Association For Marriage and Family Therapy. While this may be mathematically accurate, it does not answer question why. Is the town cursed? Or perhaps there is a high level of temptation in the area? The director the West Virginia Healthy Kids and Family Coalition believes that the high divorce rate is due to the bad economy and lack of jobs in the area.
So does that mean that money really does buy happiness, or at least increase the chances of a happy ending? Money in itself may not but financial security can take away a lot of the stresses that cause cracks in even the most secure of relationships.
In the U.S. there is one divorce every 13 seconds across the board. The mid eastern south is statistically less affluent than the north and south-west and the higher numbers from Charleston seem to confirm the connection between financial hardship and the divorce rate increase.
Southern men and women are known for taking hardships and making them good. Making lemonade out of lemons and all that jazz. So this June when southern brides slip on their boots and say I do underneath the wisteria and moss, the knowledge that statistics say they will fail will likely make them toughen up and turn those rates on their heads in the coming years. Because in the south they may have less money, but they do not lack in strength of character.