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Divorce, marriage rates down in Tennessee, nation

Marriage and divorce rates are down in Tennessee, following a decade-long nationwide trend. According to state data, Tennessee saw a 15% increase in marriages from 2011 to 2021 and a 23% decrease in the divorce rate in the same time frame. Tennessee has the seventh highest marriage rate per capita of any state and tenth in terms of its divorce rate. This follows a national trend that has seen a general decline of both marriages and divorces in the past decade, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The reason for the declines in both marriage and divorces may be because younger couples are getting married at older ages and being with partners longer prior to getting married.