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The highest divorce rate in Louisiana revealed

If you hop on Interstate 10 and drive 200 miles to the east of Lake Charles, you will arrive in Jefferson. The modestly sized city sits just south of Lake Pontchartrain and was home to 1940s jazz musician Johnny Wiggs (mentor to Pete Fountain) and jazz trombonist William Ridgley, well-known in the 1920s and ‘30s.

Today, however, Jefferson has gained some measure of notoriety as the city with the highest rate of divorce in Louisiana.

According to a recent news article in USA Today, 18.7 percent of Jefferson’s residents have gone through a divorce. (That’s the highest rate out of 92 cities in our state.)

At the same time, just 31.7 percent of Jefferson is married (14th smallest out of those 92 cities). Three percent of the town of slightly more than 10,000 residents are separated.

The median household income there is $49,593, the publication reports.

It should be noted that the data comes from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey 2018 5-Year Estimates.

While USA Today didn’t include Lake Charles statistics in its article, it did point out that the marriage rate across the U.S. is declining. Back in 2008, the marriage rate per 1,000 women was 17.9. By 2018, it had dropped to 16.6.

Divorce is on an even more dramatic decline. In 2008, the divorce rate per 1,000 women was 10.5, but a decade later it was down to 7.7 per 1,000 women.

Of course, for those who are facing a divorce, statistics tend to fade in importance. They are much more interested in how they create workable parenting plans, divide assets fairly and determine reasonable spousal support, and so on.

Please contact our Lake Charles office to discuss how we can help you protect your rights and family in divorce.


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