Divorce fears? Stay away from Wyoming and Las Vegas

Tue May 18, 2010 3:20pm EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Worried about the state of your marriage? Don't live in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Las Vegas and Billings, Montana where divorce is most prominent.

But a report in Men's Health magazine, which ranked the 100 U.S. cities most doomed for divorce, said San Jose in California was the city where marriages last.

"To determine where "I do" is doomed, we considered the rate of failed marriages, the stringency of divorce laws, the percentage of the population who've split, and the number of licensed marriage and family therapists," the magazine said on its website.

Prospects for divorce were next highest in Reno, Nevada, followed by Little Rock in Arkansas, Charlotte in North Carolina and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

After San Jose, divorces were least likely to occur in Columbia, South Carolina and El Paso, Texas. Marriages in Riverside, California and Providence in Rhode Island were also more likely to last than in other cities.

By state, U.S. government data on divorce rates roughly matched the Men's Health ranking.

Nevada, Arkansas, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Wyoming had the highest divorce rates in 2007, the last year for which the ratios were calculated, according to the government's National Center for Health Statistics.

<p>A view of the 'Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas' neon sign is seen before Earth Hour in Las Vegas, Nevada, March 27, 2010. REUTERS/Richard Brian</p>