Married 3 times? It’s not as uncommon as you might think

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Marriage is forever — unless, of course, it’s not. And for some, it takes two or three (or more) times to get it right. In fact, getting remarried multiple times isn’t uncommon in some states. And although that often translates to a happier personal life, it can also cost quite a bit of money.

In the latest MagnifyMoney study, we take a look at the states with the highest and lowest percentage of people with at least three marriages under their belt, using the latest available data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what we found.

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Methodology

Married 3 times? It's not as uncommon as you might think

MagnifyMoney researchers used 2019 Census Bureau data to rank the states with the highest percentage of residents with at least three marriages. Data on median age of first marriage and number of marriages comes from the Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey, while wedding cost data comes from The Wedding Report.

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Key findings

Married 3 times? It's not as uncommon as you might think

Marriage is less common in urban areas of the U.S., according to the Pew Research Center — in fact, 51% of those in rural areas are married, versus 44% of urban residents. That trend tracks when you look at multiple-marriage rates from a metro-versus-state perspective.

The states with higher rates of residents getting married at least three times also have higher rates of people getting married at least two times.

That said, the reverse is true for places where people have been married once: In the states with high rates of triple marriages, there tended to be a lower rate of one-time newlyweds. 

Among the bottom-five states for triple marriages, average ages for first marriages tend to be on the higher side. For example, Rhode Island has the oldest average ages, with both women (31) and men (32) landing in the 30-plus range — above the national averages for their gender.

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The 5 states with the fewest triple newlyweds

Married 3 times? It's not as uncommon as you might think

In the areas with the least triple newlyweds, there’s a common factor: All five states were in the Northeast.

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5. Rhode Island

Married 3 times? It's not as uncommon as you might think

Percentage of population married at least three times: 2.0%

In Rhode Island, which has the fifth-lowest rate of residents with at least three marriages, those figures are 31 for women and 32 for men.

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4.. Connecticut

Married 3 times? It's not as uncommon as you might think

Percentage of population married at least three times: 1.9%

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1. Massachusetts (tie)

Married 3 times? It's not as uncommon as you might think

Percentage of population married at least three times: 1.4%

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1. New Jersey (tie)

Married 3 times? It's not as uncommon as you might think

Percentage of population married at least three times: 1.4%

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1. New York (tie)

Married 3 times? It's not as uncommon as you might think

Percentage of population married at least three times: 1.4%

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States with the most triple newlyweds

Married 3 times? It's not as uncommon as you might think

Three of the top-five states for three-plus marriages were in the South, while the remaining two were in the West.

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5. Idaho

Married 3 times? It's not as uncommon as you might think

Percentage of population married at least three times: 6.5%

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3. Wyoming (tie)

Married 3 times? It's not as uncommon as you might think

Percentage of population married at least three times: 6.7%

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3. Tennessee (tie)

Married 3 times? It's not as uncommon as you might think

Percentage of population married at least three times: 6.7%

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2. Oklahoma

Married 3 times? It's not as uncommon as you might think

Percentage of population married at least three times: 6.9%

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1. Arkansas

Married 3 times? It's not as uncommon as you might think

Percentage of population married at least three times: 7.9%

The states with higher rates of residents with at least three marriages are likely to have people whose first marriages were at an earlier age. In Arkansas, the average woman is married for the first time at 26, while the average man is married for the first time at 27. 

Arkansas has both the highest rate of residents with at least three marriages (7.9%) and the highest rate of residents with at least two marriages (17.8%). By contrast, New York and Massachusetts tied for the lowest rate of residents on their second (9.6%) or third (1.4%) marriages.

This article originally appeared on MagnifyMoney.com and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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