Remember the classic country song: “All My Ex’s Live in Texas”? Well, George Strait was on to something. Looking at numbers, Texas is indeed home to more thrice-married adults than any other state, about 428,000 women and 373,000 men. But that’s partly because it’s home to so many people, period. Looking at rates, about 6% of Texans who ever have been married have wed three times or more. That is similar to the national average (5%), but well below the leaders in this category. (Click here for state-by-state interactive map on marriage and divorce.) In the neighboring states of Arkansas and Oklahoma about 10% of all ever-married adults have had at least three spouses. Read More

Russell Heimlich  is a former web developer at Pew Research Center.