Las Vegas has always been a town where people rush in, sometimes eloping, and quickly head down the aisle in a quick marriage. Now, new figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau show that Nevada also has the the highest divorce rate of any state in the nation last year– 14.2 percent of the population has been through a divorce.
Experts point to alcohol abuse, gambling addiction and the overall 24-hour environment filled with dancers, showgirls and brothels as likely contributors to the high rate across the state, including Reno—once known as the “Divorce Capital of the World.”
Frank Lin is a divorce attorney in Las Vegas whose firm Lin & Associates uses the phone number 702-DIVORCE. He says there’s “a lot of temptation, so to speak, because it’s constantly in front of you.”