The average Australian and American have had their heart broken a similar number of times – in fact, the survey identified that it’s typically 2.55 times for Americans. Once again, romantic relationships top the list, with 76% going through a bad breakup. But it takes a lot longer for Americans to bounce back, at 13.48 months on average.
Nebraska is the heartbreak capital of the US, with the average person experiencing a devastating 3.33 heartbreaks in their lifetime. West Virginia comes a close second, at 3.29 broken hearts per person, followed by Wyoming, Oregon, and North Dakota.
Southern states tend to have fewer heartbreaks, with Wisconsin the only non-Southern state to feature on the list of least heartbreaks. Alabama residents get away the lightest, with an average of 1.83 heartbreaks in a lifetime, with Wisconsin in second place, at 1.87. Georgia, Louisiana, and Arizona make up the bottom five.
Mississippi residents take the longest to recover from heartbreak, with an average of 37.01 months. Oregon comes in second place, at 30.56 months, and West Virginia in third place. Maine and South Dakota make up the top five states that take the longest to overcome grief.