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Divorce rate in Texas oil town is soaring amid drought

NEW YORK — For almost a century, farming and oil have driven the economy in the windswept Texas Panhandle town of Borger. The latest growth industry: divorce law.

The small town, whipsawed by an energy boom and an agriculture bust, registered the largest increase in divorced people in the United States during the past five years. The percentage of divorced adults in Borger, home to the world’s largest inland petroleum refinery complex, has almost doubled to 15.2 percent since 2007, according to Census data compiled by Bloomberg.

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