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Gusher of Texas Oil-Patch Divorces Leads Breakup Trend

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 U.S. 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 U.S. Census data compiled by Bloomberg.