The State of Divorce Rates Across the U.S.

In 2021, the American divorce rate was 14 divorces per 1,000 married women. The divorce rate has declined in the past decade, but the rate is still high in the U.S. Many cities throughout the nation have a higher divorce rate than average. The folks at studied and visualized this data by creating a map showing the cities with the highest and lowest divorce rates in the country. They used U.S. Census Bureau data from 2022 to make 1-year estimates on marital status data.

The city with the highest divorce rate is Medford, Oregon, which has a population of 15.8%. This city is Jackson County, Oregon, and it’s the fourth largest metro area in the state. The city Dothan, Alabama, which had a 15.1% divorce rate. Cities in this area include Fort Smith. Overall, these cities had the highest divorce rates:

  1. Medford, OR: 15.8%
  2. Dothan, AL: 15.1%
  3. Fort Smith, AR-OK: 15.1%
  4. Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL: 15.0%
  5. Bangor, ME: 14.9%
  6. Charleston, WV 14.9%
  7. Pueblo, CO: 14.7%
  8. Texarkana, TX-AR: 14.7%
  9. Jackson, MI: 14.6%
  10. Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA: 14.6%

There are plenty of cities on the other end of the spectrum too, with divorce rates that are much lower than average. The city of Provo-Orem, Utah has the lowest in the nation at 5.7%. This city also has one of the highest rates of Mormon citizens, a religion that has lower divorce rates than other religions. It seems that in this location, religion could play a major role in divorce rates. Here are all of the cities with the lowest divorce rates:

  1. Provo-Orem, UT: 5.7%
  2. Laredo, TX: 6.9%
  3. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA: 7%
  4. Merced, CA: 7.3%
  5. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX: 7.7%
  6. Brownsville-Harlingen, TX: 7.8%
  7. Lancaster, PA: 8%
  8. San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, CA: 8%
  9. Yuma, AZ: 8%
  10. New York-Newark-Jersey City: 8.1%

Most people cite the leading causes of their divorce as infidelity, conflict, or lack of commitment. Studying the areas on this map and the factors at play in these locations could shed more insight into the state of U.S. divorces.

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