Broken hearts: The divorce capital of every state

24/7 Wall St. reviewed Census Bureau data to identify the city in each state that has the highest percentage of divorces among those 15 years and older.

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Demopolis, Alabama

  • Divorced population: 18.9%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 12.5%
  • Married population: 33.4%
  • Median household income: $25,942
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 22.8%

Kenai, Alaska

  • Divorced population: 18.9%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 11.6%
  • Married population: 48.8%
  • Median household income: $58,732
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 4.3%

Florence, Arizona

  • Divorced population: 20.2%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 12.4%
  • Married population: 33.3%
  • Median household income: $48,919
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 7.7%

Newport, Arkansas

  • Divorced population: 23.2%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 13.1%
  • Married population: 24.8%
  • Median household income: $26,853
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 18.9%

Clearlake, California

  • Divorced population: 22.1%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 9.5%
  • Married population: 33.1%
  • Median household income: $25,426
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 15.9%

Aspen, Colorado

  • Divorced population: 23.1%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 12.0%
  • Married population: 34.8%
  • Median household income: $67,776
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 5.7%

Putnam, Connecticut

  • Divorced population: 20.8%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 10.7%
  • Married population: 35.6%
  • Median household income: $47,436
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 6.0%

Elsmere, Delaware

  • Divorced population: 18.8%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 11.4%
  • Married population: 32.0%
  • Median household income: $48,021
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 5.0%

Live Oak, Florida

  • Divorced population: 23.0%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 13.0%
  • Married population: 32.3%
  • Median household income: $30,060
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 16.4%

Garden City, Georgia

  • Divorced population: 18.9%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 11.4%
  • Married population: 30.1%
  • Median household income: $36,097
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 12.4%

Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaii

  • Divorced population: 17.2%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 9.4%
  • Married population: 46.1%
  • Median household income: $47,181
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 15.5%
The divorce rate among adults 50 and older doubled between 1990 and 2010, says the national Center for Family & Marriage Research. (Photo: Getty Images via iStockphoto)

Sandpoint, Idaho

  • Divorced population: 21.2%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 12.2%
  • Married population: 43.1%
  • Median household income: $34,662
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 10.4%

Litchfield, Illinois

  • Divorced population: 19.8%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 9.8%
  • Married population: 44.9%
  • Median household income: $38,629
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 12.8%

Westville, Indiana

  • Divorced population: 22.7%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 12.7%
  • Married population: 20.2%
  • Median household income: $42,250
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 8.2%

Fort Madison, Iowa

  • Divorced population: 16.4%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 10.8%
  • Married population: 45.4%
  • Median household income: $42,448
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 8.8%

Chanute, Kansas

  • Divorced population: 18.3%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 11.5%
  • Married population: 47.1%
  • Median household income: $37,887
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 12.2%

Lawrenceburg, Kentucky

  • Divorced population: 22.2%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 13.2%
  • Married population: 50.2%
  • Median household income: $51,977
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 6.6%

Westwego, Louisiana

  • Divorced population: 19.3%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 12.0%
  • Married population: 34.0%
  • Median household income: $33,898
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 8.8%

Rockland, Maine

  • Divorced population: 22.2%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 14.1%
  • Married population: 39.5%
  • Median household income: $40,987
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 8.5%

Edgewater, Maryland

  • Divorced population: 16.2%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 10.0%
  • Married population: 50.8%
  • Median household income: $90,718
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 2.0%

North Adams, Massachusetts

  • Divorced population: 16.0%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 9.6%
  • Married population: 38.1%
  • Median household income: $32,804
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 11.1%

Greenville, Michigan

  • Divorced population: 20.1%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 11.6%
  • Married population: 41.2%
  • Median household income: $32,641
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 13.3%

Spring Lake Park, Minnesota

  • Divorced population: 18.1%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 10.0%
  • Married population: 42.4%
  • Median household income: $57,993
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 1.8%

Waveland, Mississippi

  • Divorced population: 20.0%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 11.8%
  • Married population: 33.1%
  • Median household income: $38,207
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 12.5%
torn divorce decree and cash, with wedding ring (Photo: Thinkstock)

Nevada, Missouri

  • Divorced population: 19.4%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 12.2%
  • Married population: 39.9%
  • Median household income: $29,738
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 15.6%

Helena Valley Southeast, Montana

  • Divorced population: 18.1%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 12.6%
  • Married population: 44.5%
  • Median household income: $50,585
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 3.4%

La Vista, Nebraska

  • Divorced population: 15.7%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 10.4%
  • Married population: 47.9%
  • Median household income: $59,401
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 3.1%

Fallon, Nevada

  • Divorced population: 23.0%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 14.1%
  • Married population: 38.5%
  • Median household income: $37,848
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 12.5%

Exeter, New Hampshire

  • Divorced population: 17.8%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 12.0%
  • Married population: 45.8%
  • Median household income: $66,964
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 4.6%

Crestwood Village, New Jersey

  • Divorced population: 16.4%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 8.5%
  • Married population: 44.1%
  • Median household income: $28,282
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 8.0%

Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

  • Divorced population: 24.8%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 12.9%
  • Married population: 40.3%
  • Median household income: $26,844
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 18.6%


Hudson, New York

  • Divorced population: 16.7%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 8.7%
  • Married population: 29.6%
  • Median household income: $31,042
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 13.3%

King, North Carolina

  • Divorced population: 19.1%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 10.9%
  • Married population: 51.3%
  • Median household income: $54,471
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 2.7%

Devils Lake, North Dakota

  • Divorced population: 14.4%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 9.5%
  • Married population: 39.3%
  • Median household income: $40,453
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 10.5%

Bedford Heights, Ohio

  • Divorced population: 19.3%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 12.1%
  • Married population: 32.1%
  • Median household income: $37,692
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 12.0%

Grove, Oklahoma

  • Divorced population: 19.1%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 13.3%
  • Married population: 54.2%
  • Median household income: $39,321
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 5.7%

Sheridan, Oregon

  • Divorced population: 20.8%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 13.2%
  • Married population: 38.3%
  • Median household income: $40,882
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 6.9%

Butler, Pennsylvania

  • Divorced population: 20.1%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 9.6%
  • Married population: 32.9%
  • Median household income: $29,477
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 15.8%

Westerly, Rhode Island

  • Divorced population: 15.8%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 11.4%
  • Married population: 48.7%
  • Median household income: $57,275
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 5.7%
(Photo: Getty Images)

Little River, South Carolina

  • Divorced population: 19.5%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 10.9%
  • Married population: 51.1%
  • Median household income: $45,833
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 4.9%

Yankton, South Dakota

  • Divorced population: 14.6%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 10.6%
  • Married population: 46.1%
  • Median household income: $41,174
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 10.1%

McMinnville, Tennessee

  • Divorced population: 24.1%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 12.6%
  • Married population: 39.1%
  • Median household income: $30,136
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 13.0%

Bonham, Texas

  • Divorced population: 18.9%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 10.8%
  • Married population: 39.3%
  • Median household income: $33,869
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 16.0%

Vernal, Utah

  • Divorced population: 16.7%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 9.2%
  • Married population: 47.2%
  • Median household income: $56,387
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 9.3%


Brattleboro, Vermont

  • Divorced population: 23.5%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 12.4%
  • Married population: 33.4%
  • Median household income: $49,000
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 9.2%

Dumbarton, Virginia

  • Divorced population: 18.9%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 10.2%
  • Married population: 29.9%
  • Median household income: $36,808
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 10.3%

Clarkston, Washington

  • Divorced population: 25.7%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 12.1%
  • Married population: 38.7%
  • Median household income: $33,353
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 10.4%

Nitro, West Virginia

  • Divorced population: 21.2%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 13.3%
  • Married population: 51.6%
  • Median household income: $48,212
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 7.1%

Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

  • Divorced population: 19.1%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 10.8%
  • Married population: 44.9%
  • Median household income: $35,775
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 4.7%

Riverton, Wyoming

  • Divorced population: 16.7%
  • Divorced population, statewide: 12.8%
  • Married population: 46.5%
  • Median household income: $50,020
  • Households earning less than $10,000: 4.7%
(Photo: Getty Images)

Detailed findings and methodology

The cost of a divorce can range from a few hundred dollars to many thousands. The average cost of a contested divorce ranges from $15,000 to $30,000, according to Forbes.com. This figure varies depending on the type of divorce and how contentious it is. Some researchers estimate divorced spouses would, on average, need more than a 30% increase in their income to maintain the same standard of living they were accustomed to before their divorce.

To identify the divorce capital of every state, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the Census Bureau’s 2016 American Community Survey to find the percentage of the 15-year-and-older population that is divorced. The population data are five-year averages through 2016. Data on household income and poverty rate also came from the ACS. The Census definition of those who are divorced includes only people who are legally divorced and who have not remarried. Those without a final divorce decree are classified as separated. For more on how this list was determined, click here.

24/7 Wall Street is a USA TODAY content partner offering financial news and commentary. Its content is produced independently of USA TODAY.

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