Cities with the highest divorce rates

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December 10, 2018
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Cities with the highest divorce rates

Are you currently married? Flip a coin. That's the probability that you still will be a few years from now. According to the American Psychological Association, more than 90% of people in Western cultures get married by the time they're 50, but in the United States, divorce rates are as high as 50%, and even higher for subsequent marriages.

Where you live, however, has a lot to do with your odds of getting divorced. Using data from the 2012–2016 U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey, Stacker created a list of the 50 metropolitan areas with the highest divorce rates. The metropolitan areas, all of which had to have more than 50,000 residents to make the list, are ranked by the percentage of their adult population that is divorced. Adult population is considered 15 years old and over.

Here, the percentage of the adult population that is divorced is listed along with its percentage difference versus the national average. The percentage of the adult population that is separated and now married also is noted. In case of a tie, metro areas with the same divorce percentage are ranked by the higher percent of the adult population that is separated.

Read on to find out if you live in a city with one of the highest divorce rates. 

ALSO: What marriage rates were the year you were born

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#50. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

Percent now divorced: 10.9% (0.9% below national average)
Percent now separated: 2.3% (9.5% above national average)
Percent now married: 50.5% (5% above national average)
Percent widowed: 4.5% (23.7% below national average)
Percent never married: 31.9% (3.3% below national average)
Adult population estimate: 5,397,582

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#49. Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA

Percent now divorced: 11% (equals national average)
Percent now separated: 1.4% (33.3% below national average)
Percent now married: 51.1% (6.2% above national average)
Percent widowed: 5.1% (13.6% below national average)
Percent never married: 31.3% (5.2% below national average)
Adult population estimate: 707,608

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#48. Worcester, MA-CT

Percent now divorced: 11% (equals national average)
Percent now separated: 1.8% (14.3% below national average)
Percent now married: 47.9% (0.4% below national average)
Percent widowed: 5.7% (3.4% below national average)
Percent never married: 33.7% (2.1% above national average)
Adult population estimate: 764,921

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#47. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

Percent now divorced: 11% (equals national average)
Percent now separated: 2.1% (equals national average)
Percent now married: 47.4% (1.5% below national average)
Percent widowed: 4.7% (20.3% below national average)
Percent never married: 34.7% (5.2% above national average)
Adult population estimate: 4,428,714

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#46. Richmond, VA

Percent now divorced: 11.1% (0.9% above national average)
Percent now separated: 2.6% (23.8% above national average)
Percent now married: 46% (4.4% below national average)
Percent widowed: 6% (1.7% above national average)
Percent never married: 34.3% (3.9% above national average)
Adult population estimate: 1,026,800

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#45. Providence-Warwick, RI-MA

Percent now divorced: 11.2% (1.8% above national average)
Percent now separated: 1.8% (14.3% below national average)
Percent now married: 45.2% (6% below national average)
Percent widowed: 6.4% (8.5% above national average)
Percent never married: 35.4% (7.3% above national average)
Adult population estimate: 1,339,634

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#44. Greensboro-High Point, NC

Percent now divorced: 11.2% (1.8% above national average)
Percent now separated: 2.8% (33.3% above national average)
Percent now married: 46.7% (2.9% below national average)
Percent widowed: 6.3% (6.8% above national average)
Percent never married: 32.9% (0.3% below national average)
Adult population estimate: 606,601

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#43. Winston-Salem, NC

Percent now divorced: 11.2% (1.8% above national average)
Percent now separated: 2.8% (33.3% above national average)
Percent now married: 49.9% (3.7% above national average)
Percent widowed: 6.6% (11.9% above national average)
Percent never married: 29.5% (10.6% below national average)
Adult population estimate: 530,160

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#42. Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

Percent now divorced: 11.2% (1.8% above national average)
Percent now separated: 3% (42.9% above national average)
Percent now married: 46.8% (2.7% below national average)
Percent widowed: 5.5% (6.8% below national average)
Percent never married: 33.7% (2.1% above national average)
Adult population estimate: 1,391,829

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#41. St. Louis, MO-IL

Percent now divorced: 11.3% (2.7% above national average)
Percent now separated: 1.8% (14.3% below national average)
Percent now married: 48.4% (0.6% above national average)
Percent widowed: 6.2% (5.1% above national average)
Percent never married: 32.3% (2.1% below national average)
Adult population estimate: 2,275,453

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#40. Memphis, TN-MS-AR

Percent now divorced: 11.3% (2.7% above national average)
Percent now separated: 3.3% (57.1% above national average)
Percent now married: 42.1% (12.5% below national average)
Percent widowed: 5.8% (1.7% below national average)
Percent never married: 37.5% (13.6% above national average)
Adult population estimate: 1,057,746

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#39. Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

Percent now divorced: 11.4% (3.6% above national average)
Percent now separated: 1.5% (28.6% below national average)
Percent now married: 46.3% (3.7% below national average)
Percent widowed: 6.3% (6.8% above national average)
Percent never married: 34.5% (4.5% above national average)
Adult population estimate: 3,491,335

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#38. Sacramento-Roseville-Arden-Arcade, CA

Percent now divorced: 11.4% (3.6% above national average)
Percent now separated: 2.3% (9.5% above national average)
Percent now married: 47.6% (1% below national average)
Percent widowed: 5.4% (8.5% below national average)
Percent never married: 33.3% (0.9% above national average)
Adult population estimate: 1,804,345

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#37. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

Percent now divorced: 11.5% (4.5% above national average)
Percent now separated: 1.5% (28.6% below national average)
Percent now married: 50.2% (4.4% above national average)
Percent widowed: 4.4% (25.4% below national average)
Percent never married: 32.5% (1.5% below national average)
Adult population estimate: 2,992,824

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#36. Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

Percent now divorced: 11.5% (4.5% above national average)
Percent now separated: 1.8% (14.3% below national average)
Percent now married: 49.2% (2.3% above national average)
Percent widowed: 5.7% (3.4% below national average)
Percent never married: 31.8% (3.6% below national average)
Adult population estimate: 1,716,994

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#35. Charleston-North Charleston, SC

Percent now divorced: 11.5% (4.5% above national average)
Percent now separated: 2.9% (38.1% above national average)
Percent now married: 45.9% (4.6% below national average)
Percent widowed: 5.6% (5.1% below national average)
Percent never married: 34.1% (3.3% above national average)
Adult population estimate: 590,753

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#34. Columbus, OH

Percent now divorced: 11.7% (6.4% above national average)
Percent now separated: 1.9% (9.5% below national average)
Percent now married: 47.5% (1.2% below national average)
Percent widowed: 4.9% (16.9% below national average)
Percent never married: 34% (3% above national average)
Adult population estimate: 1,592,953

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#33. San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

Percent now divorced: 11.7% (6.4% above national average)
Percent now separated: 2.8% (33.3% above national average)
Percent now married: 46.8% (2.7% below national average)
Percent widowed: 5.2% (11.9% below national average)
Percent never married: 33.5% (1.5% above national average)
Adult population estimate: 1,830,172

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#32. Akron, OH

Percent now divorced: 11.8% (7.3% above national average)
Percent now separated: 1.5% (28.6% below national average)
Percent now married: 47% (2.3% below national average)
Percent widowed: 6.2% (5.1% above national average)
Percent never married: 33.5% (1.5% above national average)
Adult population estimate: 581,979

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#31. Colorado Springs, CO

Percent now divorced: 11.8% (7.3% above national average)
Percent now separated: 1.6% (23.8% below national average)
Percent now married: 54% (12.3% above national average)
Percent widowed: 4.1% (30.5% below national average)
Percent never married: 28.5% (13.6% below national average)
Adult population estimate: 546,173

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#30. Cleveland-Elyria, OH

Percent now divorced: 11.9% (8.2% above national average)
Percent now separated: 1.8% (14.3% below national average)
Percent now married: 45.3% (5.8% below national average)
Percent widowed: 6.8% (15.3% above national average)
Percent never married: 34.3% (3.9% above national average)
Adult population estimate: 1,691,827

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#29. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, TN

Percent now divorced: 11.9% (8.2% above national average)
Percent now separated: 1.9% (9.5% below national average)
Percent now married: 49.7% (3.3% above national average)
Percent widowed: 5.1% (13.6% below national average)
Percent never married: 31.3% (5.2% below national average)
Adult population estimate: 1,437,904

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#28. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

Percent now divorced: 11.9% (8.2% above national average)
Percent now separated: 2.4% (14.3% above national average)
Percent now married: 45.5% (5.4% below national average)
Percent widowed: 5.3% (10.2% below national average)
Percent never married: 34.9% (5.8% above national average)
Adult population estimate: 1,897,455

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#27. Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL

Percent now divorced: 12% (9.1% above national average)
Percent now separated: 2.2% (4.8% above national average)
Percent now married: 47.7% (0.8% below national average)
Percent widowed: 7.4% (25.4% above national average)
Percent never married: 30.6% (7.3% below national average)
Adult population estimate: 517,762

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#26. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

Percent now divorced: 12.1% (10% above national average)
Percent now separated: 1.6% (23.8% below national average)
Percent now married: 49.9% (3.7% above national average)
Percent widowed: 4.2% (28.8% below national average)
Percent never married: 32.2% (2.4% below national average)
Adult population estimate: 2,202,637

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#25. Wichita, KS

Percent now divorced: 12.1% (10% above national average)
Percent now separated: 1.6% (23.8% below national average)
Percent now married: 51.3% (6.7% above national average)
Percent widowed: 5.8% (1.7% below national average)
Percent never married: 29.3% (11.2% below national average)
Adult population estimate: 500,281

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#24. Baton Rouge, LA

Percent now divorced: 12.1% (10% above national average)
Percent now separated: 2.3% (9.5% above national average)
Percent now married: 43.1% (10.4% below national average)
Percent widowed: 6.2% (5.1% above national average)
Percent never married: 36.4% (10.3% above national average)
Adult population estimate: 660,426

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#23. Boise City, ID

Percent now divorced: 12.3% (11.8% above national average)
Percent now separated: 1.3% (38.1% below national average)
Percent now married: 52.9% (10% above national average)
Percent widowed: 4.7% (20.3% below national average)
Percent never married: 28.8% (12.7% below national average)
Adult population estimate: 517,649

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#22. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

Percent now divorced: 12.3% (11.8% above national average)
Percent now separated: 1.7% (19% below national average)
Percent now married: 47.2% (1.9% below national average)
Percent widowed: 5.1% (13.6% below national average)
Percent never married: 33.7% (2.1% above national average)
Adult population estimate: 3,552,473

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#21. Kansas City, MO-KS

Percent now divorced: 12.3% (11.8% above national average)
Percent now separated: 1.7% (19% below national average)
Percent now married: 50.4% (4.8% above national average)
Percent widowed: 5.5% (6.8% below national average)
Percent never married: 30.1% (8.8% below national average)
Adult population estimate: 1,639,467

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#20. Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

Percent now divorced: 12.4% (12.7% above national average)
Percent now separated: 1.8% (14.3% below national average)
Percent now married: 49.7% (3.3% above national average)
Percent widowed: 4.7% (20.3% below national average)
Percent never married: 31.5% (4.5% below national average)
Adult population estimate: 1,911,432

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#19. New Orleans-Metairie, LA

Percent now divorced: 12.4% (12.7% above national average)
Percent now separated: 2.4% (14.3% above national average)
Percent now married: 41.6% (13.5% below national average)
Percent widowed: 6.3% (6.8% above national average)
Percent never married: 37.3% (13% above national average)
Adult population estimate: 1,014,317

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#18. Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

Percent now divorced: 12.7% (15.5% above national average)
Percent now separated: 1.7% (19% below national average)
Percent now married: 48.3% (0.4% above national average)
Percent widowed: 5.2% (11.9% below national average)
Percent never married: 32.1% (2.7% below national average)
Adult population estimate: 1,554,063

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#17. Knoxville, TN

Percent now divorced: 12.7% (15.5% above national average)
Percent now separated: 1.9% (9.5% below national average)
Percent now married: 51.5% (7.1% above national average)
Percent widowed: 6.7% (13.6% above national average)
Percent never married: 27.3% (17.3% below national average)
Adult population estimate: 708,259

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#16. Oklahoma City, OK

Percent now divorced: 12.7% (15.5% above national average)
Percent now separated: 2.2% (4.8% above national average)
Percent now married: 48.8% (1.5% above national average)
Percent widowed: 5.7% (3.4% below national average)
Percent never married: 30.6% (7.3% below national average)
Adult population estimate: 1,055,870

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#15. Birmingham-Hoover, AL

Percent now divorced: 12.7% (15.5% above national average)
Percent now separated: 2.3% (9.5% above national average)
Percent now married: 48.4% (0.6% above national average)
Percent widowed: 6.8% (15.3% above national average)
Percent never married: 29.8% (9.7% below national average)
Adult population estimate: 920,240

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#14. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

Percent now divorced: 12.8% (16.4% above national average)
Percent now separated: 3% (42.9% above national average)
Percent now married: 43% (10.6% below national average)
Percent widowed: 6.7% (13.6% above national average)
Percent never married: 34.5% (4.5% above national average)
Adult population estimate: 4,914,564

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#13. Dayton, OH

Percent now divorced: 13% (18.2% above national average)
Percent now separated: 1.7% (19% below national average)
Percent now married: 46.6% (3.1% below national average)
Percent widowed: 6.8% (15.3% above national average)
Percent never married: 31.9% (3.3% below national average)
Adult population estimate: 653,947

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#12. Tucson, AZ

Percent now divorced: 13.1% (19.1% above national average)
Percent now separated: 2% (4.8% below national average)
Percent now married: 45.1% (6.2% below national average)
Percent widowed: 6% (1.7% above national average)
Percent never married: 33.9% (2.7% above national average)
Adult population estimate: 821,460

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#11. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL

Percent now divorced: 13.3% (20.9% above national average)
Percent now separated: 1.7% (19% below national average)
Percent now married: 52.3% (8.7% above national average)
Percent widowed: 9.1% (54.2% above national average)
Percent never married: 23.6% (28.5% below national average)
Adult population estimate: 646,343

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#10. Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR

Percent now divorced: 13.3% (20.9% above national average)
Percent now separated: 2.3% (9.5% above national average)
Percent now married: 47.8% (0.6% below national average)
Percent widowed: 6% (1.7% above national average)
Percent never married: 30.6% (7.3% below national average)
Adult population estimate: 581,792

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#9. Jacksonville, FL

Percent now divorced: 13.3% (20.9% above national average)
Percent now separated: 2.4% (14.3% above national average)
Percent now married: 47.4% (1.5% below national average)
Percent widowed: 5.9% (equals national average)
Percent never married: 31% (6.1% below national average)
Adult population estimate: 1,153,974

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#8. Albuquerque, NM

Percent now divorced: 13.4% (21.8% above national average)
Percent now separated: 1.7% (19% below national average)
Percent now married: 44.9% (6.7% below national average)
Percent widowed: 5.6% (5.1% below national average)
Percent never married: 34.4% (4.2% above national average)
Adult population estimate: 729,329

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#7. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL

Percent now divorced: 13.4% (21.8% above national average)
Percent now separated: 2% (4.8% below national average)
Percent now married: 50.6% (5.2% above national average)
Percent widowed: 8% (35.6% above national average)
Percent never married: 26% (21.2% below national average)
Adult population estimate: 576,103

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#6. Tulsa, OK

Percent now divorced: 13.5% (22.7% above national average)
Percent now separated: 2% (4.8% below national average)
Percent now married: 50.6% (5.2% above national average)
Percent widowed: 6.2% (5.1% above national average)
Percent never married: 27.6% (16.4% below national average)
Adult population estimate: 767,216

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#5. Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

Percent now divorced: 13.6% (23.6% above national average)
Percent now separated: 1.9% (9.5% below national average)
Percent now married: 47.2% (1.9% below national average)
Percent widowed: 6.3% (6.8% above national average)
Percent never married: 31% (6.1% below national average)
Adult population estimate: 1,027,196

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#4. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

Percent now divorced: 13.7% (24.5% above national average)
Percent now separated: 2.3% (9.5% above national average)
Percent now married: 46.1% (4.2% below national average)
Percent widowed: 7.3% (23.7% above national average)
Percent never married: 30.6% (7.3% below national average)
Adult population estimate: 2,432,413

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#3. Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

Percent now divorced: 13.9% (26.4% above national average)
Percent now separated: 2.5% (19% above national average)
Percent now married: 44.2% (8.1% below national average)
Percent widowed: 5.2% (11.9% below national average)
Percent never married: 34.2% (3.6% above national average)
Adult population estimate: 1,657,564

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#2. San Juan-Carolina-Caguas, PR

Percent now divorced: 14.2% (29.1% above national average)
Percent now separated: 2.7% (28.6% above national average)
Percent now married: 36.9% (23.3% below national average)
Percent widowed: 7% (18.6% above national average)
Percent never married: 39.1% (18.5% above national average)
Adult population estimate: 1,840,501

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#1. Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL

Percent now divorced: 14.8% (34.5% above national average)
Percent now separated: 1.7% (19% below national average)
Percent now married: 47.6% (1% below national average)
Percent widowed: 9% (52.5% above national average)
Percent never married: 26.9% (18.5% below national average)
Adult population estimate: 523,095

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