Special Report

Cities With the Most (and Least) Divorce

Charles Stockdale

Detailed Findings and methodology

The median age of the U.S. population is currently 37.6 years. In 13 of the 15 metropolitan areas with the largest share of divorced adults, the typical resident is older than the national median age. By contrast, 12 of the 15 metro areas with the smallest share of divorced populations have younger populations than the national median. In the metro area with the fewest divorced adults the population is also the youngest. The median age in the Provo-Orem, Utah metro area, where only 6% of adults are divorced, is just 24.5 years.

The cities with the most divorce also have a disproportionately low amount of people who have never married. Every one of the 15 cities with the largest numbers of divorcees has fewer people that have never married than the national average. Conversely, 10 of the 15 cities with the smallest share residents who are divorced have above-average amounts of adults who have never married. One notable example is Ithaca, New York, where 49.5% of adults have never married – the largest share in the country.

To Identify the cities with the most divorce, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the U.S. Census Bureau 2015 American Community Survey five-year estimates for the percentage of the population aged 15 years or older that is currently divorced for all statistically significant metropolitan statistical areas. The percentage of those married, widowed, separated, or never married also came from the 2015 ACS, as well as the median age for each metro area.