The 10 Cities In Alabama With The Highest Divorce Rates For 2021


We analyzed over 103 places in Alabama to identify the ones that have the highest rates of divorce.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our third time ranking the cities in Alabama with the highest divorce rates.

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If you're married, the thought of divorce has probably popped into your mind at least once.

Come on, admit it.

And if you're not married, let me tell you that there's gonna be a point at 2 a.m. when you have a crying baby and haven't slept in two months that it's gonna run through your head to run.

Far.

Away.

But, don't just take my word for it, take the word of the some 312,080 people living in Alabama over fifteen years of age who are divorced. Or compare that to the 28,339,199 dAmericans who are already divorced in 2021.

A lot of people make the decision to run away - or simply split up - across the Heart of Dixie.

Isn't the divorce rate in America close to 50%? Yes indeed. But that's not quite what we're measuring; we are looking at counts and percentages of people over 15 years old who are currently divorced.

You typically calculate that 50% statistic as percent of marriages.

But we are just going to focus on the actual number of divorced people today -- what better way to measure marital misery than the straight count of people in Alabama it affects?

So now that we have you biting your nails, rethinking your world view, and pulling out your hair, let's take a look at the places in Alabama with highest rates of divorcees.

The 10 Cities In Alabama With The Highest Divorce Rates

  1. Clanton (Photos)
  2. Attalla (Photos)
  3. Hamilton
  4. Fairfield (Photos)
  5. Tarrant (Photos)
  6. Brewton (Photos)
  7. Oneonta (Photos)
  8. Center Point (Photos)
  9. Pell City (Photos)
  10. Sheffield (Photos)

Let's quickly recap before we dive into the methodology and a closer look at the top ten places in AL.

What is the city in Alabama with the highest divorce rate? That would be Clanton, with 17.0% of people over 15 years of age being divorced, per the most recent census data.

What is the overall Alabama divorce rate? According to the 2015-2019 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Alabama is 8.0%, which compares to the US divorce rate of 10.9%.

Alrighty, on to how we calculated the places with the highest divorce rates in Alabama.

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Clanton, AL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 8,700
Divorce Rate: 17.0%
Divorcees: 1,183
Median Income: $44,782
More on Clanton:  Cost Of Living

Attalla, AL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,836
Divorce Rate: 16.0%
Divorcees: 747
Median Income: $39,247
More on Attalla:  Cost Of Living

Hamilton, AL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 6,682
Divorce Rate: 15.0%
Divorcees: 801
Median Income: $39,357
More on Hamilton:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Fairfield, AL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,720
Divorce Rate: 15.0%
Divorcees: 1,286
Median Income: $40,652
More on Fairfield:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Tarrant, AL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,174
Divorce Rate: 15.0%
Divorcees: 740
Median Income: $30,485
More on Tarrant:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Brewton, AL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,240
Divorce Rate: 15.0%
Divorcees: 628
Median Income: $42,898
More on Brewton:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Oneonta, AL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,568
Divorce Rate: 14.0%
Divorcees: 735
Median Income: $39,669
More on Oneonta:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Center Point, AL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 16,353
Divorce Rate: 14.0%
Divorcees: 1,831
Median Income: $43,515
More on Center Point:  Cost Of Living

Pell City, AL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,781
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 1,433
Median Income: $54,674
More on Pell City:  Cost Of Living

Sheffield, AL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,986
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 934
Median Income: $34,194
More on Sheffield:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

How We Determined The Places In Alabama That Get Un-Hitched The Most

Since that this is the 58th category of rankings we are compiling for the site, we had a pretty good idea where to find data on marriage and divorce in America — the U.S. Census Bureau. Because who likes tracking misery more than the U.S. government?

Specifically, we looked at the 2015-2019 American Community Survey specifically table S1201 -- Marital Status.

Pretty straight forward on that front -- we just had to extract the following column of data:

  • Population 15 Years and Over -> Divorced

There's some kinda interesting/fun/sad data in there like .1% of female Americans aged 15-19 are divorced, but 0% of males (That's probably a rounding issue, but still).

But the national data is for another day, today the analysis focuses on the 104 places in Alabama with a population of over 5,000.

We ranked each of these places by the percentage of divorcees over 15 years of age from highest to lowest. We crowned the divorce capital of Alabama the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, Clanton.

And if you're trying to avoid divorce, check out Mountain Brook, the city with the lowest divorce rate in Alabama.

Getting Some Closure In Alabama After Untying The Know

Besides just coming up with what we thought would be a great new blog/book title, "Untying the Knot In Alabama: Life After Divorce", we now have a sense of what places in the Heart of Dixie don't pay much attention to the whole "'til death do we part" phrase.

Try to keep in mind that the reason cities rank where they do in Alabama could be because of the age, education, and income distribution, as all of those things impact the rate of divorce.

And, in all honestly, that's probably for the best. It's much better to get out of a toxic relationship than stay it.

Just make sure you have your running shoes ready to go.

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Detailed List Of The Cities With The Highest Divorce Rates In Alabama

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Clanton, AL 17.0%
2 Attalla, AL 16.0%
3 Hamilton, AL 15.0%
4 Fairfield, AL 15.0%
5 Tarrant, AL 15.0%
6 Brewton, AL 15.0%
7 Oneonta, AL 14.0%
8 Center Point, AL 14.0%
9 Pell City, AL 13.0%
10 Sheffield, AL 13.0%
11 Gadsden, AL 13.0%
12 Bessemer, AL 13.0%
13 Demopolis, AL 12.0%
14 Irondale, AL 12.0%
15 Chickasaw, AL 12.0%
16 Rainbow City, AL 12.0%
17 Pleasant Grove, AL 12.0%
18 Greenville, AL 11.0%
19 Birmingham, AL 11.0%
20 Fultondale, AL 11.0%
21 Bay Minette, AL 11.0%
22 Prichard, AL 11.0%
23 Cullman, AL 11.0%
24 Sylacauga, AL 11.0%
25 Alexander City, AL 11.0%
26 Hueytown, AL 11.0%
27 Selma, AL 11.0%
28 Andalusia, AL 11.0%
29 Guntersville, AL 10.0%
30 Ozark, AL 10.0%
31 Mobile, AL 10.0%
32 Moody, AL 10.0%
33 Jasper, AL 10.0%
34 Lincoln, AL 10.0%
35 Midfield, AL 10.0%
36 Scottsboro, AL 10.0%
37 Opp, AL 10.0%
38 Lanett, AL 10.0%
39 Tuscumbia, AL 10.0%
40 Arab, AL 10.0%
41 Talladega, AL 10.0%
42 Atmore, AL 10.0%
43 Anniston, AL 9.0%
44 Opelika, AL 9.0%
45 Northport, AL 9.0%
46 Montgomery, AL 9.0%
47 Boaz, AL 9.0%
48 Calera, AL 9.0%
49 Millbrook, AL 9.0%
50 Gardendale, AL 9.0%
51 Semmes, AL 9.0%
52 Southside, AL 9.0%
53 Fort Payne, AL 9.0%
54 Florence, AL 9.0%
55 Decatur, AL 9.0%
56 Albertville, AL 8.0%
57 Oxford, AL 8.0%
58 Valley, AL 8.0%
59 Helena, AL 8.0%
60 Muscle Shoals, AL 8.0%
61 Prattville, AL 8.0%
62 Trussville, AL 8.0%
63 Eufaula, AL 8.0%
64 Tuskegee, AL 8.0%
65 Dothan, AL 8.0%
66 Glencoe, AL 8.0%
67 Roanoke, AL 8.0%
68 Leeds, AL 8.0%
69 Robertsdale, AL 8.0%
70 Saraland, AL 8.0%
71 Troy, AL 7.0%
72 Tuscaloosa, AL 7.0%
73 Pinson, AL 7.0%
74 Wetumpka, AL 7.0%
75 Athens, AL 7.0%
76 Montevallo, AL 7.0%
77 Monroeville, AL 7.0%
78 Clay, AL 7.0%
79 Gulf Shores, AL 7.0%
80 Hartselle, AL 7.0%
81 Pelham, AL 6.0%
82 Chelsea, AL 6.0%
83 Rainsville, AL 6.0%
84 Russellville, AL 6.0%
85 Jacksonville, AL 6.0%
86 Huntsville, AL 6.0%
87 Foley, AL 6.0%
88 Homewood, AL 5.0%
89 Daphne, AL 5.0%
90 Enterprise, AL 5.0%
91 Alabaster, AL 5.0%
92 Phenix City, AL 5.0%
93 Hoover, AL 5.0%
94 Satsuma, AL 5.0%
95 Vestavia Hills, AL 5.0%
96 Orange Beach, AL 5.0%
97 Auburn, AL 4.0%
98 Smiths Station, AL 4.0%
99 Pike Road, AL 4.0%
100 Spanish Fort, AL 3.0%

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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