The 10 Cities In Alaska With The Highest Divorce Rates For 2019

We analyzed over 28 places in Alaska to identify the ones that have the highest rates of divorce.

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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.



But, don’t just take my word for it, take the word of the some 68,538 people living in Alaska over fifteen years of age who are divorced. Or compare that to the 28,339,199 dAmericans who are already divorced in 2019.

A lot of people make the decision to run away – or simply split up – across the Last Frontier.

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 Alaska 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 Alaska with highest rates of divorcees.

The 10 Cities In Alaska With The Highest Divorce Rates

  1. Cordova (Photos)
  2. Kenai (Photos)
  3. Craig (Photos)
  4. Wrangell (Photos)
  5. Wasilla (Photos)
  6. Soldotna (Photos)
  7. Houston
  8. Sitka (Photos)
  9. Ketchikan (Photos)
  10. Palmer (Photos)

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

What is the city in Alaska with the highest divorce rate? That would be Cordova, with 20.2% of people over 15 years of age being divorced, per the most recent census data.

What is the overall Alaska divorce rate? According to the 2013-2017 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Alaska is 11.600000000000001%, which compares to the US divorce rate of 10.9%.

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

For more Alaska reading, check out:

How We Determined The Places In Alaska 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 2013-2017 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 28 places in Alaska with a population of over 1,000.

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 Alaska the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, Cordova.

And if you’re trying to avoid divorce, check out Chevak, the city with the lowest divorce rate in Alaska.

Now on to a deeper look at the top ten.

Cordova, AK

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Population: 3,175
Divorce Rate: 20.2%
Divorcees: 577
Median Income: $95,227
More on Cordova: PhotosData

Cordova is a small town located near the mouth of the Copper River in the Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska, United States, at the head of Orca Inlet on the east side of Prince William Sound. The population was 2,239 at the 2010 census. Cordova was named Puerto Cordova by Spanish explorer Salvador Fidalgo in 1790. No roads connect Cordova to other Alaskan towns, so a plane or ferry is required to travel there. In the Exxon Valdez oil spill of March 1989, an oil tanker ran aground northwest of Cordova, heavily damaging ecology and fishing.

Kenai, AK

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Population: 7,634
Divorce Rate: 18.6%
Divorcees: 1,277
Median Income: $58,125
More on Kenai: PhotosData

Kenai is a city in the Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. The population was 7,100 as of the 2010 census.

Craig, AK

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Population: 1,285
Divorce Rate: 17.1%
Divorcees: 197
Median Income: $62,826
More on Craig: PhotosData

Wrangell, AK

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Population: 2,475
Divorce Rate: 15.8%
Divorcees: 351
Median Income: $56,094
More on Wrangell: PhotosData

The City and Borough of Wrangell is a borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. As of the 2010 census the population was 2,369. Incorporated as a Unified Home Rule Borough on May 30, 2008, Wrangell was previously a city in the Wrangell-Petersburg Census Area.

The primary industry of the city is fishing, and it is a tourist destination. The former large wood processing factory in Wrangell closed down some time ago.

Wasilla, AK

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Population: 9,296
Divorce Rate: 15.6%
Divorcees: 1,305
Median Income: $60,259
More on Wasilla: PhotosData

Wasilla is a city in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, United States and the sixth-largest city in Alaska. It is located on the northern point of Cook Inlet in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley of the southcentral part of the state. The city’s population was 7,831 at the 2010 census. Estimates in 2013 put the population at roughly 8,621. Wasilla is the largest city in the borough and a part of the Anchorage metropolitan area, which had an estimated population of 396,142 in 2013.

Soldotna, AK

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Population: 4,516
Divorce Rate: 15.3%
Divorcees: 621
Median Income: $68,662
More on Soldotna: PhotosData

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Population: 2,068
Divorce Rate: 14.6%
Divorcees: 271
Median Income: $52,888
More on Houston: Data

Sitka, AK

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Population: 8,810
Divorce Rate: 14.3%
Divorcees: 1,133
Median Income: $70,765
More on Sitka: PhotosData

The City and Borough of Sitka, formerly Novo-Arkhangelsk, or New Archangel under Russian rule, is a unified city-borough located on Baranof Island and the southern half of Chichagof Island in the Alexander Archipelago of the Pacific Ocean, in the U.S. state of Alaska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,881. In terms of land area, it is the largest city-borough in the U.S., with a land area of 2,870.3 square miles and a total area of 4,811.4 square miles ; however, it is the smallest of Alaska’s boroughs. Urban Sitka, the part that is usually thought of as the “city” of Sitka, is on the west side of Baranof Island.

Ketchikan, AK

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Population: 8,195
Divorce Rate: 14.2%
Divorcees: 1,047
Median Income: $56,372
More on Ketchikan: PhotosData

Ketchikan is a city in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Alaska, United States, the southeasternmost city in Alaska. With a population at the 2010 census of 8,050, it is the fifth-most populous city in the state, and tenth-most populous community when census-designated places are included.

Palmer, AK

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Population: 6,773
Divorce Rate: 13.9%
Divorcees: 847
Median Income: $58,389
More on Palmer: PhotosData

Palmer is a city in and the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. It is part of the Anchorage Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city is 5,937.

Getting Some Closure In Alaska After Untying The Know

Besides just coming up with what we thought would be a great new blog/book title, “Untying the Knot In Alaska: Life After Divorce”, we now have a sense of what places in the Last Frontier 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 Alaska 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 Alaska

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Cordova, AK 20.2%
2 Kenai, AK 18.6%
3 Craig, AK 17.1%
4 Wrangell, AK 15.8%
5 Wasilla, AK 15.6%
6 Soldotna, AK 15.3%
7 Houston, AK 14.6%
8 Sitka, AK 14.3%
9 Ketchikan, AK 14.2%
10 Palmer, AK 13.9%
11 Kodiak, AK 13.7%
12 Homer, AK 13.6%
13 Nome, AK 13.3%
14 Dillingham, AK 12.9%
15 Anchorage, AK 11.7%
16 North Pole, AK 11.4%
17 Unalaska, AK 11.4%
18 Fairbanks, AK 11.3%
19 Seward, AK 11.2%
20 Juneau, AK 11.1%
21 Valdez, AK 11.1%
22 Bethel, AK 10.6%
23 Sand Point, AK 10.5%
24 Kotzebue, AK 8.7%
25 Barrow, AK 8.7%
26 Hooper Bay, AK 8.0%
27 King Cove, AK 5.2%
28 Chevak, AK 3.2%

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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