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

We analyzed over 57 places in Arizona 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 Arizona 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.



But, don't just take my word for it, take the word of the some 169,207 people living in Arizona 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 Grand Canyon State.

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 Arizona 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 Arizona with highest rates of divorcees.

The 10 Cities In Arizona With The Highest Divorce Rates

  1. Globe (Photos)
  2. South Tucson (Photos)
  3. Safford (Photos)
  4. Guadalupe (Photos)
  5. Holbrook (Photos)
  6. Thatcher (Photos)
  7. Florence (Photos)
  8. Camp Verde (Photos)
  9. Tolleson (Photos)
  10. Coolidge (Photos)

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

What is the city in Arizona with the highest divorce rate? That would be Globe, with 12.0% of people over 15 years of age being divorced, per the most recent census data.

What is the overall Arizona divorce rate? According to the 2015-2019 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Arizona is 3.0%, which compares to the US divorce rate of 10.9%.

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

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Globe, AZ

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Population: 7,348
Divorce Rate: 12.0%
Divorcees: 705
Median Income: $49,954
More on Globe:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

South Tucson, AZ

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Population: 5,667
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 453
Median Income: $24,967
More on South Tucson:  Cost Of Living

Safford, AZ

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Population: 9,749
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 779
Median Income: $50,255
More on Safford:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Guadalupe, AZ

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Population: 6,482
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 466
Median Income: $38,125
More on Guadalupe:  Cost Of Living

Holbrook, AZ

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Population: 5,037
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 282
Median Income: $46,679
More on Holbrook:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Thatcher, AZ

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Population: 5,047
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 282
Median Income: $61,106
More on Thatcher:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Florence, AZ

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Population: 26,420
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 1,479
Median Income: $49,534
More on Florence:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Camp Verde, AZ

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Population: 11,196
Divorce Rate: 6.0%
Divorcees: 537
Median Income: $39,681
More on Camp Verde:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Tolleson, AZ

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Population: 7,246
Divorce Rate: 6.0%
Divorcees: 347
Median Income: $45,952
More on Tolleson:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Coolidge, AZ

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Population: 12,685
Divorce Rate: 6.0%
Divorcees: 608
Median Income: $49,266
More on Coolidge:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

How We Determined The Places In Arizona 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 58 places in Arizona 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 Arizona the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, Globe.

And if you're trying to avoid divorce, check out San Luis, the city with the lowest divorce rate in Arizona.

Getting Some Closure In Arizona After Untying The Know

Besides just coming up with what we thought would be a great new blog/book title, "Untying the Knot In Arizona: Life After Divorce", we now have a sense of what places in the Grand Canyon State 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 Arizona 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 Arizona

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Globe, AZ 12.0%
2 South Tucson, AZ 10.0%
3 Safford, AZ 10.0%
4 Guadalupe, AZ 9.0%
5 Holbrook, AZ 7.0%
6 Thatcher, AZ 7.0%
7 Florence, AZ 7.0%
8 Camp Verde, AZ 6.0%
9 Tolleson, AZ 6.0%
10 Coolidge, AZ 6.0%
11 Winslow, AZ 6.0%
12 Cottonwood, AZ 5.0%
13 Douglas, AZ 5.0%
14 Eloy, AZ 5.0%
15 Snowflake, AZ 5.0%
16 Bisbee, AZ 5.0%
17 Apache Junction, AZ 4.0%
18 El Mirage, AZ 4.0%
19 Casa Grande, AZ 4.0%
20 Tucson, AZ 4.0%
21 Show Low, AZ 4.0%
22 Youn, AZ 4.0%
23 Phoenix, AZ 3.0%
24 Nogales, AZ 3.0%
25 Payson, AZ 3.0%
26 Mesa, AZ 3.0%
27 Yuma, AZ 3.0%
28 Avondale, AZ 3.0%
29 Chino Valley, AZ 3.0%
30 Flagstaff, AZ 3.0%
31 Glendale, AZ 3.0%
32 Cave Creek, AZ 2.0%
33 Chandler, AZ 2.0%
34 Tempe, AZ 2.0%
35 Surprise, AZ 2.0%
36 Scottsdale, AZ 2.0%
37 Litchfield Park, AZ 2.0%
38 Sahuarita, AZ 2.0%
39 Gilbert, AZ 2.0%
40 Marana, AZ 2.0%
41 Prescott, AZ 2.0%
42 Kingman, AZ 2.0%
43 Page, AZ 2.0%
44 Queen Creek, AZ 2.0%
45 Goodyear, AZ 2.0%
46 Paradise Valley, AZ 2.0%
47 Peoria, AZ 2.0%
48 Prescott Valley, AZ 2.0%
49 Fountain Hills, AZ 1.0%
50 Somerton, AZ 1.0%
51 Sedona, AZ 1.0%
52 Oro Valley, AZ 1.0%
53 Lake Havasu City, AZ 1.0%
54 Bullhead City, AZ 1.0%
55 Wickenburg, AZ 1.0%
56 Maricopa, AZ 1.0%
57 Sierra Vista, AZ 1.0%
58 San Luis, AZ 1.0%

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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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