Cities In Arkansas With The Highest Divorce Rates For 2020


We analyzed over 62 places in Arkansas 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.

Far.

Away.

But, don’t just take my word for it, take the word of the some 167,477 people living in Arkansas over fifteen years of age who are divorced. Or compare that to the 28,339,199 dAmericans who are already divorced in 2020.

A lot of people make the decision to run away – or simply split up – across the Natural 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 Arkansas 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 Arkansas with highest rates of divorcees.

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

What is the city in Arkansas with the highest divorce rate? That would be Stuttgart, with 15.0% of people over 15 years of age being divorced, per the most recent census data.

What is the overall Arkansas divorce rate? According to the 2014-2018 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Arkansas is 7.000000000000001%, which compares to the US divorce rate of 10.9%.

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

For more Arkansas reading, check out:

How We Determined The Places In Arkansas 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 2014-2018 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 64 places in Arkansas 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 Arkansas the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, Stuttgart.

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

Now on to a deeper look at the top ten.

Stuttgart, AR

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,866
Divorce Rate: 15.0%
Divorcees: 1,063
Median Income: $38,268
More on Stuttgart: PhotosData

Stuttgart is a city in and the county seat of the northern district of Arkansas County, Arkansas, United States. It is located on U.S. Route 79 about 45 miles southeast of Little Rock. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 9,326.

Newport, AR

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,695
Divorce Rate: 15.0%
Divorcees: 923
Median Income: $29,877
More on Newport: PhotosData

Camden, AR

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 11,152
Divorce Rate: 12.0%
Divorcees: 1,070
Median Income: $28,495
More on Camden: PhotosData

Camden is a city in and the county seat of Ouachita County in the south-central part of the U.S. state of Arkansas.

El Dorado, AR

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 18,129
Divorce Rate: 12.0%
Divorcees: 1,740
Median Income: $42,411
More on El Dorado: PhotosData

Malvern, AR

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,853
Divorce Rate: 12.0%
Divorcees: 1,041
Median Income: $32,756
More on Malvern: PhotosData

Malvern is a city in and the county seat of Hot Spring County, Arkansas, United States. Founded as a railroad stop at the eastern edge of the Ouachita Mountains, the community’s history and economy have been tied to available agricultural and mineral resources. The production of bricks from locally available clay has earned the city the nickname, “The Brick Capital of the World”. The city had a population of 10,318 at the time of the 2010 census, and in 2015 the estimated population was 10,928.

Walnut Ridge, AR

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,125
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 451
Median Income: $38,917
More on Walnut Ridge: PhotosData

Pocahontas, AR

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 6,506
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 572
Median Income: $35,793
More on Pocahontas: PhotosData

Pocahontas is a city in Randolph County, Arkansas, United States, along the Black River. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city was 6,765. The city is the county seat of Randolph County.

Helena-West Helena, AR

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 10,965
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 964
Median Income: $22,400
More on Helena-West Helena: PhotosData

Helena-West Helena is the county seat of and the largest city within Phillips County, Arkansas, United States. The current city was consolidated, effective January 1, 2006, from the two Arkansas cities of Helena and West Helena. Helena is sited on lowlands between the Mississippi River and the eastern side of Crowley’s Ridge. West Helena is located on the western side of Crowley’s Ridge, a geographic anomaly in the typically flat Arkansas Delta. The Helena Bridge, one of Arkansas’ four Mississippi River bridges, carries U.S. Route 49 across to Mississippi. The combined population of the two cities was 15,012 at the 2000 census and at the 2010 census, the official population was 12,282.

Hot Springs, AR

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 36,969
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 2,957
Median Income: $34,120
More on Hot Springs: PhotosData

Hot Springs is the eleventh-largest city in the state of Arkansas and the county seat of Garland County. The city is located in the Ouachita Mountains among the U.S. Interior Highlands, and is set among several natural hot springs for which the city is named. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city had a population of 35,193. In 2015 the estimated population was 35,635.

Monticello, AR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,580
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 766
Median Income: $34,171
More on Monticello: PhotosData

Monticello is a city in and the county seat of Drew County, Arkansas, in the United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 9,467.

Getting Some Closure In Arkansas After Untying The Know

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

For more Arkansas reading, check out:

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

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Stuttgart, AR 15.0%
2 Newport, AR 15.0%
3 Camden, AR 12.0%
4 El Dorado, AR 12.0%
5 Malvern, AR 12.0%
6 Walnut Ridge, AR 11.0%
7 Pocahontas, AR 11.0%
8 Helena-West Helena, AR 11.0%
9 Hot Springs, AR 10.0%
10 Monticello, AR 10.0%
11 Morrilton, AR 10.0%
12 Forrest City, AR 10.0%
13 Pine Bluff, AR 10.0%
14 Warren, AR 10.0%
15 North Little Rock, AR 10.0%
16 Paragould, AR 9.0%
17 Mena, AR 9.0%
18 Sherwood, AR 9.0%
19 Jonesboro, AR 9.0%
20 Trumann, AR 9.0%
21 Little Rock, AR 9.0%
22 Wynne, AR 9.0%
23 Cabot, AR 9.0%
24 Berryville, AR 9.0%
25 Crossett, AR 9.0%
26 Beebe, AR 9.0%
27 Benton, AR 9.0%
28 Hope, AR 8.0%
29 Blytheville, AR 8.0%
30 Batesville, AR 8.0%
31 Bryant, AR 8.0%
32 Osceola, AR 8.0%
33 Van Buren, AR 8.0%
34 Harrison, AR 7.0%
35 Heber Springs, AR 7.0%
36 Maumelle, AR 7.0%
37 Clarksville, AR 7.0%
38 West Memphis, AR 7.0%
39 Pea Ridge, AR 7.0%
40 White Hall, AR 7.0%
41 Texarkana, AR 6.0%
42 Searcy, AR 6.0%
43 Prairie Grove, AR 6.0%
44 Russellville, AR 6.0%
45 Greenbrier, AR 6.0%
46 Greenwood, AR 6.0%
47 Conway, AR 6.0%
48 Marion, AR 6.0%
49 Magnolia, AR 6.0%
50 Jacksonville, AR 6.0%
51 Fort Smith, AR 6.0%
52 Alma, AR 5.0%
53 Cherokee Village, AR 5.0%
54 Arkadelphia, AR 5.0%
55 Fayetteville, AR 5.0%
56 De Queen, AR 4.0%
57 Centerton, AR 4.0%
58 Siloam Springs, AR 4.0%
59 Mountain Home, AR 4.0%
60 Lowell, AR 4.0%
61 Springdale, AR 4.0%
62 Farmington, AR 3.0%
63 Rogers, AR 3.0%
64 Bentonville, AR 2.0%

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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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