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


We analyzed over 76 places in Colorado 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 517,556 people living in Colorado 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 Centennial 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 Colorado 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 Colorado with highest rates of divorcees.

The 10 Cities In Colorado With The Highest Divorce Rates

  1. Aspen (Photos)
  2. Sheridan (Photos)
  3. Gypsum (Photos)
  4. Lochbuie (Photos)
  5. Pueblo (Photos)
  6. Edgewater (Photos)
  7. Cortez (Photos)
  8. Delta (Photos)
  9. Salida (Photos)
  10. Avon (Photos)

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

What is the city in Colorado with the highest divorce rate? That would be Aspen, with 22.9% of people over 15 years of age being divorced, per the most recent census data.

What is the overall Colorado divorce rate? According to the 2013-2017 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Colorado is 11.899999999999999%, which compares to the US divorce rate of 10.9%.

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

For more Colorado reading, check out:

How We Determined The Places In Colorado 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 76 places in Colorado 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 Colorado the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, Aspen.

And if you’re trying to avoid divorce, check out Cherry Hills Village, the city with the lowest divorce rate in Colorado.

Now on to a deeper look at the top ten.

Aspen, CO

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 7,097
Divorce Rate: 22.9%
Divorcees: 1,462
Median Income: $64,594
More on Aspen: PhotosData

Aspen is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Pitkin County, Colorado, United States. Its population was 6,658 at the 2010 United States Census. Aspen is in a remote area of the Rocky Mountains’ Sawatch Range and Elk Mountains, along the Roaring Fork River at an elevation just below 8,000 feet above sea level on the Western Slope, 11 miles west of the Continental Divide.

Sheridan, CO

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,018
Divorce Rate: 19.3%
Divorcees: 1,045
Median Income: $40,890
More on Sheridan: PhotosData

Gypsum, CO

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 6,926
Divorce Rate: 19.3%
Divorcees: 1,203
Median Income: $89,464
More on Gypsum: PhotosData

Gypsum is a home rule municipality in Eagle County, Colorado, United States. The population was 6,477 at the 2010 census. Gypsum is the home of an American Gypsum drywall plant and mine.

Lochbuie, CO

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,675
Divorce Rate: 17.4%
Divorcees: 888
Median Income: $58,799
More on Lochbuie: PhotosData

The Town of Lochbuie is a Statutory Town located in Weld and Adams counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. The town population was 4726 at the 2010 United States Census.

Pueblo, CO

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 109,122
Divorce Rate: 16.7%
Divorcees: 16,401
Median Income: $36,280
More on Pueblo: PhotosData

Pueblo is a home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Pueblo County, Colorado, United States. The population was 106,595 in 2010 census, making it the 267th most populous city in the United States and the 9th largest in Colorado. Pueblo is the heart of the Pueblo Metropolitan Statistical Area totaling over 160,000 people and an important part of the Front Range Urban Corridor. As of 2014, Pueblo is the primary city of the Pueblo-Caon City combined statistical area totaling approximately 208,000 people, making it the 134th largest in the nation.

Edgewater, CO

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,299
Divorce Rate: 16.4%
Divorcees: 782
Median Income: $50,536
More on Edgewater: PhotosData

The City of Edgewater is a Home Rule Municipality located in Jefferson County, Colorado, United States. Edgewater is located immediately west of Denver, in the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the population is 5,170. Edgewater is surrounded by Denver to the east, Lakewood to the south and west, and Wheat Ridge to the north.

Cortez, CO

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,579
Divorce Rate: 16.3%
Divorcees: 1,258
Median Income: $40,183
More on Cortez: PhotosData

The City of Cortez is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Montezuma County, Colorado, United States. The city population was 8,482 at the 2010 United States Census.

Delta, CO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,739
Divorce Rate: 16.3%
Divorcees: 1,282
Median Income: $38,708
More on Delta: PhotosData

The City of Delta is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Delta County, Colorado, United States. The population was 8,915 at the 2010 census, up from 6,400 at the 2000 census. The United States Forest Service headquarters of the Grand Mesa, Gunnison, and Uncompahgre National Forests are located in Delta.

Salida, CO

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 5,565
Divorce Rate: 16.3%
Divorcees: 816
Median Income: $39,741
More on Salida: PhotosData

The City of Salida is a Statutory City that is the county seat and most populous city of Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. The population was 5,236 at the 2010 census.

Avon, CO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 6,503
Divorce Rate: 15.4%
Divorcees: 901
Median Income: $61,791
More on Avon: PhotosData

Getting Some Closure In Colorado After Untying The Know

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

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

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Aspen, CO 22.9%
2 Sheridan, CO 19.3%
3 Gypsum, CO 19.3%
4 Lochbuie, CO 17.4%
5 Pueblo, CO 16.7%
6 Edgewater, CO 16.4%
7 Cortez, CO 16.3%
8 Delta, CO 16.3%
9 Salida, CO 16.3%
10 Avon, CO 15.4%
11 Littleton, CO 15.3%
12 Lakewood, CO 15.0%
13 Wheat Ridge, CO 14.7%
14 Montrose, CO 14.6%
15 Grand Junction, CO 14.6%
16 Berthoud, CO 14.3%
17 Englewood, CO 14.2%
18 Steamboat Springs, CO 14.0%
19 Fort Lupton, CO 13.8%
20 Brush, CO 13.8%
21 Estes Park, CO 13.6%
22 Lamar, CO 13.5%
23 Longmont, CO 13.3%
24 Fort Morgan, CO 13.3%
25 Northglenn, CO 13.3%
26 Lafayette, CO 13.2%
27 Manitou Springs, CO 13.2%
28 Colorado Springs, CO 13.1%
29 Craig, CO 13.0%
30 Loveland, CO 12.9%
31 Westminster, CO 12.9%
32 Glenwood Springs, CO 12.8%
33 Trinidad, CO 12.6%
34 Evans, CO 12.6%
35 Durango, CO 12.5%
36 Denver, CO 12.4%
37 Aurora, CO 12.4%
38 Sterling, CO 12.4%
39 Federal Heights, CO 12.4%
40 Glendale, CO 12.3%
41 Golden, CO 12.3%
42 Arvada, CO 12.2%
43 Commerce City, CO 12.1%
44 Fruita, CO 11.9%
45 Gunnison, CO 11.9%
46 Louisville, CO 11.6%
47 Greeley, CO 11.5%
48 Thornton, CO 11.4%
49 Wellington, CO 11.3%
50 Brighton, CO 11.2%
51 Fountain, CO 11.1%
52 Alamosa, CO 11.1%
53 Woodland Park, CO 10.8%
54 Carbondale, CO 10.8%
55 Centennial, CO 10.8%
56 Rifle, CO 10.5%
57 La Junta, CO 10.4%
58 Superior, CO 10.3%
59 Castle Rock, CO 10.3%
60 Parker, CO 10.1%
61 Broomfield, CO 10.0%
62 Firestone, CO 9.8%
63 Windsor, CO 9.7%
64 Eagle, CO 9.1%
65 Greenwood Village, CO 9.0%
66 Milliken, CO 8.9%
67 Fort Collins, CO 8.8%
68 John, CO 8.7%
69 Frederick, CO 8.6%
70 Boulder, CO 8.6%
71 Lone Tree, CO 8.0%
72 Erie, CO 7.9%
73 Castle Pines, CO 6.3%
74 Vail, CO 6.0%
75 Monument, CO 5.8%
76 Cherry Hills Village, CO 4.7%

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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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