Cities In Connecticut With The Highest Divorce Rates For 2020

We analyzed over 21 places in Connecticut 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 143,260 people living in Connecticut 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 Constitution 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 Connecticut 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 Connecticut with highest rates of divorcees.

The 10 Cities In Connecticut With The Highest Divorce Rates

  1. Torrington (Photos)
  2. Bristol (Photos)
  3. Norwich (Photos)
  4. Ansonia (Photos)
  5. Waterbury (Photos)
  6. Middletown (Photos)
  7. Meriden (Photos)
  8. West Haven (Photos)
  9. Derby (Photos)
  10. Groton (Photos)

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

What is the city in Connecticut with the highest divorce rate? That would be Torrington, with 11.0% of people over 15 years of age being divorced, per the most recent census data.

What is the overall Connecticut divorce rate? According to the 2014-2018 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Connecticut is 5.0%, which compares to the US divorce rate of 10.9%.

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

For more Connecticut reading, check out:

How We Determined The Places In Connecticut 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 21 places in Connecticut with a population of over 9,000.

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 Connecticut the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, Torrington.

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

Now on to a deeper look at the top ten.

Torrington, CT

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Population: 34,737
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 3,056
Median Income: $63,576
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Torrington is the largest city in Litchfield County, Connecticut and the Litchfield Hills region. It is also the core city of the largest micropolitan area in the United States. The city population was 36,383 according to the 2010 census.

Bristol, CT

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Population: 60,308
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 3,859
Median Income: $66,829
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Norwich, CT

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Population: 39,567
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 2,532
Median Income: $55,391
More on Norwich: PhotosData

Norwich, known as ‘The Rose of New England’, is a city in New London County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 40,493 at the 2010 United States Census. Three rivers, the Yantic, the Shetucket, and the Quinebaug, flow into the city and form its harbor, from which the Thames River flows south to Long Island Sound.

Ansonia, CT

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Population: 18,860
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 1,056
Median Income: $53,540
More on Ansonia: PhotosData

Ansonia is a city in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States, on the Naugatuck River, immediately north of Derby, and about 12 miles northwest of New Haven. The population was 19,249 at the 2010 census. The ZIP code for Ansonia is 06401. The city is served by the Metro-North Railroad. Ansonia Station is a stop on the railroad passenger commuter service’s Waterbury line, connecting to New York’s Grand Central Terminal. Ansonia also is served by the Connecticut Transit bus carrier. Connecticut Route 8 serves Ansonia.

Waterbury, CT

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Population: 108,672
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 6,085
Median Income: $41,617
More on Waterbury: PhotosData

Waterbury is a city in the U.S. state of Connecticut on the Naugatuck River, 33 miles southwest of Hartford and 77 miles northeast of New York City. Waterbury is in New Haven County, Connecticut. As of the 2010 census, Waterbury had a population of 110,366, making it the 10th largest city in the New York Metropolitan Area, 9th largest city in New England and the 5th largest city in Connecticut.

Middletown, CT

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Population: 46,473
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 2,602
Median Income: $67,651
More on Middletown: PhotosData

Middletown is a city located in Middlesex County, Connecticut, along the Connecticut River, in the central part of the state, 16 miles south of Hartford. In 1650, it was incorporated as a town under its original Indian name, Mattabeseck. It received its present name in 1653. Middletown was included within Hartford County upon its creation on May 10, 1666. In 1784, the central settlement was incorporated as a city distinct from the town. Both were included within newly formed Middlesex County in May 1785. In 1923, the City of Middletown was consolidated with the Town, making the city limits of the city quite extensive.

Meriden, CT

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Population: 59,864
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 3,352
Median Income: $57,886
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Meriden is a city in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States, located halfway between the regional cities of New Haven and Hartford. In 2010, the population of the city was 60,868.

West Haven, CT

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Population: 54,918
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 3,075
Median Income: $58,112
More on West Haven: PhotosData

West Haven is a city in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States. At the 2010 census, the population of the city was 55,564.

Derby, CT

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Population: 12,596
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 705
Median Income: $56,301
More on Derby: PhotosData

Derby is a city in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 12,903 at the 2010 census. It is the smallest consolidated city of Connecticut by area and population.

Groton, CT

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Population: 9,109
Divorce Rate: 6.0%
Divorcees: 437
Median Income: $53,750
More on Groton: PhotosData

Groton is a town located on the Thames River in New London County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 40,115 at the 2010 census.

Getting Some Closure In Connecticut After Untying The Know

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

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Torrington, CT 11.0%
2 Bristol, CT 8.0%
3 Norwich, CT 8.0%
4 Ansonia, CT 7.0%
5 Waterbury, CT 7.0%
6 Middletown, CT 7.0%
7 Meriden, CT 7.0%
8 West Haven, CT 7.0%
9 Derby, CT 7.0%
10 Groton, CT 6.0%
11 Milford, CT 6.0%
12 Shelton, CT 6.0%
13 Naugatuck, CT 6.0%
14 New Haven, CT 5.0%
15 New Britain, CT 4.0%
16 New London, CT 4.0%
17 Hartford, CT 4.0%
18 Norwalk, CT 3.0%
19 Danbury, CT 3.0%
20 Bridgeport, CT 3.0%
21 Stamford, CT 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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