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

We analyzed over 21 places in Connecticut 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 Connecticut 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 143,002 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 2021.

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. Derby (Photos)
  3. Bristol (Photos)
  4. Norwich (Photos)
  5. Ansonia (Photos)
  6. Waterbury (Photos)
  7. Middletown (Photos)
  8. Naugatuck (Photos)
  9. Meriden (Photos)
  10. Milford (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 9.0% 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 2015-2019 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.

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Torrington, CT

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Population: 34,489
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 2,483
Median Income: $63,172
More on Torrington:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Derby, CT

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Population: 12,485
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 898
Median Income: $56,357
More on Derby:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Bristol, CT

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Population: 60,218
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 3,853
Median Income: $67,507
More on Bristol:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Norwich, CT

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Population: 39,260
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 2,512
Median Income: $57,052
More on Norwich:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Ansonia, CT

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Population: 18,802
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 1,052
Median Income: $54,901
More on Ansonia:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Waterbury, CT

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Population: 108,276
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 6,063
Median Income: $42,401
More on Waterbury:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Middletown, CT

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Population: 46,511
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 2,604
Median Income: $65,572
More on Middletown:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Naugatuck, CT

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Population: 31,347
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 1,755
Median Income: $74,944
More on Naugatuck:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Meriden, CT

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Population: 59,676
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 3,341
Median Income: $58,843
More on Meriden:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Milford, CT

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Population: 52,732
Divorce Rate: 6.0%
Divorcees: 2,531
Median Income: $91,783
More on Milford:  | Crime Report

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 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 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.

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 9.0%
2 Derby, CT 9.0%
3 Bristol, CT 8.0%
4 Norwich, CT 8.0%
5 Ansonia, CT 7.0%
6 Waterbury, CT 7.0%
7 Middletown, CT 7.0%
8 Naugatuck, CT 7.0%
9 Meriden, CT 7.0%
10 Milford, CT 6.0%
11 Shelton, CT 6.0%
12 West Haven, CT 6.0%
13 Groton, CT 5.0%
14 Hartford, CT 4.0%
15 New Britain, CT 4.0%
16 New Haven, CT 4.0%
17 New London, 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

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