Cities In Delaware With The Highest Divorce Rates For 2020

We analyzed over 33 places in Delaware 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 30,383 people living in Delaware 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 First 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 Delaware 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 Delaware with highest rates of divorcees.

The 10 Cities In Delaware With The Highest Divorce Rates

  1. Delaware City
  2. Wyoming (Photos)
  3. New Castle (Photos)
  4. Seaford (Photos)
  5. Elsmere (Photos)
  6. Greenwood (Photos)
  7. Laurel (Photos)
  8. Wilmington (Photos)
  9. Felton (Photos)
  10. Harrington (Photos)

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

What is the city in Delaware with the highest divorce rate? That would be Delaware City, with 13.0% of people over 15 years of age being divorced, per the most recent census data.

What is the overall Delaware divorce rate? According to the 2014-2018 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Delaware is 4.0%, which compares to the US divorce rate of 10.9%.

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

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How We Determined The Places In Delaware 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 33 places in Delaware with a population of over 1,000.

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 Delaware the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, Delaware City.

And if you’re trying to avoid divorce, check out Bethany Beach, the city with the lowest divorce rate in Delaware.

Now on to a deeper look at the top ten.

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Population: 1,719
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 178
Median Income: $56,833
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Wyoming, DE

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Population: 1,437
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 114
Median Income: $69,118
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New Castle, DE

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Population: 5,359
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 342
Median Income: $63,573
More on New Castle: PhotosData

New Castle is a city in New Castle County, Delaware, six miles south of Wilmington, situated on the Delaware River. In 1900, 3,380 people lived here; in 1910, 3,351. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the city is 5,285.

Seaford, DE

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Population: 7,572
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 424
Median Income: $46,387
More on Seaford: PhotosData

Seaford is a city located along the Nanticoke River in Sussex County, Delaware. According to the 2010 Census Bureau figures, the population of the city is 6,928, an increase of 3.4% from the 2000 census. It is part of the Salisbury, Maryland-Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Elsmere, DE

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Population: 6,049
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 338
Median Income: $49,020
More on Elsmere: PhotosData

Elsmere is a town in New Castle County, Delaware, United States, bordering the city of Wilmington along Wilmington’s western border. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the town is 6,131.

Greenwood, DE

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Population: 1,017
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 56
Median Income: $45,625
More on Greenwood: PhotosData

Laurel, DE

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Population: 4,211
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 235
Median Income: $33,362
More on Laurel: PhotosData

Wilmington, DE

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Population: 70,904
Divorce Rate: 6.0%
Divorcees: 3,403
Median Income: $42,854
More on Wilmington: PhotosData

Wilmington is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Delaware. The city was built on the site of Fort Christina, the first Swedish settlement in North America. It is at the confluence of the Christina River and Brandywine River, near where the Christina flows into the Delaware River. It is the county seat of New Castle County and one of the major cities in the Delaware Valley metropolitan area. Wilmington was named by Proprietor Thomas Penn after his friend Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, who was prime minister in the reign of George II of Great Britain.

Felton, DE

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Population: 1,478
Divorce Rate: 6.0%
Divorcees: 70
Median Income: $63,945
More on Felton: PhotosData

Harrington, DE

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Population: 3,667
Divorce Rate: 6.0%
Divorcees: 176
Median Income: $39,675
More on Harrington: PhotosData

Getting Some Closure In Delaware After Untying The Know

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

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Delaware City, DE 13.0%
2 Wyoming, DE 10.0%
3 New Castle, DE 8.0%
4 Seaford, DE 7.0%
5 Elsmere, DE 7.0%
6 Greenwood, DE 7.0%
7 Laurel, DE 7.0%
8 Wilmington, DE 6.0%
9 Felton, DE 6.0%
10 Harrington, DE 6.0%
11 Milford, DE 6.0%
12 Clayton, DE 5.0%
13 Dover, DE 5.0%
14 Milton, DE 5.0%
15 Selbyville, DE 4.0%
16 Newport, DE 4.0%
17 Townsend, DE 4.0%
18 Smyrna, DE 4.0%
19 Bellefonte, DE 4.0%
20 Camden, DE 4.0%
21 Lewes, DE 4.0%
22 Millsboro, DE 3.0%
23 Georg, DE 3.0%
24 Delmar, DE 3.0%
25 Cheswold, DE 3.0%
26 Bridgeville, DE 3.0%
27 Middl, DE 3.0%
28 Newark, DE 2.0%
29 Blades, DE 2.0%
30 Ocean View, DE 1.0%
31 Millville, DE 0.0%
32 Rehoboth Beach, DE 0.0%
33 Bethany Beach, DE 0.0%

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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.

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