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


We analyzed over 215 places in Florida 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 Florida 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.

Far.

Away.

But, don't just take my word for it, take the word of the some 501,639 people living in Florida 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 Sunshine 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 Florida 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 Florida with highest rates of divorcees.

The 10 Cities In Florida With The Highest Divorce Rates

  1. Lake City (Photos)
  2. Starke
  3. Arcadia (Photos)
  4. Marianna (Photos)
  5. Palatka (Photos)
  6. Live Oak (Photos)
  7. DeFuniak Springs (Photos)
  8. Springfield
  9. Quincy (Photos)
  10. Holly Hill (Photos)

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

What is the city in Florida with the highest divorce rate? That would be Lake City, with 12.0% of people over 15 years of age being divorced, per the most recent census data.

What is the overall Florida divorce rate? According to the 2015-2019 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Florida is 3.0%, which compares to the US divorce rate of 10.9%.

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

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Lake City, FL

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 12,063
Divorce Rate: 12.0%
Divorcees: 1,158
Median Income: $38,000
More on Lake City:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Starke, FL

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 5,393
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 431
Median Income: $32,177
More on Starke:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Arcadia, FL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,072
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 645
Median Income: $29,964
More on Arcadia:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Marianna, FL

Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 6,923
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 553
Median Income: $22,909
More on Marianna:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Palatka, FL

Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 10,363
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 746
Median Income: $26,881
More on Palatka:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Live Oak, FL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,890
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 496
Median Income: $47,859
More on Live Oak:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Defuniak Springs, FL

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 6,448
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 464
Median Income: $41,964
More on Defuniak Springs:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 9,319
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 670
Median Income: $38,841
More on Springfield:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Quincy, FL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,334
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 410
Median Income: $36,250
More on Quincy:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Holly Hill, FL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 12,147
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 680
Median Income: $35,113
More on Holly Hill:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

How We Determined The Places In Florida 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 220 places in Florida 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 Florida the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, Lake City.

And if you're trying to avoid divorce, check out Palm Beach, the city with the lowest divorce rate in Florida.

Getting Some Closure In Florida After Untying The Know

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

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Lake City, FL 12.0%
2 Starke, FL 10.0%
3 Arcadia, FL 10.0%
4 Marianna, FL 10.0%
5 Palatka, FL 9.0%
6 Live Oak, FL 9.0%
7 Defuniak Springs, FL 9.0%
8 Springfield, FL 9.0%
9 Quincy, FL 7.0%
10 Holly Hill, FL 7.0%
11 Auburndale, FL 7.0%
12 South Bay, FL 7.0%
13 Green Cove Springs, FL 7.0%
14 Plant City, FL 6.0%
15 Dade City, FL 6.0%
16 Panama City, FL 6.0%
17 Inverness, FL 6.0%
18 Pensacola, FL 6.0%
19 Bartow, FL 6.0%
20 Wildwood, FL 6.0%
21 Labelle, FL 6.0%
22 Ocala, FL 5.0%
23 Okeechobee, FL 5.0%
24 High Springs, FL 5.0%
25 Deland, FL 5.0%
26 Opa-Locka, FL 5.0%
27 Alachua, FL 5.0%
28 Riviera Beach, FL 5.0%
29 Milton, FL 5.0%
30 Brooksville, FL 5.0%
31 Tavares, FL 5.0%
32 Titusville, FL 5.0%
33 Perry, FL 5.0%
34 Macclenny, FL 5.0%
35 Avon Park, FL 5.0%
36 Leesburg, FL 5.0%
37 Stuart, FL 5.0%
38 Jacksonville, FL 5.0%
39 Fort Pierce, FL 4.0%
40 Pahokee, FL 4.0%
41 Fruitland Park, FL 4.0%
42 Mount Dora, FL 4.0%
43 Groveland, FL 4.0%
44 Newberry, FL 4.0%
45 Jacksonville Beach, FL 4.0%
46 Miami Gardens, FL 4.0%
47 Maitland, FL 4.0%
48 Lynn Haven, FL 4.0%
49 Lake Wales, FL 4.0%
50 Orange Park, FL 4.0%
51 Fort Meade, FL 4.0%
52 Edgewater, FL 4.0%
53 Tampa, FL 4.0%
54 Callaway, FL 4.0%
55 Sebring, FL 4.0%
56 Tallahassee, FL 4.0%
57 Sanford, FL 4.0%
58 Daytona Beach, FL 4.0%
59 Crestview, FL 4.0%
60 South Pasadena, FL 4.0%
61 St. Augustine, FL 4.0%
62 St. Petersburg, FL 4.0%
63 Winter Haven, FL 4.0%
64 Surfside, FL 4.0%
65 Lakeland, FL 4.0%
66 Fernandina Beach, FL 4.0%
67 Belle Glade, FL 4.0%
68 Winter Springs, FL 3.0%
69 Tarpon Springs, FL 3.0%
70 Palmetto, FL 3.0%
71 Vero Beach, FL 3.0%
72 West Melbourne, FL 3.0%
73 West Miami, FL 3.0%
74 West Park, FL 3.0%
75 Winter Park, FL 3.0%
76 Melbourne, FL 3.0%
77 Temple Terrace, FL 3.0%
78 New Port Richey, FL 3.0%
79 New Smyrna Beach, FL 3.0%
80 St. Augustine Beach, FL 3.0%
81 Oakland Park, FL 3.0%
82 Ocoee, FL 3.0%
83 Sarasota, FL 3.0%
84 Orange City, FL 3.0%
85 Royal Palm Beach, FL 3.0%
86 Port Orange, FL 3.0%
87 Pompano Beach, FL 3.0%
88 Orlando, FL 3.0%
89 Pinellas Park, FL 3.0%
90 Palm Bay, FL 3.0%
91 Lauderhill, FL 3.0%
92 Zephyrhills, FL 3.0%
93 Eustis, FL 3.0%
94 Cocoa, FL 3.0%
95 Kenneth City, FL 3.0%
96 Gulfport, FL 3.0%
97 Key West, FL 3.0%
98 Gulf Breeze, FL 3.0%
99 Casselberry, FL 3.0%
100 Cape Canaveral, FL 3.0%

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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.

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

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