Cities In Florida With The Highest Divorce Rates For 2020

We analyzed over 215 places in Florida 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 494,355 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 2020.

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.

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 Live Oak, with 11.0% 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 2014-2018 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.

For more Florida reading, check out:

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 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 219 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, Live Oak.

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

Now on to a deeper look at the top ten.

Live Oak, FL

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Population: 6,888
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 606
Median Income: $39,827
More on Live Oak: PhotosData

Live Oak is a city in Suwannee County, Florida, United States. The city is the county seat of Suwannee County and is located east of Tallahassee. As of 2010, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau was 6,850.

Defuniak Springs, FL

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Population: 6,227
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 498
Median Income: $35,650
More on Defuniak Springs: PhotosData

DeFuniak Springs is a city in Walton County, Florida, United States. The population was 5,089 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Walton County.

Starke, FL

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Population: 5,375
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 430
Median Income: $35,142
More on Starke: Data

Lake City, FL

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Population: 11,977
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 958
Median Income: $38,544
More on Lake City: PhotosData

Lake City is the county seat of Columbia County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city’s population was 12,046. It is the principal city of the Lake City Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is composed of Columbia County, and had a 2010 population of 67,531.

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Population: 9,475
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 682
Median Income: $36,647
More on Springfield: Data

Marianna, FL

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Population: 7,266
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 465
Median Income: $24,500
More on Marianna: PhotosData

Marianna is a city in Jackson County, Florida, United States. The population was 6,230 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Jackson County and is home to Chipola College. The official nickname of Marianna is “The City of Southern Charm.”

Macclenny, FL

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Population: 6,482
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 414
Median Income: $49,458
More on Macclenny: Data

Macclenny is a city in Baker County, Florida and is one of the principal municipalities comprising Greater Jacksonville. The population was 6,374 at the 2010 census, up from 4,459 in 2000. It is the county seat of Baker County.

Palatka, FL

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Population: 10,320
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 660
Median Income: $26,177
More on Palatka: PhotosData

Palatka is a city in Putnam County, Florida, United States. The population was 10,558 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Putnam County. Palatka is the principal city of the Palatka Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is home to 72,893 residents. The city is also home to St. Johns River State College, St. Johns River Water Management District Headquarters, and Ravine Gardens State Park. The area is well known for its local festivals, most notably the Florida Azalea Festival and the Blue Crab Festival.

Arcadia, FL

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Population: 7,943
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 508
Median Income: $26,978
More on Arcadia: PhotosData

Arcadia is a city and county seat of DeSoto County, Florida, United States. The population was 7,637 as of the 2010 census, with an estimated population of 7,722 in 2014. Arcadia’s Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Green Cove Springs, FL

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Population: 7,639
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 427
Median Income: $55,486
More on Green Cove Springs: PhotosData

Green Cove Springs is a hydrological spring and a city in Clay County, Florida, United States. The population was 5,378 at the 2000 census. As of 2010, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau was 6,908. It is the county seat of Clay County.

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.

For more Florida reading, check out:

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

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Live Oak, FL 11.0%
2 Defuniak Springs, FL 10.0%
3 Starke, FL 10.0%
4 Lake City, FL 10.0%
5 Springfield, FL 9.0%
6 Marianna, FL 8.0%
7 Macclenny, FL 8.0%
8 Palatka, FL 8.0%
9 Arcadia, FL 8.0%
10 Green Cove Springs, FL 7.0%
11 Holly Hill, FL 7.0%
12 South Bay, FL 7.0%
13 Panama City, FL 6.0%
14 Pensacola, FL 6.0%
15 Perry, FL 6.0%
16 Plant City, FL 6.0%
17 Quincy, FL 6.0%
18 Bartow, FL 6.0%
19 Ocala, FL 6.0%
20 Auburndale, FL 6.0%
21 Tavares, FL 6.0%
22 Wildwood, FL 6.0%
23 Inverness, FL 5.0%
24 High Springs, FL 5.0%
25 Milton, FL 5.0%
26 Mount Dora, FL 5.0%
27 Jacksonville, FL 5.0%
28 Jacksonville Beach, FL 5.0%
29 Dade City, FL 5.0%
30 Alachua, FL 5.0%
31 Fort Pierce, FL 5.0%
32 Riviera Beach, FL 5.0%
33 Avon Park, FL 5.0%
34 Fruitland Park, FL 4.0%
35 Winter Haven, FL 4.0%
36 Groveland, FL 4.0%
37 West Park, FL 4.0%
38 Titusville, FL 4.0%
39 Tampa, FL 4.0%
40 Tallahassee, FL 4.0%
41 Stuart, FL 4.0%
42 Lakeland, FL 4.0%
43 Orange City, FL 4.0%
44 St. Petersburg, FL 4.0%
45 Lynn Haven, FL 4.0%
46 St. Augustine, FL 4.0%
47 Maitland, FL 4.0%
48 South Pasadena, FL 4.0%
49 South Daytona, FL 4.0%
50 Sanford, FL 4.0%
51 Fort Walton Beach, FL 4.0%
52 Pahokee, FL 4.0%
53 Okeechobee, FL 4.0%
54 Orange Park, FL 4.0%
55 Leesburg, FL 4.0%
56 Miami Gardens, FL 4.0%
57 Belle Glade, FL 4.0%
58 Brooksville, FL 4.0%
59 Cocoa, FL 4.0%
60 Crestview, FL 4.0%
61 Daytona Beach, FL 4.0%
62 Deland, FL 4.0%
63 Callaway, FL 4.0%
64 Fort Meade, FL 4.0%
65 Altamonte Springs, FL 3.0%
66 Melbourne, FL 3.0%
67 Temple Terrace, FL 3.0%
68 Miami Lakes, FL 3.0%
69 Bay Harbor Islands, FL 3.0%
70 Miami Springs, FL 3.0%
71 Fort Lauderdale, FL 3.0%
72 Tarpon Springs, FL 3.0%
73 South Miami, FL 3.0%
74 Gulfport, FL 3.0%
75 Newberry, FL 3.0%
76 Oakland Park, FL 3.0%
77 Ocoee, FL 3.0%
78 Fort Myers, FL 3.0%
79 Orlando, FL 3.0%
80 Palm Bay, FL 3.0%
81 Pinellas Park, FL 3.0%
82 Pompano Beach, FL 3.0%
83 Bradenton, FL 3.0%
84 Rockledge, FL 3.0%
85 Royal Palm Beach, FL 3.0%
86 Casselberry, FL 3.0%
87 St. Augustine Beach, FL 3.0%
88 Sarasota, FL 3.0%
89 Gainesville, FL 3.0%
90 Sebring, FL 3.0%
91 Cape Canaveral, FL 3.0%
92 Longwood, FL 3.0%
93 Lauderhill, FL 3.0%
94 New Smyrna Beach, FL 3.0%
95 Key West, FL 3.0%
96 Florida City, FL 3.0%
97 Fernandina Beach, FL 3.0%
98 Homestead, FL 3.0%
99 Apopka, FL 3.0%
100 Eustis, 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.

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