The 10 Cities In Florida With The Highest Divorce Rates For 2022

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 2022. 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.



But, don't just take my word for it, take the word of the some 509,206 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 2022.

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. DeFuniak Springs (Photos)
  2. Starke
  3. Live Oak (Photos)
  4. Lake City (Photos)
  5. Orange Park
  6. Macclenny
  7. Bartow (Photos)
  8. Belleview (Photos)
  9. Quincy (Photos)
  10. Auburndale

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 DeFuniak Springs, with 14.0% 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 2016-2020 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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Defuniak Springs, FL

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Population: 6,696
Divorce Rate: 14.0%
Divorcees: 749
Median Income: $49,663
More on Defuniak Springs:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Starke, FL

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Population: 5,415
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 563
Median Income: $37,737
More on Starke:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Live Oak, FL

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Population: 6,929
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 609
Median Income: $44,505
More on Live Oak:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Lake City, FL

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Population: 12,166
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 973
Median Income: $40,397
More on Lake City:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

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Population: 8,764
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 631
Median Income: $62,979
More on Orange Park:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Macclenny, FL

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Population: 6,732
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 484
Median Income: $56,461
More on Macclenny:  Cost Of Living

Bartow, FL

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Population: 19,762
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 1,264
Median Income: $48,227
More on Bartow:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Belleview, FL

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Population: 5,028
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 321
Median Income: $41,085
More on Belleview:  | Crime Report

Quincy, FL

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Population: 7,237
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 463
Median Income: $35,609
More on Quincy:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

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Population: 16,230
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 1,038
Median Income: $54,638
More on Auburndale:  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 2016-2020 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 221 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, DeFuniak Springs.

And if you're trying to avoid divorce, check out Sanibel, 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 Defuniak Springs, FL 14.0%
2 Starke, FL 13.0%
3 Live Oak, FL 11.0%
4 Lake City, FL 10.0%
5 Orange Park, FL 9.0%
6 Macclenny, FL 9.0%
7 Bartow, FL 8.0%
8 Belleview, FL 8.0%
9 Quincy, FL 8.0%
10 Auburndale, FL 8.0%
11 Arcadia, FL 8.0%
12 Inverness, FL 8.0%
13 Palatka, FL 8.0%
14 Marianna, FL 7.0%
15 Green Cove Springs, FL 7.0%
16 Holly Hill, FL 7.0%
17 Alachua, FL 7.0%
18 Gulf Breeze, FL 7.0%
19 Springfield, FL 6.0%
20 Dade City, FL 6.0%
21 Wildwood, FL 6.0%
22 Ocala, FL 6.0%
23 Plant City, FL 6.0%
24 Panama City, FL 6.0%
25 Pensacola, FL 6.0%
26 Brooksville, FL 5.0%
27 Avon Park, FL 5.0%
28 Leesburg, FL 5.0%
29 Lake Mary, FL 5.0%
30 Labelle, FL 5.0%
31 Kenneth City, FL 5.0%
32 Jacksonville, FL 5.0%
33 Fort Pierce, FL 5.0%
34 Winter Haven, FL 5.0%
35 Daytona Beach, FL 5.0%
36 Okeechobee, FL 5.0%
37 Newberry, FL 5.0%
38 Pahokee, FL 5.0%
39 Stuart, FL 5.0%
40 South Bay, FL 5.0%
41 Riviera Beach, FL 5.0%
42 Perry, FL 5.0%
43 Opa-Locka, FL 5.0%
44 High Springs, FL 4.0%
45 South Pasadena, FL 4.0%
46 Sebring, FL 4.0%
47 Jacksonville Beach, FL 4.0%
48 St. Augustine, FL 4.0%
49 Pinellas Park, FL 4.0%
50 West Park, FL 4.0%
51 Orange City, FL 4.0%
52 Palmetto, FL 4.0%
53 Titusville, FL 4.0%
54 Lynn Haven, FL 4.0%
55 St. Petersburg, FL 4.0%
56 Maitland, FL 4.0%
57 Tampa, FL 4.0%
58 Miami Gardens, FL 4.0%
59 Mount Dora, FL 4.0%
60 Tallahassee, FL 4.0%
61 Surfside, FL 4.0%
62 Lake Wales, FL 4.0%
63 Lakeland, FL 4.0%
64 Zephyrhills, FL 4.0%
65 Deland, FL 4.0%
66 Fernandina Beach, FL 4.0%
67 Fort Meade, FL 4.0%
68 Edgewater, FL 4.0%
69 Cocoa, FL 4.0%
70 Belle Glade, FL 4.0%
71 New Smyrna Beach, FL 3.0%
72 Neptune Beach, FL 3.0%
73 Bradenton, FL 3.0%
74 Vero Beach, FL 3.0%
75 Largo, FL 3.0%
76 Lauderdale Lakes, FL 3.0%
77 Temple Terrace, FL 3.0%
78 South Daytona, FL 3.0%
79 North Bay Village, FL 3.0%
80 Crestview, FL 3.0%
81 Callaway, FL 3.0%
82 Tequesta, FL 3.0%
83 Ocoee, FL 3.0%
84 Longwood, FL 3.0%
85 St. Augustine Beach, FL 3.0%
86 Lauderhill, FL 3.0%
87 Milton, FL 3.0%
88 Boynton Beach, FL 3.0%
89 Rockledge, FL 3.0%
90 Dania Beach, FL 3.0%
91 Winter Park, FL 3.0%
92 Altamonte Springs, FL 3.0%
93 Panama City Beach, FL 3.0%
94 Tavares, FL 3.0%
95 Gainesville, FL 3.0%
96 Sebastian, FL 3.0%
97 North Palm Beach, FL 3.0%
98 Homestead, FL 3.0%
99 Sarasota, FL 3.0%
100 Fort Walton Beach, 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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