The 10 Cities In Florida With The Highest Divorce Rates For 2019


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.

Far.

Away.

But, don’t just take my word for it, take the word of the some 2,092,735 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 2019.

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 South Pasadena, with 22.3% 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 2013-2017 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Florida is 12.9%, 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 2013-2017 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 215 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, South Pasadena.

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

Now on to a deeper look at the top ten.

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Population: 5,061
Divorce Rate: 22.3%
Divorcees: 1,015
Median Income: $32,924
More on South Pasadena: Data

Cape Canaveral, FL

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Population: 10,169
Divorce Rate: 21.0%
Divorcees: 1,921
Median Income: $41,250
More on Cape Canaveral: PhotosData

Cape Canaveral is a city in Brevard County, Florida. The population was 9,912 at the 2010 United States Census. It is part of the Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Orange City, FL

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Population: 11,348
Divorce Rate: 20.9%
Divorcees: 2,134
Median Income: $38,344
More on Orange City: PhotosData

Orange City is a city in Volusia County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city had a population of 10,599. It is a part of the Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach metropolitan area, which was home to 590,289 people in 2010.

West Miami, FL

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Population: 7,046
Divorce Rate: 19.8%
Divorcees: 1,255
Median Income: $46,233
More on West Miami: PhotosData

West Miami is a city in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. The population was 5,965 at the 2010 census.

Bay Harbor Islands, FL

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Population: 5,930
Divorce Rate: 19.6%
Divorcees: 1,046
Median Income: $67,092
More on Bay Harbor Islands: PhotosData

Bay Harbor Islands is a town in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. The population was 5,628 at the 2010 census. It is separated from the mainland by Biscayne Bay, over which the land masses are connected via the Broad Causeway. On the mainland side, BHI is bordered by the city of North Miami, while to the east it borders the villages of Bal Harbour and Surfside. To the south lies the exclusive village of Indian Creek. BHI is about 20 minutes’ driving distance away from Miami International Airport, and it is situated between the larger cities of Aventura and Miami Beach.

Holly Hill, FL

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Population: 11,922
Divorce Rate: 19.3%
Divorcees: 2,070
Median Income: $32,790
More on Holly Hill: PhotosData

Holly Hill is a city in Volusia County, Florida, United States. The population was 11,659 at the 2010 census. Holly Hill’s city limits lie entirely on the Florida mainland, unlike the larger cities on either side of it, Daytona Beach and Ormond Beach, which encompass both the mainland and the barrier island across the Halifax River.

Gulfport, FL

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Population: 12,222
Divorce Rate: 19.3%
Divorcees: 2,122
Median Income: $46,444
More on Gulfport: PhotosData

Vero Beach, FL

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5
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Population: 16,261
Divorce Rate: 19.1%
Divorcees: 2,795
Median Income: $40,771
More on Vero Beach: PhotosData

Vero Beach is a city in and the seat of Indian River County, Florida, United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 data, the city had a population of 15,220.

Tequesta, FL

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Population: 5,957
Divorce Rate: 18.8%
Divorcees: 1,007
Median Income: $56,644
More on Tequesta: PhotosData

Tequesta is an affluent incorporated village in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. The population was 5,629 at the 2010 Census. It is a suburb of West Palm Beach and the northernmost municipality in the Miami South Florida metropolitan area, which in 2010 had a total population of 5,564,635 according to the U.S. Census.

Stuart, FL

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Population: 16,240
Divorce Rate: 18.6%
Divorcees: 2,718
Median Income: $42,210
More on Stuart: PhotosData

Stuart is a city in and the seat of Martin County, Florida, United States. Located on Florida’s Treasure Coast, Stuart is the largest of four incorporated municipalities in Martin County. The population was 15,593 in the 2010 census. It is part of the Port St. Lucie, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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 South Pasadena, FL 22.3%
2 Cape Canaveral, FL 21.0%
3 Orange City, FL 20.9%
4 West Miami, FL 19.8%
5 Bay Harbor Islands, FL 19.6%
6 Holly Hill, FL 19.3%
7 Gulfport, FL 19.3%
8 Vero Beach, FL 19.1%
9 Tequesta, FL 18.8%
10 Stuart, FL 18.6%
11 Brooksville, FL 18.5%
12 Live Oak, FL 18.0%
13 Springfield, FL 18.0%
14 Inverness, FL 17.8%
15 Melbourne, FL 17.7%
16 Largo, FL 17.6%
17 Key West, FL 17.5%
18 North Bay Village, FL 17.4%
19 Miami Beach, FL 17.2%
20 Hallandale Beach, FL 17.1%
21 Tarpon Springs, FL 17.1%
22 Fort Myers Beach, FL 17.1%
23 Lake City, FL 17.0%
24 Panama City, FL 17.0%
25 Edgewater, FL 16.9%
26 Dania Beach, FL 16.9%
27 South Daytona, FL 16.9%
28 Pembroke Park, FL 16.9%
29 Dunedin, FL 16.8%
30 New Smyrna Beach, FL 16.8%
31 Wildwood, FL 16.7%
32 Ocala, FL 16.7%
33 South Bay, FL 16.7%
34 Tavares, FL 16.6%
35 Sarasota, FL 16.6%
36 Treasure Island, FL 16.6%
37 Altamonte Springs, FL 16.5%
38 Pinellas Park, FL 16.5%
39 Atlantic Beach, FL 16.5%
40 Indian Harbour Beach, FL 16.4%
41 Jacksonville Beach, FL 16.3%
42 Aventura, FL 16.3%
43 Palm Beach, FL 16.3%
44 Cocoa Beach, FL 16.2%
45 Miami Springs, FL 16.2%
46 Palatka, FL 16.2%
47 West Melbourne, FL 16.1%
48 Safety Harbor, FL 16.1%
49 Daytona Beach, FL 16.1%
50 Debary, FL 16.1%
51 Zephyrhills, FL 15.8%
52 Sweetwater, FL 15.8%
53 Tamarac, FL 15.7%
54 Starke, FL 15.6%
55 Titusville, FL 15.6%
56 St. Pete Beach, FL 15.5%
57 Hollywood, FL 15.5%
58 New Port Richey, FL 15.4%
59 North Palm Beach, FL 15.4%
60 Pensacola, FL 15.4%
61 Pompano Beach, FL 15.3%
62 Casselberry, FL 15.3%
63 Fort Walton Beach, FL 15.2%
64 Deerfield Beach, FL 15.2%
65 Marathon, FL 15.1%
66 Bradenton, FL 15.0%
67 Orange Park, FL 15.0%
68 Delray Beach, FL 15.0%
69 Sunny Isles Beach, FL 15.0%
70 St. Petersburg, FL 15.0%
71 Palm Beach Gardens, FL 14.9%
72 Oakland Park, FL 14.9%
73 Quincy, FL 14.9%
74 Cocoa, FL 14.8%
75 Clearwater, FL 14.8%
76 Fort Lauderdale, FL 14.8%
77 Avon Park, FL 14.7%
78 St. Augustine, FL 14.7%
79 Margate, FL 14.7%
80 Deltona, FL 14.6%
81 Lake Worth, FL 14.4%
82 Fort Pierce, FL 14.4%
83 Wilton Manors, FL 14.4%
84 Fruitland Park, FL 14.4%
85 Palm Bay, FL 14.3%
86 Dade City, FL 14.3%
87 Longwood, FL 14.2%
88 Lauderhill, FL 14.2%
89 Sebring, FL 14.2%
90 Port Orange, FL 14.2%
91 Kenneth City, FL 14.1%
92 Cutler Bay, FL 13.9%
93 Miami, FL 13.9%
94 Miami Lakes, FL 13.9%
95 Cape Coral, FL 13.9%
96 Sunrise, FL 13.8%
97 Palm Springs, FL 13.8%
98 Plant City, FL 13.8%
99 Jacksonville, FL 13.8%
100 Orlando, FL 13.7%

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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