Cities In Georgia With The Highest Divorce Rates For 2020

We analyzed over 125 places in Georgia 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 411,899 people living in Georgia 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 Peach 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 Georgia 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 Georgia with highest rates of divorcees.

The 10 Cities In Georgia With The Highest Divorce Rates

  1. Hawkinsville
  2. Covington (Photos)
  3. Thomson (Photos)
  4. Byron (Photos)
  5. Sandersville
  6. Swainsboro (Photos)
  7. Thomaston (Photos)
  8. Dublin (Photos)
  9. Sylvester (Photos)
  10. Eastman (Photos)

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

What is the city in Georgia with the highest divorce rate? That would be Hawkinsville, with 16.0% of people over 15 years of age being divorced, per the most recent census data.

What is the overall Georgia divorce rate? According to the 2014-2018 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Georgia is 5.0%, which compares to the US divorce rate of 10.9%.

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

For more Georgia reading, check out:

How We Determined The Places In Georgia 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 127 places in Georgia 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 Georgia the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, Hawkinsville.

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

Now on to a deeper look at the top ten.

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Population: 5,310
Divorce Rate: 16.0%
Divorcees: 679
Median Income: $29,919
More on Hawkinsville: Data

Hawkinsville is a city in and the county seat of Pulaski County, Georgia, United States. The population was 4,589 at the 2010 census.

Covington, GA

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Population: 13,844
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 1,439
Median Income: $37,270
More on Covington: PhotosData

Covington is a city and the county seat of Newton County, Georgia, located 35 miles east of Atlanta. As of 2012, its population was 13,347.

Thomson, GA

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Population: 6,603
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 686
Median Income: $22,157
More on Thomson: PhotosData

Thomson, originally called Slashes is a city in McDuffie County, Georgia, United States. The population was 6,778 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of McDuffie County. Thomson’s nickname is “The Camellia City of the South”, in honor of the thousands of camellia plants throughout the city. Thomson was founded in 1837 as a depot on the Georgia Railroad. It was renamed in 1853 for railroad official John Edgar Thomson and incorporated February 15, 1854 as a town and in 1870 as a city. It is part of the Augusta – Richmond County Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Byron, GA

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Population: 5,108
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 531
Median Income: $41,901
More on Byron: PhotosData

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Population: 5,616
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 584
Median Income: $30,743
More on Sandersville: Data

The city of Sandersville is the county seat of Washington County, Georgia, United States. The population was 5,912 at the 2010 census. It is also a part of the Central Savannah River Area.

Swainsboro, GA

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Population: 7,347
Divorce Rate: 12.0%
Divorcees: 705
Median Income: $26,604
More on Swainsboro: PhotosData

Swainsboro is a city in Emanuel County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 7,277. The city is the county seat of Emanuel County.

Thomaston, GA

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Population: 8,802
Divorce Rate: 12.0%
Divorcees: 844
Median Income: $26,899
More on Thomaston: PhotosData

Thomaston is a city in and the county seat of Upson County, Georgia, United States. The population was 9,638 at the 2006 census. It is the principal city of and is included in the Thomaston, Georgia Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Atlanta – Sandy Springs – Gainesville – Alabama Combined Statistical Area.

Dublin, GA

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Population: 15,869
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 1,396
Median Income: $31,583
More on Dublin: PhotosData

Dublin is a city in Laurens County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 16,201. The city is the county seat of Laurens County.

Sylvester, GA

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Population: 5,926
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 521
Median Income: $34,342
More on Sylvester: PhotosData

Sylvester is the county seat of Worth County, Georgia, United States. The population was 5,990 at the 2000 census. The city is the county seat and business center of Worth County and is claimed to be the Peanut Capital of the World due to its peanut production.

Eastman, GA

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Population: 5,209
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 458
Median Income: $33,216
More on Eastman: PhotosData

Eastman is a city in Dodge County, Georgia, United States. The population was 4,962 at the 2010 census. Named after one of the founders who contributed a site and paid for the county courthouse, the city was established in 1871, and is the county seat of Dodge County.

Getting Some Closure In Georgia After Untying The Know

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

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Hawkinsville, GA 16.0%
2 Covington, GA 13.0%
3 Thomson, GA 13.0%
4 Byron, GA 13.0%
5 Sandersville, GA 13.0%
6 Swainsboro, GA 12.0%
7 Thomaston, GA 12.0%
8 Dublin, GA 11.0%
9 Sylvester, GA 11.0%
10 Eastman, GA 11.0%
11 Waycross, GA 11.0%
12 Cedartown, GA 11.0%
13 Commerce, GA 11.0%
14 Griffin, GA 11.0%
15 Hapeville, GA 11.0%
16 Monroe, GA 11.0%
17 Eatonton, GA 11.0%
18 Garden City, GA 10.0%
19 Locust Grove, GA 10.0%
20 Moultrie, GA 10.0%
21 Palmetto, GA 10.0%
22 Fitzgerald, GA 10.0%
23 Port Wentworth, GA 10.0%
24 Brunswick, GA 10.0%
25 Vidalia, GA 9.0%
26 Perry, GA 9.0%
27 Winder, GA 9.0%
28 Toccoa, GA 9.0%
29 Bainbridge, GA 9.0%
30 Adel, GA 9.0%
31 Americus, GA 9.0%
32 Douglas, GA 9.0%
33 Albany, GA 9.0%
34 Thomasville, GA 8.0%
35 Lafayette, GA 8.0%
36 Rome, GA 8.0%
37 Cartersville, GA 8.0%
38 Dacula, GA 8.0%
39 Union City, GA 8.0%
40 Cairo, GA 8.0%
41 Cordele, GA 8.0%
42 Augusta-Richmond County Consolidated Government (Balance), GA 7.0%
43 Columbus, GA 7.0%
44 Jesup, GA 7.0%
45 Conyers, GA 7.0%
46 Lagrange, GA 7.0%
47 Savannah, GA 7.0%
48 Calhoun, GA 7.0%
49 Milledgeville, GA 7.0%
50 Cumming, GA 7.0%
51 Tifton, GA 7.0%
52 Glennville, GA 7.0%
53 Austell, GA 7.0%
54 Jefferson, GA 6.0%
55 Waynesboro, GA 6.0%
56 Hampton, GA 6.0%
57 Riverdale, GA 6.0%
58 Mcdonough, GA 6.0%
59 Carrollton, GA 6.0%
60 Fort Valley, GA 6.0%
61 Valdosta, GA 6.0%
62 Dallas, GA 6.0%
63 Warner Robins, GA 6.0%
64 Bremen, GA 6.0%
65 Barnesville, GA 6.0%
66 Fairburn, GA 6.0%
67 East Point, GA 6.0%
68 Fort Oglethorpe, GA 6.0%
69 Flowery Branch, GA 6.0%
70 Fayetteville, GA 5.0%
71 Grovetown, GA 5.0%
72 Villa Rica, GA 5.0%
73 Rincon, GA 5.0%
74 Newnan, GA 5.0%
75 Dalton, GA 5.0%
76 Gainesville, GA 5.0%
77 Forest Park, GA 5.0%
78 Lovejoy, GA 5.0%
79 Buford, GA 5.0%
80 Douglasville, GA 5.0%
81 Richmond Hill, GA 4.0%
82 Decatur, GA 4.0%
83 Auburn, GA 4.0%
84 Smyrna, GA 4.0%
85 Atlanta, GA 4.0%
86 Stone Mountain, GA 4.0%
87 Statesboro, GA 4.0%
88 Pooler, GA 4.0%
89 Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (Balance), GA 4.0%
90 Snellville, GA 3.0%
91 St. Marys, GA 3.0%
92 Powder Springs, GA 3.0%
93 Stockbridge, GA 3.0%
94 Acworth, GA 3.0%
95 Hinesville, GA 3.0%
96 Cusseta-Chattahoochee County Unified Government, GA 3.0%
97 College Park, GA 3.0%
98 Holly Springs, GA 3.0%
99 Kennesaw, GA 3.0%
100 Kingsland, GA 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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