Cities In Hawaii With The Highest Divorce Rates For 2020

We analyzed over 50 places in Hawaii 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 45,504 people living in Hawaii 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 Aloha 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 Hawaii 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 Hawaii with highest rates of divorcees.

The 10 Cities In Hawaii With The Highest Divorce Rates

  1. Hilo (Photos)
  2. Nanakuli (Photos)
  3. Pukalani (Photos)
  4. Wailua Homesteads
  5. Wahiawa (Photos)
  6. Lihue (Photos)
  7. Makawao (Photos)
  8. Makaha (Photos)
  9. Aiea (Photos)
  10. Hanamaulu

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

What is the city in Hawaii with the highest divorce rate? That would be Hilo, with 8.0% of people over 15 years of age being divorced, per the most recent census data.

What is the overall Hawaii divorce rate? According to the 2014-2018 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Hawaii is 4.0%, which compares to the US divorce rate of 10.9%.

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

For more Hawaii reading, check out:

How We Determined The Places In Hawaii 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 56 places in Hawaii 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 Hawaii the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, Hilo.

And if you’re trying to avoid divorce, check out Kaneohe Station, the city with the lowest divorce rate in Hawaii.

Now on to a deeper look at the top ten.

Hilo, HI

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Population: 46,284
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 2,962
Median Income: $60,120
More on Hilo: PhotosData

Hilo is the largest settlement and census-designated place in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States, which encompasses the Island of Hawaii. The population was 43,263 at the 2010 census.

Nanakuli, HI

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Population: 11,742
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 657
Median Income: $64,229
More on Nanakuli: PhotosData

Pukalani, HI

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Population: 7,769
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 435
Median Income: $81,424
More on Pukalani: PhotosData

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Population: 5,900
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 330
Median Income: $86,024
More on Wailua Homesteads: Data

Wahiawa, HI

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Population: 17,422
Divorce Rate: 6.0%
Divorcees: 836
Median Income: $62,987
More on Wahiawa: PhotosData

Lihue, HI

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Population: 7,381
Divorce Rate: 6.0%
Divorcees: 354
Median Income: $72,179
More on Lihue: PhotosData

Lihue or Lhue is an unincorporated census-designated place and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Lihue is the second largest town on the Hawaiian island of Kauai after Kapaa. As of the 2010 Census, the CDP had a total population of 6,455.

Makawao, HI

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Population: 7,570
Divorce Rate: 6.0%
Divorcees: 363
Median Income: $79,352
More on Makawao: PhotosData

Makaha, HI

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Population: 8,740
Divorce Rate: 6.0%
Divorcees: 419
Median Income: $52,097
More on Makaha: PhotosData

Aiea, HI

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Population: 9,439
Divorce Rate: 6.0%
Divorcees: 453
Median Income: $106,556
More on Aiea: PhotosData

Aiea is a census-designated place located in the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii, United States. As of the 2010 Census, the CDP had a total population of 9,338.

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Population: 5,422
Divorce Rate: 5.0%
Divorcees: 216
Median Income: $60,563
More on Hanamaulu: Data

Getting Some Closure In Hawaii After Untying The Know

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

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

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Hilo, HI 8.0%
2 Nanakuli, HI 7.0%
3 Pukalani, HI 7.0%
4 Wailua Homesteads, HI 7.0%
5 Wahiawa, HI 6.0%
6 Lihue, HI 6.0%
7 Makawao, HI 6.0%
8 Makaha, HI 6.0%
9 Aiea, HI 6.0%
10 Hanamaulu, HI 5.0%
11 Makakilo, HI 5.0%
12 Waimanalo, HI 5.0%
13 Mililani Town, HI 5.0%
14 Kapolei, HI 5.0%
15 Waimalu, HI 5.0%
16 Wailuku, HI 5.0%
17 Kaneohe, HI 5.0%
18 Kailua Cdp (Honolulu County), HI 5.0%
19 Waipio, HI 5.0%
20 Kahului, HI 5.0%
21 Waianae, HI 5.0%
22 Ewa Villages, HI 5.0%
23 Waihee-Waiehu, HI 5.0%
24 Hawaiian Paradise Park, HI 5.0%
25 Maili, HI 5.0%
26 Waikele, HI 4.0%
27 Pearl City, HI 4.0%
28 Mililani Mauka, HI 4.0%
29 Urban Honolulu, HI 4.0%
30 Ahuimanu, HI 4.0%
31 Holualoa, HI 4.0%
32 Kula, HI 4.0%
33 East Honolulu, HI 4.0%
34 Ewa Beach, HI 4.0%
35 Halawa, HI 4.0%
36 Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County), HI 4.0%
37 Waipio Acres, HI 3.0%
38 Waipahu, HI 3.0%
39 Waimea Cdp (Hawaii County), HI 3.0%
40 Ewa Gentry, HI 3.0%
41 Lahaina, HI 3.0%
42 Ocean Pointe, HI 3.0%
43 Kapaa, HI 3.0%
44 Kalaheo, HI 3.0%
45 West Loch Estate, HI 3.0%
46 Royal Kunia, HI 2.0%
47 Wailea, HI 2.0%
48 Haiku-Pauwela, HI 2.0%
49 Kalaoa, HI 2.0%
50 Napili-Honokowai, HI 2.0%
51 Kihei, HI 2.0%
52 Laie, HI 1.0%
53 Waikoloa Village, HI 1.0%
54 Schofield Barracks, HI 0.0%
55 Hickam Housing, HI 0.0%
56 Kaneohe Station, HI 0.0%

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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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