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

We analyzed over 332 places in Illinois 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 997,511 people living in Illinois 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 Prairie 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 Illinois 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 Illinois 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 IL.

What is the city in Illinois with the highest divorce rate? That would be East Alton, with 21.5% of people over 15 years of age being divorced, per the most recent census data.

What is the overall Illinois divorce rate? According to the 2013-2017 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Illinois is 9.700000000000001%, which compares to the US divorce rate of 10.9%.

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

For more Illinois reading, check out:

How We Determined The Places In Illinois 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 332 places in Illinois 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 Illinois the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, East Alton.

And if you’re trying to avoid divorce, check out Hawthorn Woods, the city with the lowest divorce rate in Illinois.

Now on to a deeper look at the top ten.

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Population: 6,158
Divorce Rate: 21.5%
Divorcees: 1,191
Median Income: $46,161
More on East Alton: Data

East Alton is a village in Madison County, Illinois, United States. The population was 6,301 at the 2010 census.

Harrisburg, IL

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Population: 9,344
Divorce Rate: 21.1%
Divorcees: 1,774
Median Income: $35,609
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Litchfield, IL

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Population: 6,951
Divorce Rate: 19.3%
Divorcees: 1,207
Median Income: $43,045
More on Litchfield: PhotosData

Litchfield is a city in Montgomery County, Illinois, United States. The population was 6,939 at the 2010 census, and 6,588 in 2009 and 7,012 in 2015. It is located in south central Illinois, south of Springfield and northeast of Metro-East.

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Population: 6,000
Divorce Rate: 19.0%
Divorcees: 1,026
Median Income: $52,892
More on Countryside: Data

Countryside is a city in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 5,895 at the 2010 census.

West Frankfort, IL

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Population: 7,867
Divorce Rate: 18.4%
Divorcees: 1,302
Median Income: $26,993
More on West Frankfort: PhotosData

West Frankfort is a city in Franklin County, Illinois, United States. The population was 8,182 at the 2010 census. The city is part of the Metro Lakeland area.

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Population: 5,972
Divorce Rate: 18.3%
Divorcees: 983
Median Income: $45,932
More on Peoria Heights: Data

Mount Vernon, IL

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Population: 14,723
Divorce Rate: 18.1%
Divorcees: 2,398
Median Income: $37,358
More on Mount Vernon: PhotosData

Mount Vernon known as “The King City” is a city in and the county seat of Jefferson County, Illinois, United States. The population was 15,277 at the 2010 census.

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Population: 10,762
Divorce Rate: 18.0%
Divorcees: 1,743
Median Income: $57,702
More on Fox Lake: PhotosData

Fox Lake is a village in Grant and Antioch townships in Lake County, Illinois and Burton Township, McHenry County, Illinois, United States. The population was 10,579 at the 2010 census.

Mattoon, IL

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Population: 17,370
Divorce Rate: 17.8%
Divorcees: 2,782
Median Income: $38,373
More on Mattoon: PhotosData

Mattoon is a city in Coles County, Illinois, United States. The population was 18,555 as of the 2010 census.

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Population: 5,359
Divorce Rate: 17.7%
Divorcees: 853
Median Income: $36,173
More on Watseka: Data

Watseka is a city in and the county seat of Iroquois County, Illinois, United States. It is located approximately 15 miles west of the Illinois-Indiana state line on U.S. Route 24.

Getting Some Closure In Illinois After Untying The Know

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

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

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 East Alton, IL 21.5%
2 Harrisburg, IL 21.1%
3 Litchfield, IL 19.3%
4 Countryside, IL 19.0%
5 West Frankfort, IL 18.4%
6 Peoria Heights, IL 18.3%
7 Mount Vernon, IL 18.1%
8 Fox Lake, IL 18.0%
9 Mattoon, IL 17.8%
10 Watseka, IL 17.7%
11 Creve Coeur, IL 17.7%
12 Canton, IL 17.6%
13 Broadview, IL 17.0%
14 Olney, IL 17.0%
15 Vandalia, IL 16.9%
16 Centreville, IL 16.8%
17 Taylorville, IL 16.5%
18 Milan, IL 16.4%
19 Pontiac, IL 16.3%
20 Island Lake, IL 16.3%
21 Herrin, IL 16.2%
22 Lasalle, IL 16.2%
23 Robinson, IL 16.0%
24 Bartonville, IL 16.0%
25 Du Quoin, IL 15.9%
26 Rock Falls, IL 15.8%
27 Park Forest, IL 15.8%
28 Murphysboro, IL 15.4%
29 Wood River, IL 15.3%
30 Alton, IL 15.3%
31 Belleville, IL 15.3%
32 Centralia, IL 15.2%
33 Hillsboro, IL 15.1%
34 Sterling, IL 15.1%
35 Jacksonville, IL 15.1%
36 Pontoon Beach, IL 15.1%
37 Dixon, IL 15.1%
38 Decatur, IL 15.0%
39 Clinton, IL 14.9%
40 Danville, IL 14.9%
41 Jerseyville, IL 14.9%
42 Granite City, IL 14.8%
43 Galesburg, IL 14.8%
44 Carlinville, IL 14.7%
45 Bethalto, IL 14.7%
46 Pana, IL 14.6%
47 Silvis, IL 14.5%
48 Woodstock, IL 14.4%
49 East St. Louis, IL 14.4%
50 Marion, IL 14.4%
51 Pekin, IL 14.4%
52 Lincoln, IL 14.3%
53 Mount Carmel, IL 14.3%
54 Springfield, IL 14.3%
55 Streator, IL 14.3%
56 Morris, IL 14.3%
57 Braidwood, IL 14.2%
58 Freeport, IL 14.2%
59 Effingham, IL 14.1%
60 Paris, IL 14.1%
61 Calumet Park, IL 14.1%
62 Forest Park, IL 14.0%
63 Marengo, IL 14.0%
64 Worth, IL 13.9%
65 Stickney, IL 13.9%
66 Marseilles, IL 13.7%
67 Metropolis, IL 13.7%
68 Belvidere, IL 13.7%
69 Sandwich, IL 13.7%
70 East Peoria, IL 13.7%
71 Riverdale, IL 13.7%
72 Richton Park, IL 13.7%
73 Princeton, IL 13.7%
74 Salem, IL 13.7%
75 Rockford, IL 13.6%
76 Moline, IL 13.5%
77 Monticello, IL 13.5%
78 Wilmington, IL 13.4%
79 Collinsville, IL 13.3%
80 Loves Park, IL 13.3%
81 Chillicothe, IL 13.1%
82 Chester, IL 13.1%
83 Cahokia, IL 13.1%
84 Steger, IL 12.8%
85 Mount Zion, IL 12.8%
86 Sycamore, IL 12.7%
87 Chatham, IL 12.6%
88 East Moline, IL 12.6%
89 Palos Hills, IL 12.6%
90 Lake Barrington, IL 12.6%
91 Rock Island, IL 12.5%
92 Quincy, IL 12.5%
93 Greenville, IL 12.5%
94 Mascoutah, IL 12.5%
95 Rochelle, IL 12.4%
96 Ottawa, IL 12.3%
97 Hazel Crest, IL 12.2%
98 Crete, IL 12.1%
99 Beardstown, IL 12.1%
100 Bradley, IL 12.1%

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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