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

We analyzed over 61 places in Kansas 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 Kansas 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 139,805 people living in Kansas 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 Sunflower 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 Kansas 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 Kansas 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 KS.

What is the city in Kansas with the highest divorce rate? That would be Tonganoxie, with 14.0% of people over 15 years of age being divorced, per the most recent census data.

What is the overall Kansas divorce rate? According to the 2016-2020 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Kansas is 6.0%, which compares to the US divorce rate of 10.9%.

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

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Tonganoxie, KS

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Population: 5,357
Divorce Rate: 14.0%
Divorcees: 599
Median Income: $75,417
More on Tonganoxie:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Pratt, KS

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Population: 6,595
Divorce Rate: 14.0%
Divorcees: 738
Median Income: $52,243
More on Pratt:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

El Dorado, KS

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Population: 12,976
Divorce Rate: 12.0%
Divorcees: 1,245
Median Income: $41,467
More on El Dorado:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Hutchinson, KS

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Population: 40,669
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 3,578
Median Income: $48,889
More on Hutchinson:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Ottawa, KS

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Population: 12,308
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 1,083
Median Income: $47,233
More on Ottawa:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Abilene, KS

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Population: 6,258
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 500
Median Income: $47,829
More on Abilene:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Wellington, KS

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Population: 7,716
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 617
Median Income: $48,279
More on Wellington:  Cost Of Living

Arkansas City, KS

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Population: 11,767
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 941
Median Income: $46,331
More on Arkansas City:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Topeka, KS

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Population: 125,819
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 10,065
Median Income: $49,647
More on Topeka:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Independence, KS

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Population: 8,595
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 618
Median Income: $38,963
More on Independence:  Cost Of Living

How We Determined The Places In Kansas 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 62 places in Kansas 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 Kansas the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, Tonganoxie.

And if you're trying to avoid divorce, check out Leawood, the city with the lowest divorce rate in Kansas.

Getting Some Closure In Kansas After Untying The Know

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

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Tonganoxie, KS 14.0%
2 Pratt, KS 14.0%
3 El Dorado, KS 12.0%
4 Hutchinson, KS 11.0%
5 Ottawa, KS 11.0%
6 Abilene, KS 10.0%
7 Wellington, KS 10.0%
8 Arkansas City, KS 10.0%
9 Topeka, KS 10.0%
10 Independence, KS 9.0%
11 Iola, KS 9.0%
12 Maize, KS 9.0%
13 Great Bend, KS 9.0%
14 Concordia, KS 9.0%
15 Chanute, KS 9.0%
16 Salina, KS 9.0%
17 Merriam, KS 8.0%
18 Haysville, KS 8.0%
19 Parsons, KS 8.0%
20 Mulvane, KS 8.0%
21 Newton, KS 8.0%
22 Winfield, KS 8.0%
23 Coffeyville, KS 8.0%
24 Colby, KS 7.0%
25 Fort Scott, KS 7.0%
26 Emporia, KS 7.0%
27 Atchison, KS 7.0%
28 Wichita, KS 7.0%
29 Park City, KS 7.0%
30 Andover, KS 6.0%
31 Valley Center, KS 6.0%
32 Augusta, KS 6.0%
33 Basehor, KS 6.0%
34 Pittsburg, KS 6.0%
35 Mcpherson, KS 6.0%
36 Hays, KS 6.0%
37 Eudora, KS 6.0%
38 Kansas City, KS 6.0%
39 Leavenworth, KS 5.0%
40 Derby, KS 5.0%
41 De Soto, KS 5.0%
42 Gardner, KS 5.0%
43 Paola, KS 5.0%
44 Lansing, KS 5.0%
45 Bonner Springs, KS 5.0%
46 Garden City, KS 4.0%
47 Junction City, KS 4.0%
48 Spring Hill, KS 4.0%
49 Lawrence, KS 4.0%
50 Liberal, KS 4.0%
51 Dodge City, KS 4.0%
52 Bel Aire, KS 3.0%
53 Shawnee, KS 3.0%
54 Overland Park, KS 3.0%
55 Lenexa, KS 3.0%
56 Olathe, KS 3.0%
57 Ulysses, KS 3.0%
58 Mission, KS 3.0%
59 Manhattan, KS 3.0%
60 Prairie Village, KS 2.0%
61 Roeland Park, KS 1.0%
62 Leawood, KS 1.0%

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About Chris Kolmar

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