The 10 Cities In Kansas With The Highest Divorce Rates For 2021

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 2021. 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 139,711 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 2021.

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.

The 10 Cities In Kansas With The Highest Divorce Rates

  1. Tonganoxie
  2. Pratt (Photos)
  3. Chanute (Photos)
  4. Iola (Photos)
  5. Mulvane (Photos)
  6. Ottawa (Photos)
  7. Hutchinson (Photos)
  8. Abilene (Photos)
  9. Wellington (Photos)
  10. Topeka (Photos)

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 13.0% 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 2015-2019 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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Population: 5,359
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 557
Median Income: $72,469
More on Tonganoxie:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Pratt, KS

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Population: 6,703
Divorce Rate: 12.0%
Divorcees: 643
Median Income: $49,767
More on Pratt:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Chanute, KS

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Population: 9,102
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 800
Median Income: $36,838
More on Chanute:  Cost Of Living

Iola, KS

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Population: 5,351
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 470
Median Income: $36,750
More on Iola:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Mulvane, KS

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Population: 6,045
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 483
Median Income: $69,042
More on Mulvane:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Ottawa, KS

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Population: 12,260
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 980
Median Income: $46,808
More on Ottawa:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Hutchinson, KS

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Population: 40,914
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 3,273
Median Income: $46,927
More on Hutchinson:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Abilene, KS

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Population: 6,362
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 508
Median Income: $50,183
More on Abilene:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Wellington, KS

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Population: 7,788
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 623
Median Income: $44,596
More on Wellington:  Cost Of Living

Topeka, KS

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Population: 126,397
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 9,100
Median Income: $47,999
More on Topeka:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

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 2015-2019 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 61 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 13.0%
2 Pratt, KS 12.0%
3 Chanute, KS 11.0%
4 Iola, KS 11.0%
5 Mulvane, KS 10.0%
6 Ottawa, KS 10.0%
7 Hutchinson, KS 10.0%
8 Abilene, KS 10.0%
9 Wellington, KS 10.0%
10 Topeka, KS 9.0%
11 Parsons, KS 9.0%
12 Atchison, KS 9.0%
13 Arkansas City, KS 9.0%
14 Independence, KS 9.0%
15 El Dorado, KS 9.0%
16 Great Bend, KS 9.0%
17 Paola, KS 8.0%
18 Salina, KS 8.0%
19 Winfield, KS 8.0%
20 Fort Scott, KS 8.0%
21 Coffeyville, KS 8.0%
22 Basehor, KS 8.0%
23 Wichita, KS 7.0%
24 Bonner Springs, KS 7.0%
25 Leavenworth, KS 7.0%
26 Augusta, KS 7.0%
27 Concordia, KS 7.0%
28 Emporia, KS 7.0%
29 Haysville, KS 7.0%
30 Hays, KS 7.0%
31 Kansas City, KS 6.0%
32 Lansing, KS 6.0%
33 Colby, KS 6.0%
34 Pittsburg, KS 6.0%
35 Andover, KS 6.0%
36 Merriam, KS 6.0%
37 Park City, KS 6.0%
38 Gardner, KS 6.0%
39 Newton, KS 6.0%
40 Valley Center, KS 6.0%
41 De Soto, KS 6.0%
42 Spring Hill, KS 5.0%
43 Bel Aire, KS 5.0%
44 Garden City, KS 5.0%
45 Eudora, KS 5.0%
46 Mcpherson, KS 5.0%
47 Derby, KS 5.0%
48 Shawnee, KS 4.0%
49 Dodge City, KS 4.0%
50 Lawrence, KS 4.0%
51 Liberal, KS 4.0%
52 Lenexa, KS 3.0%
53 Overland Park, KS 3.0%
54 Junction City, KS 3.0%
55 Ulysses, KS 3.0%
56 Manhattan, KS 3.0%
57 Mission, KS 3.0%
58 Olathe, KS 3.0%
59 Roeland Park, KS 2.0%
60 Prairie Village, KS 2.0%
61 Leawood, KS 1.0%

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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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