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


We analyzed over 63 places in Louisiana 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 Louisiana 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.

Far.

Away.

But, don't just take my word for it, take the word of the some 335,834 people living in Louisiana 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 Pelican 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 Louisiana 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 Louisiana 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 LA.

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

What is the overall Louisiana divorce rate? According to the 2015-2019 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Louisiana is 9.0%, which compares to the US divorce rate of 10.9%.

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

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5
/10

Population: 6,261
Divorce Rate: 16.0%
Divorcees: 801
Median Income: $60,485
More on Walker:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

St. Martinville, LA

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4
/10

Population: 5,945
Divorce Rate: 15.0%
Divorcees: 713
Median Income: $25,520
More on St. Martinville:  Cost Of Living

Plaquemine, LA

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6
/10

Population: 6,680
Divorce Rate: 14.0%
Divorcees: 748
Median Income: $44,457
More on Plaquemine:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Jennings, LA

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4
/10

Population: 9,980
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 1,037
Median Income: $29,819
More on Jennings:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Broussard, LA

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6
/10

Population: 11,913
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 1,238
Median Income: $82,677
More on Broussard:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Gonzales, LA

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4
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Population: 10,789
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 1,122
Median Income: $52,923
More on Gonzales:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Ponchatoula, LA

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5
/10

Population: 7,195
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 748
Median Income: $41,184
More on Ponchatoula:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

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3
/10

Population: 5,432
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 564
Median Income: $25,653
More on Marksville:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Houma, LA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 33,334
Divorce Rate: 12.0%
Divorcees: 3,200
Median Income: $42,949
More on Houma:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Alexandria, LA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 47,012
Divorce Rate: 12.0%
Divorcees: 4,513
Median Income: $43,497
More on Alexandria:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

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

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

Getting Some Closure In Louisiana After Untying The Know

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

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Walker, LA 16.0%
2 St. Martinville, LA 15.0%
3 Plaquemine, LA 14.0%
4 Jennings, LA 13.0%
5 Broussard, LA 13.0%
6 Gonzales, LA 13.0%
7 Ponchatoula, LA 13.0%
8 Marksville, LA 13.0%
9 Houma, LA 12.0%
10 Alexandria, LA 12.0%
11 Baker, LA 12.0%
12 Ville Platte, LA 12.0%
13 St. Gabriel, LA 12.0%
14 Eunice, LA 12.0%
15 Scott, LA 12.0%
16 Opelousas, LA 11.0%
17 Abbeville, LA 11.0%
18 Covington, LA 11.0%
19 Carencro, LA 11.0%
20 Westwego, LA 11.0%
21 Crowley, LA 11.0%
22 Slidell, LA 10.0%
23 Sulphur, LA 10.0%
24 Pineville, LA 10.0%
25 West Monroe, LA 10.0%
26 New Iberia, LA 10.0%
27 Rayne, LA 10.0%
28 Lake Charles, LA 10.0%
29 Gretna, LA 10.0%
30 Jackson, LA 10.0%
31 Harahan, LA 9.0%
32 Bogalusa, LA 9.0%
33 Franklin, LA 9.0%
34 Patterson, LA 9.0%
35 Central, LA 9.0%
36 Oakdale, LA 9.0%
37 New Orleans, LA 9.0%
38 Denham Springs, LA 9.0%
39 Shreveport, LA 9.0%
40 Minden, LA 9.0%
41 Bastrop, LA 9.0%
42 Lafayette, LA 9.0%
43 Morgan City, LA 8.0%
44 Monroe, LA 8.0%
45 Mandeville, LA 8.0%
46 Breaux Bridge, LA 8.0%
47 Jeanerette, LA 8.0%
48 Thibodaux, LA 8.0%
49 Baton Rouge, LA 8.0%
50 Tallulah, LA 8.0%
51 Kenner, LA 7.0%
52 Bossier City, LA 7.0%
53 Leesville, LA 7.0%
54 Deridder, LA 7.0%
55 Hammond, LA 7.0%
56 Zachary, LA 6.0%
57 Donaldsonville, LA 6.0%
58 Youngsville, LA 6.0%
59 Natchitoches, LA 5.0%
60 Addis, LA 5.0%
61 Ruston, LA 4.0%
62 Grambling, LA 4.0%

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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.

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