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


We analyzed over 63 places in Louisiana 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.

Far.

Away.

But, don’t just take my word for it, take the word of the some 443,961 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 2019.

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.

The 10 Cities In Louisiana With The Highest Divorce Rates

  1. Denham Springs (Photos)
  2. Westwego (Photos)
  3. Bogalusa (Photos)
  4. Abbeville (Photos)
  5. Baker
  6. Oakdale (Photos)
  7. Springhill (Photos)
  8. Leesville (Photos)
  9. Slidell (Photos)
  10. Gretna (Photos)

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 Denham Springs, with 19.5% 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 2013-2017 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Louisiana is 11.899999999999999%, 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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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 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 63 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, Denham Springs.

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

Now on to a deeper look at the top ten.

Denham Springs, LA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,066
Divorce Rate: 19.5%
Divorcees: 1,766
Median Income: $52,649
More on Denham Springs: PhotosData

Denham Springs is a city in Livingston Parish, Louisiana, United States. The 2010 census placed the population at 10,215, up from 8,757 at the 2000 census. The city is the largest area of commercial and residential development in Livingston Parish. As of the 2010 census, Denham Springs and Walker are the only parish municipalities classified as cities.

Westwego, LA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 8,557
Divorce Rate: 18.5%
Divorcees: 1,424
Median Income: $32,318
More on Westwego: PhotosData

Westwego is a city in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States, and a suburb of New Orleans. The population was 8,534 at the 2010 census. It lies along the west bank of the Mississippi River.

Bogalusa, LA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 11,852
Divorce Rate: 17.2%
Divorcees: 1,834
Median Income: $24,600
More on Bogalusa: PhotosData

Bogalusa is a city in Washington Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 12,232 at the 2010 census. It is the principal city of the Bogalusa Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Washington Parish and is also part of the larger New Orleans-Metairie-Bogalusa Combined Statistical Area.

Abbeville, LA

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 12,350
Divorce Rate: 16.6%
Divorcees: 1,845
Median Income: $34,137
More on Abbeville: PhotosData

Abbeville is a city in and the parish seat of Vermilion Parish, Louisiana, United States, 150 miles west of New Orleans and 60 miles southwest of Baton Rouge. The population was 12,257 at the 2010 census.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,694
Divorce Rate: 16.3%
Divorcees: 2,008
Median Income: $44,509
More on Baker: Data

Baker is a small city in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States, and a part of the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is the fourth-largest city in East Baton Rouge Parish. The population was 13,895 as of the 2010 census, an increase of 102 persons from the 2000 tabulation of 13,793.

Oakdale, LA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 7,669
Divorce Rate: 15.9%
Divorcees: 1,097
Median Income: $25,893
More on Oakdale: PhotosData

Springhill, LA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 5,054
Divorce Rate: 15.7%
Divorcees: 714
Median Income: $27,857
More on Springhill: PhotosData

Springhill is a city in northernmost Webster Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 5,279 at the 2010 census, a decrease of 160 since 2000. Springhill is part of the Minden Micropolitan Statistical Area though it is thirty miles north of Minden, the seat of government of Webster Parish. The Springhill population is 34 percent African American, compared to 25 percent minority in 2000.

Leesville, LA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 6,335
Divorce Rate: 15.7%
Divorcees: 895
Median Income: $34,668
More on Leesville: PhotosData

Slidell, LA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 27,755
Divorce Rate: 15.5%
Divorcees: 3,871
Median Income: $55,168
More on Slidell: PhotosData

Slidell is the largest city situated on the northeast shore of Lake Pontchartrain and St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 27,068 at the 2010 census. Greater Slidell has a population of about 90,000. It is part of the New OrleansMetairieKenner Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Gretna, LA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 17,888
Divorce Rate: 15.4%
Divorcees: 2,479
Median Income: $41,260
More on Gretna: PhotosData

Gretna is the second-largest city and parish seat of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States. Gretna is on the west bank of the Mississippi River, just east and across the river from uptown New Orleans. It is part of the New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 17,736 at the 2010 census.

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 Denham Springs, LA 19.5%
2 Westwego, LA 18.5%
3 Bogalusa, LA 17.2%
4 Abbeville, LA 16.6%
5 Baker, LA 16.3%
6 Oakdale, LA 15.9%
7 Springhill, LA 15.7%
8 Leesville, LA 15.7%
9 Slidell, LA 15.5%
10 Gretna, LA 15.4%
11 Broussard, LA 15.2%
12 Ponchatoula, LA 14.7%
13 Crowley, LA 14.7%
14 Alexandria, LA 14.7%
15 Jennings, LA 14.6%
16 Covington, LA 14.5%
17 Gonzales, LA 14.2%
18 Eunice, LA 14.1%
19 Plaquemine, LA 14.0%
20 Rayne, LA 13.8%
21 Houma, LA 13.7%
22 St. Martinville, LA 13.7%
23 Carencro, LA 13.4%
24 Ville Platte, LA 13.4%
25 Pineville, LA 13.3%
26 Scott, LA 13.3%
27 Lake Charles, LA 13.2%
28 Walker, LA 13.1%
29 St. Gabriel, LA 13.0%
30 Morgan City, LA 13.0%
31 Breaux Bridge, LA 13.0%
32 Shreveport, LA 13.0%
33 Sulphur, LA 12.9%
34 Minden, LA 12.9%
35 West Monroe, LA 12.7%
36 Harahan, LA 12.7%
37 Deridder, LA 12.7%
38 New Orleans, LA 12.5%
39 New Iberia, LA 12.4%
40 Port Allen, LA 12.4%
41 Mandeville, LA 12.0%
42 Kenner, LA 11.9%
43 Opelousas, LA 11.7%
44 Richwood, LA 11.7%
45 Tallulah, LA 11.6%
46 Central, LA 11.6%
47 Bossier City, LA 11.6%
48 Baton Rouge, LA 11.3%
49 Thibodaux, LA 11.0%
50 Lafayette, LA 11.0%
51 Monroe, LA 11.0%
52 Marksville, LA 10.9%
53 Franklin, LA 10.7%
54 Bastrop, LA 10.5%
55 Patterson, LA 10.2%
56 Jeanerette, LA 8.5%
57 Hammond, LA 8.1%
58 Zachary, LA 8.1%
59 Youngsville, LA 7.9%
60 Grambling, LA 6.8%
61 Donaldsonville, LA 6.2%
62 Natchitoches, LA 6.1%
63 Ruston, LA 5.6%

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