Cities In Maryland With The Highest Divorce Rates For 2020

We analyzed over 41 places in Maryland 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 192,109 people living in Maryland over fifteen years of age who are divorced. Or compare that to the 28,339,199 dAmericans who are already divorced in 2020.

A lot of people make the decision to run away – or simply split up – across the Old Line 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 Maryland 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 Maryland with highest rates of divorcees.

The 10 Cities In Maryland With The Highest Divorce Rates

  1. Cumberland (Photos)
  2. Bel Air (Photos)
  3. Cambridge (Photos)
  4. Cheste
  5. Hampstead (Photos)
  6. Hagerstown (Photos)
  7. Baltimore (Photos)
  8. Ocean City (Photos)
  9. Brunswick (Photos)
  10. Easton (Photos)

Let’s quickly recap before we dive into the methodology and a closer look at the top ten places in MD.

What is the city in Maryland with the highest divorce rate? That would be Cumberland, with 11.0% of people over 15 years of age being divorced, per the most recent census data.

What is the overall Maryland divorce rate? According to the 2014-2018 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Maryland is 4.0%, which compares to the US divorce rate of 10.9%.

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

For more Maryland reading, check out:

How We Determined The Places In Maryland 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 2014-2018 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 41 places in Maryland 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 Maryland the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, Cumberland.

And if you’re trying to avoid divorce, check out Riverdale Park, the city with the lowest divorce rate in Maryland.

Now on to a deeper look at the top ten.

Cumberland, MD

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Population: 19,845
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 1,746
Median Income: $34,750
More on Cumberland: PhotosData

Cumberland Maryland, officially the City of Cumberland, is a western gateway city and seat of Allegany County, Maryland, United States and the primary city of the Cumberland, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area. At the 2010 census, the city had a population of 20,859, and the metropolitan area had a population of 103,299. Cumberland is a regional business and commercial center for Western and the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia. Cumberland is commonly referred to as “Where The South Begins,” as official United States Census Bureau records place it below the Mason-Dixon line.

Bel Air, MD

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Population: 10,068
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 805
Median Income: $71,082
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The town of Bel Air is the county seat of Harford County, Maryland. According to the 2010 United States Census the population of the town was 10,120.

Cambridge, MD

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Population: 12,401
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 892
Median Income: $39,007
More on Cambridge: PhotosData

Cambridge is a city in Dorchester County, Maryland, United States. The population was 12,326 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Dorchester County and the county’s largest municipality. Cambridge is the fourth most populous city in Maryland’s Eastern Shore region, after Salisbury, Elkton and Easton.

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Population: 5,113
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 368
Median Income: $39,679
More on Cheste: Data

Hampstead, MD

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Population: 6,340
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 456
Median Income: $75,286
More on Hampstead: PhotosData

Hampstead is a town in Carroll County in the U.S. state of Maryland. The population was 6,323 at the 2010 census.

Hagerstown, MD

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Population: 40,186
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 2,571
Median Income: $40,531
More on Hagerstown: PhotosData

Hagerstown is a city in Washington County, Maryland, United States. It is the county seat of Washington County. The population of Hagerstown city proper at the 2010 census was 39,662, and the population of the Hagerstown-Martinsburg Metropolitan Area was 269,140. Hagerstown ranks as Maryland’s sixth largest incorporated city.

Baltimore, MD

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Population: 614,700
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 34,423
Median Income: $48,840
More on Baltimore: PhotosData

Baltimore is the largest city in the U.S. state of Maryland, and the 30th-most populous city in the United States.

Ocean City, MD

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Population: 6,990
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 391
Median Income: $54,667
More on Ocean City: PhotosData

Ocean City Maryland, officially the Town of Ocean City, is an Atlantic resort town in Worcester County, Maryland. Ocean City is widely known in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States and is a frequent destination for vacationers in that area. The population was 7,102 at the 2010 U.S. Census, although during summer weekends the city hosts between 320,000 and 345,000 vacationers, and up to 8 million visitors annually. During the summer, Ocean City becomes the second most populated municipality in Maryland, after Baltimore. It is part of the Salisbury metropolitan area.

Brunswick, MD

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Population: 6,193
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 346
Median Income: $76,708
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Brunswick is a city in Frederick County, Maryland, United States at the Maryland/Virginia border. The population was 5,870 at the 2010 census.

Easton, MD

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Population: 16,551
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 926
Median Income: $55,619
More on Easton: PhotosData

Easton, Maryland is an incorporated town and the county seat of Talbot County, Maryland, United States. The population was 15,945 at the 2010 census, with an estimated population in 2015 of 16,617. The primary ZIPCode is 21601, and the secondary is 21606. The primary phone exchange is 822, the auxiliary exchanges are 820, 763, and 770, and the area code is 410.

Getting Some Closure In Maryland After Untying The Know

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

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

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Cumberland, MD 11.0%
2 Bel Air, MD 10.0%
3 Cambridge, MD 9.0%
4 Cheste, MD 9.0%
5 Hampstead, MD 9.0%
6 Hagerstown, MD 8.0%
7 Baltimore, MD 7.0%
8 Ocean City, MD 7.0%
9 Brunswick, MD 7.0%
10 Easton, MD 7.0%
11 Aberdeen, MD 6.0%
12 Taneytown, MD 6.0%
13 Salisbury, MD 6.0%
14 La Plata, MD 6.0%
15 Frostburg, MD 6.0%
16 Westminster, MD 6.0%
17 Elkton, MD 6.0%
18 Mount Airy, MD 5.0%
19 Thurmont, MD 5.0%
20 Havre De Grace, MD 5.0%
21 Annapolis, MD 4.0%
22 Frederick, MD 4.0%
23 Glenarden, MD 3.0%
24 Walkersville, MD 3.0%
25 Fruitland, MD 3.0%
26 District Heights, MD 2.0%
27 Laurel, MD 2.0%
28 Bowie, MD 2.0%
29 Chesapeake Beach, MD 2.0%
30 Gaithersburg, MD 1.0%
31 New Carrollton, MD 1.0%
32 Greenbelt, MD 1.0%
33 Poolesville, MD 1.0%
34 Rockville, MD 1.0%
35 Bladensburg, MD 1.0%
36 Takoma Park, MD 1.0%
37 Hyattsville, MD 1.0%
38 Cheverly, MD 1.0%
39 College Park, MD 1.0%
40 Mount Rainier, MD 0.0%
41 Riverdale Park, MD 0.0%

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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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