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


We analyzed over 41 places in Maryland 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 Maryland 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 192,603 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 2021.

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.

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 13.0% 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 2015-2019 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.

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Cumberland, MD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 19,650
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 2,043
Median Income: $36,145
More on Cumberland:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Hampstead, MD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,362
Divorce Rate: 12.0%
Divorcees: 610
Median Income: $77,083
More on Hampstead:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Bel Air, MD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 10,071
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 805
Median Income: $71,122
More on Bel Air:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Cambridge, MD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,375
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 891
Median Income: $43,120
More on Cambridge:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Hagerstown, MD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 40,152
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 2,890
Median Income: $40,800
More on Hagerstown:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,088
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 325
Median Income: $47,703
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Frostburg, MD

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,591
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 549
Median Income: $42,699
More on Frostburg:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Westminster, MD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 18,552
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 1,038
Median Income: $60,518
More on Westminster:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Taneytown, MD

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 6,787
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 380
Median Income: $73,649
More on Taneytown:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Baltimore, MD

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 609,032
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 34,105
Median Income: $50,379
More on Baltimore:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

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 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 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 District Heights, the city with the lowest divorce rate in Maryland.

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.

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

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Cumberland, MD 13.0%
2 Hampstead, MD 12.0%
3 Bel Air, MD 10.0%
4 Cambridge, MD 9.0%
5 Hagerstown, MD 9.0%
6 Cheste, MD 8.0%
7 Frostburg, MD 8.0%
8 Westminster, MD 7.0%
9 Taneytown, MD 7.0%
10 Baltimore, MD 7.0%
11 Ocean City, MD 7.0%
12 Salisbury, MD 6.0%
13 La Plata, MD 6.0%
14 Elkton, MD 6.0%
15 Aberdeen, MD 6.0%
16 Easton, MD 6.0%
17 Brunswick, MD 6.0%
18 Thurmont, MD 5.0%
19 Havre De Grace, MD 5.0%
20 Frederick, MD 4.0%
21 Annapolis, MD 4.0%
22 Glenarden, MD 3.0%
23 Mount Airy, MD 3.0%
24 Walkersville, MD 3.0%
25 Bladensburg, MD 2.0%
26 Chesapeake Beach, MD 2.0%
27 Greenbelt, MD 2.0%
28 Fruitland, MD 2.0%
29 Bowie, MD 2.0%
30 Takoma Park, MD 1.0%
31 Rockville, MD 1.0%
32 Poolesville, MD 1.0%
33 Laurel, MD 1.0%
34 Mount Rainier, MD 1.0%
35 Hyattsville, MD 1.0%
36 Cheverly, MD 1.0%
37 Gaithersburg, MD 1.0%
38 College Park, MD 1.0%
39 New Carrollton, MD 1.0%
40 Riverdale Park, MD 0.0%
41 District Heights, 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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