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

We analyzed over 53 places in Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts 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 274,022 people living in Massachusetts 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 Bay 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 Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts 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 MA.

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

What is the overall Massachusetts divorce rate? According to the 2015-2019 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Massachusetts is 5.0%, which compares to the US divorce rate of 10.9%.

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

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Palmer Town, MA

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Population: 12,237
Divorce Rate: 16.0%
Divorcees: 1,566
Median Income: $64,651
More on Palmer Town:  Cost Of Living

North Adams, MA

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Population: 12,959
Divorce Rate: 12.0%
Divorcees: 1,244
Median Income: $41,471
More on North Adams:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Gardner, MA

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Population: 20,610
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 1,648
Median Income: $49,679
More on Gardner:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Southbridge Town, MA

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Population: 16,887
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 1,350
Median Income: $51,270
More on Southbridge Town:  Cost Of Living

Taunton, MA

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Population: 57,124
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 4,112
Median Income: $62,865
More on Taunton:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Pittsfield, MA

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Population: 42,766
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 3,079
Median Income: $51,411
More on Pittsfield:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Newburyport, MA

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Population: 18,077
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 1,301
Median Income: $109,839
More on Newburyport:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Greenfield Town, MA

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Population: 17,375
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 1,251
Median Income: $50,478
More on Greenfield Town:  Cost Of Living

Chicopee, MA

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Population: 55,421
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 3,990
Median Income: $53,225
More on Chicopee:  Cost Of Living

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Population: 15,960
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 1,149
Median Income: $63,507
More on Easthampton Town:  Cost Of Living

How We Determined The Places In Massachusetts 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 53 places in Massachusetts with a population of over 12,000.

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 Massachusetts the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, Palmer Town.

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

Getting Some Closure In Massachusetts After Untying The Know

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

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Palmer Town, MA 16.0%
2 North Adams, MA 12.0%
3 Gardner, MA 10.0%
4 Southbridge Town, MA 10.0%
5 Taunton, MA 9.0%
6 Pittsfield, MA 9.0%
7 Newburyport, MA 9.0%
8 Greenfield Town, MA 9.0%
9 Chicopee, MA 9.0%
10 Easthampton Town, MA 9.0%
11 Gloucester, MA 8.0%
12 Fall River, MA 8.0%
13 Agawam Town, MA 8.0%
14 Leominster, MA 8.0%
15 Weymouth Town, MA 8.0%
16 Winthrop Town, MA 8.0%
17 Amesbury Town, MA 8.0%
18 West Springfield Town, MA 8.0%
19 Haverhill, MA 8.0%
20 Peabody, MA 7.0%
21 Fitchburg, MA 7.0%
22 Westfield, MA 7.0%
23 Beverly, MA 7.0%
24 Barnstable Town, MA 7.0%
25 Attleboro, MA 7.0%
26 New Bedford, MA 7.0%
27 Salem, MA 6.0%
28 Northampton, MA 6.0%
29 Revere, MA 6.0%
30 Marlborough, MA 6.0%
31 Worcester, MA 6.0%
32 Braintree Town, MA 6.0%
33 Woburn, MA 6.0%
34 Franklin Town, MA 6.0%
35 Brockton, MA 5.0%
36 Springfield, MA 5.0%
37 Methuen Town, MA 5.0%
38 Quincy, MA 5.0%
39 Melrose, MA 5.0%
40 Lynn, MA 5.0%
41 Holyoke, MA 4.0%
42 Lowell, MA 4.0%
43 Everett, MA 4.0%
44 Malden, MA 4.0%
45 Waltham, MA 4.0%
46 Watertown Town, MA 4.0%
47 Chelsea, MA 3.0%
48 Medford, MA 3.0%
49 Cambridge, MA 2.0%
50 Newton, MA 2.0%
51 Boston, MA 2.0%
52 Lawrence, MA 2.0%
53 Somerville, MA 2.0%

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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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