Cities In Michigan With The Highest Divorce Rates For 2020

We analyzed over 149 places in Michigan 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 716,939 people living in Michigan 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 Wolverine 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 Michigan 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 Michigan with highest rates of divorcees.

The 10 Cities In Michigan With The Highest Divorce Rates

  1. Alpena (Photos)
  2. Walled Lake (Photos)
  3. Escanaba (Photos)
  4. Ishpeming (Photos)
  5. Lapeer (Photos)
  6. Charlotte (Photos)
  7. Dowagiac (Photos)
  8. Belding (Photos)
  9. Greenville (Photos)
  10. Milford (Photos)

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

What is the city in Michigan with the highest divorce rate? That would be Alpena, with 17.0% of people over 15 years of age being divorced, per the most recent census data.

What is the overall Michigan divorce rate? According to the 2014-2018 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Michigan 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 Michigan.

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How We Determined The Places In Michigan 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 148 places in Michigan 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 Michigan the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, Alpena.

And if you’re trying to avoid divorce, check out East Lansing, the city with the lowest divorce rate in Michigan.

Now on to a deeper look at the top ten.

Alpena, MI

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Population: 10,086
Divorce Rate: 17.0%
Divorcees: 1,371
Median Income: $37,706
More on Alpena: PhotosData

Alpena is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Alpena County. It is considered to be part of northern Michigan. The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary is located in the city. The population was 10,483 at the 2010 census. The population swells with a large number of visitors in the summer.

Walled Lake, MI

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Population: 7,193
Divorce Rate: 17.0%
Divorcees: 978
Median Income: $50,847
More on Walled Lake: PhotosData

Walled Lake is a city in the southern central portion of Commerce Township in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 6,999 at the 2010 census.

Escanaba, MI

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Population: 12,298
Divorce Rate: 16.0%
Divorcees: 1,574
Median Income: $35,176
More on Escanaba: PhotosData

Escanaba is a port city in Delta County in the U.S. state of Michigan, located on the Escanaba River in the banana belt of the state’s Upper Peninsula. The population was 12,616 at the 2010 census, making it the third-largest city in the Upper Peninsula after Marquette and Sault Ste. Marie. It is the seat of government of Delta County.

Ishpeming, MI

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Population: 6,482
Divorce Rate: 16.0%
Divorcees: 829
Median Income: $45,452
More on Ishpeming: PhotosData

Lapeer, MI

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Population: 8,731
Divorce Rate: 16.0%
Divorcees: 1,117
Median Income: $34,439
More on Lapeer: PhotosData

Lapeer is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and is the county seat of Lapeer County. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 8,841. Most of the city was incorporated from land that was formerly in Lapeer Township, though portions were also annexed from Mayfield Township and Elba Township. The city government is politically independent of all three townships. Lapeer is in southern Michigan, east of Flint, on the Flint River. The name “Lapeer” is a corruption of the French la pierre, which means “the flint”.

Charlotte, MI

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Population: 9,091
Divorce Rate: 15.0%
Divorcees: 1,090
Median Income: $46,863
More on Charlotte: PhotosData

Charlotte is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 9,074. It is the county seat of Eaton County.

Dowagiac, MI

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Population: 5,779
Divorce Rate: 15.0%
Divorcees: 693
Median Income: $32,574
More on Dowagiac: PhotosData

Dowagiac is a city in Cass County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 5,879 at the 2010 census. It is part of the South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Belding, MI

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Population: 5,737
Divorce Rate: 15.0%
Divorcees: 688
Median Income: $42,813
More on Belding: PhotosData

Belding is a city in Ionia County in the U.S. state of Michigan, completely surrounded by Otisco Township, Michigan. The population was 5,757 at the 2010 census.

Greenville, MI

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Population: 8,394
Divorce Rate: 15.0%
Divorcees: 1,007
Median Income: $35,583
More on Greenville: PhotosData

Greenville is a city in Montcalm County of the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 8,481 at the 2010 census.

Milford, MI

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Population: 6,484
Divorce Rate: 14.0%
Divorcees: 726
Median Income: $74,260
More on Milford: PhotosData

Milford is a village in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 6,175 at the 2010 census. The village is located within Milford Township.

Getting Some Closure In Michigan After Untying The Know

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

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Alpena, MI 17.0%
2 Walled Lake, MI 17.0%
3 Escanaba, MI 16.0%
4 Ishpeming, MI 16.0%
5 Lapeer, MI 16.0%
6 Charlotte, MI 15.0%
7 Dowagiac, MI 15.0%
8 Belding, MI 15.0%
9 Greenville, MI 15.0%
10 Milford, MI 14.0%
11 Muskegon, MI 14.0%
12 Eaton Rapids, MI 14.0%
13 Coldwater, MI 14.0%
14 Port Huron, MI 14.0%
15 Ionia, MI 14.0%
16 Bay City, MI 14.0%
17 Jackson, MI 14.0%
18 Ludington, MI 13.0%
19 Mount Clemens, MI 13.0%
20 Cadillac, MI 13.0%
21 Fenton, MI 13.0%
22 Milan, MI 13.0%
23 Roseville, MI 13.0%
24 Garden City, MI 13.0%
25 Grand Blanc, MI 13.0%
26 Taylor, MI 12.0%
27 Wyandotte, MI 12.0%
28 Muskegon Heights, MI 12.0%
29 Battle Creek, MI 12.0%
30 Tecumseh, MI 12.0%
31 Rockford, MI 12.0%
32 Sault Ste. Marie, MI 12.0%
33 South Lyon, MI 12.0%
34 Grand Ledge, MI 12.0%
35 Burton, MI 12.0%
36 Howell, MI 12.0%
37 Marshall, MI 11.0%
38 Inkster, MI 11.0%
39 Manistee, MI 11.0%
40 Lincoln Park, MI 11.0%
41 Marysville, MI 11.0%
42 Adrian, MI 11.0%
43 Northville, MI 11.0%
44 Owosso, MI 11.0%
45 Petoskey, MI 11.0%
46 Southgate, MI 11.0%
47 St. Clair Shores, MI 11.0%
48 St. Louis, MI 11.0%
49 Sturgis, MI 11.0%
50 Three Rivers, MI 11.0%
51 Traverse City, MI 11.0%
52 Trenton, MI 11.0%
53 Wayne, MI 11.0%
54 Westland, MI 11.0%
55 Woodhaven, MI 11.0%
56 Mason, MI 11.0%
57 Holly, MI 11.0%
58 Kingsford, MI 11.0%
59 Alma, MI 11.0%
60 Flushing, MI 11.0%
61 Fraser, MI 11.0%
62 Center Line, MI 11.0%
63 Zeeland, MI 10.0%
64 Flat Rock, MI 10.0%
65 Flint, MI 10.0%
66 Niles, MI 10.0%
67 Ecorse, MI 10.0%
68 Norton Shores, MI 10.0%
69 Hazel Park, MI 10.0%
70 Richmond, MI 10.0%
71 Riverview, MI 10.0%
72 Romulus, MI 10.0%
73 Grandville, MI 10.0%
74 Saginaw, MI 10.0%
75 Lansing, MI 10.0%
76 Clawson, MI 10.0%
77 Hillsdale, MI 10.0%
78 Hastings, MI 10.0%
79 Allegan, MI 10.0%
80 Monroe, MI 10.0%
81 Berkley, MI 10.0%
82 New Baltimore, MI 10.0%
83 Iron Mountain, MI 10.0%
84 St. Clair, MI 10.0%
85 Pontiac, MI 9.0%
86 Warren, MI 9.0%
87 Wixom, MI 9.0%
88 St. Johns, MI 9.0%
89 Wyoming, MI 9.0%
90 Southfield, MI 9.0%
91 Swartz Creek, MI 9.0%
92 Eastpointe, MI 9.0%
93 Highland Park, MI 9.0%
94 Ferndale, MI 9.0%
95 Midland, MI 9.0%
96 Harper Woods, MI 9.0%
97 Grand Haven, MI 9.0%
98 Madison Heights, MI 9.0%
99 Portage, MI 8.0%
100 Springfield, MI 8.0%

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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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