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

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 913,152 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 2019.

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. Ishpeming (Photos)
  2. Greenville (Photos)
  3. Walled Lake (Photos)
  4. Dowagiac (Photos)
  5. Escanaba (Photos)
  6. Menominee (Photos)
  7. Lapeer (Photos)
  8. Jackson (Photos)
  9. Howell (Photos)
  10. Ludington (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 Ishpeming, with 20.3% 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 2013-2017 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Michigan is 11.5%, 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 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 149 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, Ishpeming.

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.

Ishpeming, MI

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Population: 6,484
Divorce Rate: 20.3%
Divorcees: 1,184
Median Income: $42,075
More on Ishpeming: PhotosData

Greenville, MI

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Population: 8,385
Divorce Rate: 19.4%
Divorcees: 1,464
Median Income: $33,623
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.

Walled Lake, MI

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Population: 7,174
Divorce Rate: 19.2%
Divorcees: 1,239
Median Income: $49,811
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.

Dowagiac, MI

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Population: 5,812
Divorce Rate: 19.0%
Divorcees: 993
Median Income: $30,023
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.

Escanaba, MI

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Population: 12,364
Divorce Rate: 18.7%
Divorcees: 2,080
Median Income: $33,230
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.

Menominee, MI

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Population: 8,298
Divorce Rate: 18.3%
Divorcees: 1,366
Median Income: $36,659
More on Menominee: PhotosData

Menominee is a city in the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 8,599 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Menominee County. Menominee is the fourth-largest city in the Upper Peninsula, behind Marquette, Sault Ste. Marie, and Escanaba. Menominee Township is located to the north of the city, but is politically autonomous.

Lapeer, MI

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Population: 8,769
Divorce Rate: 18.3%
Divorcees: 1,444
Median Income: $34,212
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”.

Jackson, MI

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Population: 32,875
Divorce Rate: 17.9%
Divorcees: 5,296
Median Income: $31,118
More on Jackson: PhotosData

Jackson is a city in the south central area of the U.S. state of Michigan, about 40 miles west of Ann Arbor and 35 miles south of Lansing. It is the county seat of Jackson County. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 33,534, down from 36,316 at the 2000 census. Served by Interstate 94, it is the principal city of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Jackson County and has a population of 160,248.

Howell, MI

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Population: 9,514
Divorce Rate: 17.8%
Divorcees: 1,524
Median Income: $47,252
More on Howell: PhotosData

Howell is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 9,489. It is the county seat of Livingston County and is located mostly within Howell Township, but is politically independent from Howell Township. The city is part of the South Lyon-Howell-Brighton Urban Area.

Ludington, MI

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Population: 8,047
Divorce Rate: 17.8%
Divorcees: 1,289
Median Income: $38,325
More on Ludington: PhotosData

Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 8,076. It is the county seat of Mason County.

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 Ishpeming, MI 20.3%
2 Greenville, MI 19.4%
3 Walled Lake, MI 19.2%
4 Dowagiac, MI 19.0%
5 Escanaba, MI 18.7%
6 Menominee, MI 18.3%
7 Lapeer, MI 18.3%
8 Jackson, MI 17.9%
9 Howell, MI 17.8%
10 Ludington, MI 17.8%
11 Muskegon, MI 17.5%
12 Port Huron, MI 17.2%
13 Niles, MI 17.2%
14 Alpena, MI 17.1%
15 Belding, MI 17.1%
16 Mount Clemens, MI 17.1%
17 Three Rivers, MI 17.1%
18 Ecorse, MI 17.1%
19 Ionia, MI 16.7%
20 Battle Creek, MI 16.7%
21 Hastings, MI 16.6%
22 Charlotte, MI 16.5%
23 Eaton Rapids, MI 16.5%
24 Wayne, MI 16.3%
25 Cadillac, MI 16.2%
26 Grand Ledge, MI 16.2%
27 Flint, MI 16.0%
28 Bay City, MI 16.0%
29 Tecumseh, MI 16.0%
30 Center Line, MI 15.9%
31 Holly, MI 15.8%
32 Manistee, MI 15.8%
33 Pontiac, MI 15.6%
34 South Lyon, MI 15.6%
35 Fenton, MI 15.6%
36 Inkster, MI 15.5%
37 Coldwater, MI 15.3%
38 Milford, MI 15.3%
39 Traverse City, MI 15.3%
40 Marshall, MI 15.2%
41 Saginaw, MI 15.1%
42 Taylor, MI 15.1%
43 Southgate, MI 15.1%
44 Riverview, MI 15.0%
45 Grand Blanc, MI 14.9%
46 Roseville, MI 14.9%
47 Westland, MI 14.9%
48 Lansing, MI 14.7%
49 Muskegon Heights, MI 14.4%
50 Sturgis, MI 14.4%
51 Burton, MI 14.4%
52 Mason, MI 14.3%
53 St. Joseph, MI 14.3%
54 Sault Ste. Marie, MI 14.3%
55 Hazel Park, MI 14.2%
56 Monroe, MI 14.2%
57 Southfield, MI 14.2%
58 Milan, MI 14.1%
59 Hillsdale, MI 14.0%
60 Adrian, MI 14.0%
61 Brighton, MI 13.9%
62 Berkley, MI 13.9%
63 Ironwood, MI 13.8%
64 Norton Shores, MI 13.8%
65 St. Louis, MI 13.8%
66 Romulus, MI 13.8%
67 Highland Park, MI 13.8%
68 Petoskey, MI 13.7%
69 Owosso, MI 13.6%
70 Madison Heights, MI 13.6%
71 Clawson, MI 13.4%
72 Marysville, MI 13.3%
73 Wyandotte, MI 13.3%
74 Iron Mountain, MI 13.3%
75 Alma, MI 13.2%
76 Allegan, MI 13.2%
77 Lincoln Park, MI 13.2%
78 Garden City, MI 13.2%
79 Trenton, MI 13.2%
80 St. Clair Shores, MI 13.2%
81 Fraser, MI 13.1%
82 Northville, MI 13.1%
83 Flushing, MI 13.1%
84 Ferndale, MI 12.9%
85 Benton Harbor, MI 12.9%
86 Harper Woods, MI 12.8%
87 St. Clair, MI 12.8%
88 Swartz Creek, MI 12.7%
89 Melvindale, MI 12.7%
90 Eastpointe, MI 12.6%
91 Grand Haven, MI 12.4%
92 Midland, MI 12.3%
93 Oak Park, MI 12.3%
94 Grandville, MI 12.2%
95 Wixom, MI 12.1%
96 Flat Rock, MI 12.0%
97 Wyoming, MI 12.0%
98 Detroit, MI 12.0%
99 Richmond, MI 12.0%
100 Zeeland, MI 11.8%

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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.


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