Cities In Minnesota With The Highest Divorce Rates For 2020

We analyzed over 146 places in Minnesota 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 265,313 people living in Minnesota 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 North Star 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 Minnesota 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 Minnesota 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 MN.

What is the city in Minnesota with the highest divorce rate? That would be Brainerd, with 14.0% of people over 15 years of age being divorced, per the most recent census data.

What is the overall Minnesota divorce rate? According to the 2014-2018 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Minnesota is 6.0%, which compares to the US divorce rate of 10.9%.

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

For more Minnesota reading, check out:

How We Determined The Places In Minnesota 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 147 places in Minnesota 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 Minnesota the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, Brainerd.

And if you’re trying to avoid divorce, check out North Oaks, the city with the lowest divorce rate in Minnesota.

Now on to a deeper look at the top ten.

Brainerd, MN

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Population: 13,389
Divorce Rate: 14.0%
Divorcees: 1,499
Median Income: $33,415
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Coordinates: 462129N 941203W 46.35806; -94.20083

Virginia, MN

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Population: 8,531
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 887
Median Income: $38,690
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Virginia is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States, on the Mesabi Iron Range. The population was 8,712 at the 2010 census. According to a water tower in the middle of town, the city’s nickname is the “Queen City”, or “Queen City of the North”.

Cambridge, MN

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Population: 8,587
Divorce Rate: 12.0%
Divorcees: 824
Median Income: $49,974
More on Cambridge: PhotosData

Cambridge is a city in Isanti County, Minnesota, United States, located at the junction of Minnesota State Highways 65 and 95. The population was 8,111 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Isanti County. It is located along the Rum River and the BNSF Railway. Cambridge is notable for having the highest percentage of Swedish Americans of any city in the United States with a population of over 5,000 people.

Fairmont, MN

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Population: 10,191
Divorce Rate: 12.0%
Divorcees: 978
Median Income: $48,826
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Fairmont is a city in and the county seat of Martin County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 10,666 at the 2010 census.

Monticello, MN

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Population: 13,439
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 1,182
Median Income: $65,938
More on Monticello: PhotosData

Monticello is a city in located next to the Mississippi River in Wright County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 12,759 at the 2010 census.

Cloquet, MN

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Population: 11,998
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 1,055
Median Income: $51,410
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Cloquet kloh-KAY) is a city in Carlton County, Minnesota, United States, located at the junction of Interstate 35 and Minnesota State Highway 33. A portion of the city lies within the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation and also serves as one of three administrative centers for the Indian Reservation. The population was 12,124 at the 2010 census.

International Falls, MN

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Population: 6,043
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 531
Median Income: $41,108
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International Falls is a city in and the county seat of Koochiching County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 6,424 at the 2010 census.

Glencoe, MN

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Population: 5,495
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 439
Median Income: $52,903
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Glencoe is the county seat of McLeod County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 5,631 at the 2010 census.

Grand Rapids, MN

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Population: 11,140
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 891
Median Income: $45,784
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Grand Rapids is a city in Itasca County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 10,869 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Itasca County.

Hibbing, MN

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Population: 16,106
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 1,288
Median Income: $46,826
More on Hibbing: PhotosData

Hibbing is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 16,361 at the 2010 census. The city was built on the rich iron ore of the Mesabi Iron Range. At the edge of town is the largest open-pit iron mine in the world, the Hull-Rust-Mahoning Open Pit Iron Mine. U.S. Highway 169, State Highway 37, State Highway 73, Howard Street, and 1st Avenue are five of the main routes in Hibbing. The Range Regional Airport offers daily commercial flights between Hibbing and Minneapolis, as well as hosting many private pilots and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fire fighting aircraft.

Getting Some Closure In Minnesota After Untying The Know

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

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

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Brainerd, MN 14.0%
2 Virginia, MN 13.0%
3 Cambridge, MN 12.0%
4 Fairmont, MN 12.0%
5 Monticello, MN 11.0%
6 Cloquet, MN 11.0%
7 International Falls, MN 11.0%
8 Glencoe, MN 10.0%
9 Grand Rapids, MN 10.0%
10 Hibbing, MN 10.0%
11 Albert Lea, MN 10.0%
12 Little Falls, MN 10.0%
13 Redwood Falls, MN 10.0%
14 Sauk Rapids, MN 10.0%
15 Stewartville, MN 10.0%
16 Thief River Falls, MN 10.0%
17 Hutchinson, MN 10.0%
18 Isanti, MN 10.0%
19 Zimmerman, MN 10.0%
20 Buffalo, MN 10.0%
21 Bemidji, MN 10.0%
22 Anoka, MN 10.0%
23 Jordan, MN 9.0%
24 Alexandria, MN 9.0%
25 Albertville, MN 9.0%
26 Litchfield, MN 9.0%
27 Little Canada, MN 9.0%
28 Crystal, MN 9.0%
29 Spring Lake Park, MN 9.0%
30 St. Francis, MN 9.0%
31 Mounds View, MN 9.0%
32 Columbia Heights, MN 9.0%
33 North Branch, MN 9.0%
34 North St. Paul, MN 9.0%
35 South St. Paul, MN 9.0%
36 New Prague, MN 8.0%
37 Hastings, MN 8.0%
38 Wyoming, MN 8.0%
39 New Ulm, MN 8.0%
40 St. Paul Park, MN 8.0%
41 Lake City, MN 8.0%
42 Baxter, MN 8.0%
43 Inver Grove Heights, MN 8.0%
44 Belle Plaine, MN 8.0%
45 Oakdale, MN 8.0%
46 Forest Lake, MN 8.0%
47 Montevideo, MN 8.0%
48 Red Wing, MN 8.0%
49 Delano, MN 8.0%
50 Vadnais Heights, MN 8.0%
51 Fergus Falls, MN 8.0%
52 West St. Paul, MN 8.0%
53 Detroit Lakes, MN 8.0%
54 Coon Rapids, MN 8.0%
55 Duluth, MN 8.0%
56 Faribault, MN 8.0%
57 North Mankato, MN 7.0%
58 Willmar, MN 7.0%
59 Orono, MN 7.0%
60 White Bear Lake, MN 7.0%
61 Otsego, MN 7.0%
62 St. Anthony, MN 7.0%
63 St. Cloud, MN 7.0%
64 Owatonna, MN 7.0%
65 Maplewood, MN 7.0%
66 Sartell, MN 7.0%
67 Prior Lake, MN 7.0%
68 Austin, MN 7.0%
69 Oak Grove, MN 7.0%
70 New Brighton, MN 7.0%
71 Farmington, MN 7.0%
72 Hermantown, MN 7.0%
73 Big Lake, MN 7.0%
74 Elk River, MN 7.0%
75 Stillwater, MN 7.0%
76 Ham Lake, MN 7.0%
77 Hugo, MN 7.0%
78 Robbinsdale, MN 7.0%
79 Waconia, MN 7.0%
80 Fridley, MN 7.0%
81 Kasson, MN 7.0%
82 Golden Valley, MN 6.0%
83 Blaine, MN 6.0%
84 Hopkins, MN 6.0%
85 Bloomington, MN 6.0%
86 Winona, MN 6.0%
87 Chaska, MN 6.0%
88 Shakopee, MN 6.0%
89 Chisago City, MN 6.0%
90 St. Louis Park, MN 6.0%
91 St. Peter, MN 6.0%
92 Lino Lakes, MN 6.0%
93 Andover, MN 6.0%
94 Mound, MN 6.0%
95 Shoreview, MN 6.0%
96 Waseca, MN 6.0%
97 Burnsville, MN 6.0%
98 Minnetonka, MN 6.0%
99 Ramsey, MN 6.0%
100 Mendota Heights, MN 6.0%

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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.

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


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