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

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 439,258 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 2019.

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 19.0% 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 2013-2017 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Minnesota is 10.0%, 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 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 146 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 Morris, 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: 13,394
Divorce Rate: 19.0%
Divorcees: 2,290
Median Income: $34,358
More on Brainerd: PhotosData

Coordinates: 462129N 941203W 46.35806; -94.20083

Virginia, MN

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Population: 8,570
Divorce Rate: 18.2%
Divorcees: 1,403
Median Income: $36,327
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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: 8,462
Divorce Rate: 17.1%
Divorcees: 1,302
Median Income: $48,995
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.

Stewartville, MN

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Population: 6,115
Divorce Rate: 16.3%
Divorcees: 897
Median Income: $55,759
More on Stewartville: PhotosData

Stewartville is a city in Olmsted County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 5,916 at the 2010 census. Stewartville has experienced growth as a result of its location just south of Rochester.

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Population: 5,458
Divorce Rate: 16.0%
Divorcees: 785
Median Income: $70,129
More on Isanti: Data

Fairmont, MN

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Population: 10,251
Divorce Rate: 15.3%
Divorcees: 1,411
Median Income: $48,973
More on Fairmont: PhotosData

Fairmont is a city in and the county seat of Martin County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 10,666 at the 2010 census.

Spring Lake Park, MN

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Population: 6,535
Divorce Rate: 15.0%
Divorcees: 882
Median Income: $57,582
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Bemidji, MN

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Population: 14,803
Divorce Rate: 14.5%
Divorcees: 1,931
Median Income: $33,260
More on Bemidji: PhotosData

Bemidji is a city in Beltrami County, in north west Minnesota, United States. With a population of 14,301 as of July 1, 2016, it is the largest commercial center between Grand Forks, North Dakota and Duluth, Minnesota. Bemidji houses many Native American services, including the Indian Health Service. The city is the central hub of the Red Lake Indian Reservation, White Earth Indian Reservation and the Leech Lake Indian Reservation. Bemidji lies on the south west shore of Lake Bemidji, the northernmost lake feeding the Mississippi River and as such is deemed “The First City On The Mississippi.” Bemidji is also the self proclaimed “curling capital” of the U.S. and birth place of Paul Bunyan

Albert Lea, MN

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Population: 17,716
Divorce Rate: 14.3%
Divorcees: 2,280
Median Income: $43,532
More on Albert Lea: PhotosData

Albert Lea is a city located in Freeborn County, in the southeastern part of the State of Minnesota. It is also the county seat. The population was 18,016 at the 2010 census.

Glencoe, MN

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Population: 5,511
Divorce Rate: 14.2%
Divorcees: 704
Median Income: $51,200
More on Glencoe: PhotosData

Glencoe is the county seat of McLeod County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 5,631 at the 2010 census.

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.

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

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Brainerd, MN 19.0%
2 Virginia, MN 18.2%
3 Cambridge, MN 17.1%
4 Stewartville, MN 16.3%
5 Isanti, MN 16.0%
6 Fairmont, MN 15.3%
7 Spring Lake Park, MN 15.0%
8 Bemidji, MN 14.5%
9 Albert Lea, MN 14.3%
10 Glencoe, MN 14.2%
11 Anoka, MN 14.0%
12 Faribault, MN 13.8%
13 Stillwater, MN 13.7%
14 St. Paul Park, MN 13.6%
15 Monticello, MN 13.6%
16 Montevideo, MN 13.5%
17 Hastings, MN 13.5%
18 Zimmerman, MN 13.3%
19 Columbia Heights, MN 13.3%
20 Crystal, MN 13.2%
21 Hibbing, MN 13.0%
22 Cloquet, MN 12.9%
23 Redwood Falls, MN 12.8%
24 North St. Paul, MN 12.6%
25 St. Francis, MN 12.6%
26 Thief River Falls, MN 12.6%
27 Fridley, MN 12.5%
28 Red Wing, MN 12.5%
29 Detroit Lakes, MN 12.5%
30 Sauk Rapids, MN 12.4%
31 West St. Paul, MN 12.3%
32 Mounds View, MN 12.3%
33 Litchfield, MN 12.2%
34 Mound, MN 12.1%
35 Inver Grove Heights, MN 12.1%
36 Coon Rapids, MN 12.1%
37 Oakdale, MN 12.0%
38 Hopkins, MN 12.0%
39 Lake City, MN 11.9%
40 Bloomington, MN 11.9%
41 International Falls, MN 11.8%
42 South St. Paul, MN 11.8%
43 Buffalo, MN 11.8%
44 Minnetonka, MN 11.8%
45 White Bear Lake, MN 11.7%
46 Grand Rapids, MN 11.6%
47 Forest Lake, MN 11.6%
48 Hutchinson, MN 11.6%
49 Albertville, MN 11.5%
50 Waite Park, MN 11.4%
51 Little Canada, MN 11.4%
52 Burnsville, MN 11.3%
53 Robbinsdale, MN 11.3%
54 Belle Plaine, MN 11.3%
55 Vadnais Heights, MN 11.1%
56 St. Cloud, MN 11.1%
57 Austin, MN 11.0%
58 Waseca, MN 11.0%
59 St. Anthony, MN 10.9%
60 Alexandria, MN 10.9%
61 Duluth, MN 10.9%
62 Little Falls, MN 10.8%
63 Hugo, MN 10.8%
64 Fergus Falls, MN 10.8%
65 Jordan, MN 10.7%
66 New Prague, MN 10.7%
67 Elk River, MN 10.6%
68 North Mankato, MN 10.5%
69 Chisago City, MN 10.5%
70 Eagan, MN 10.5%
71 Chaska, MN 10.5%
72 North Branch, MN 10.5%
73 St. Paul, MN 10.4%
74 New Brighton, MN 10.4%
75 Richfield, MN 10.4%
76 Golden Valley, MN 10.3%
77 St. Louis Park, MN 10.3%
78 Edina, MN 10.2%
79 Brooklyn Center, MN 10.2%
80 New Hope, MN 10.2%
81 Wyoming, MN 10.1%
82 Roseville, MN 10.1%
83 Owatonna, MN 10.1%
84 Shoreview, MN 10.0%
85 Sartell, MN 10.0%
86 Willmar, MN 10.0%
87 Baxter, MN 10.0%
88 Minneapolis, MN 10.0%
89 Maplewood, MN 10.0%
90 Maple Grove, MN 9.9%
91 Rochester, MN 9.9%
92 Prior Lake, MN 9.6%
93 Farmington, MN 9.6%
94 Blaine, MN 9.6%
95 Apple Valley, MN 9.6%
96 Shakopee, MN 9.4%
97 Mahtomedi, MN 9.4%
98 Rogers, MN 9.3%
99 New Ulm, MN 9.1%
100 Brooklyn Park, MN 9.1%

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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