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

We analyzed over 146 places in Minnesota 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 Minnesota 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 267,042 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 2021.

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 Virginia, with 15.0% 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 2015-2019 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.

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Virginia, MN

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Population: 8,484
Divorce Rate: 15.0%
Divorcees: 1,018
Median Income: $37,161
More on Virginia:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Brainerd, MN

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Population: 13,373
Divorce Rate: 14.0%
Divorcees: 1,497
Median Income: $34,371
More on Brainerd:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Stewartville, MN

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Population: 6,120
Divorce Rate: 12.0%
Divorcees: 587
Median Income: $63,566
More on Stewartville:  Cost Of Living

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Population: 5,657
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 497
Median Income: $77,222
More on Zimmerman:  Cost Of Living

Fairmont, MN

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Population: 10,127
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 891
Median Income: $47,876
More on Fairmont:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

International Falls, MN

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Population: 5,981
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 526
Median Income: $45,208
More on International Falls:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Hutchinson, MN

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Population: 13,914
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 1,224
Median Income: $57,672
More on Hutchinson:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Isanti, MN

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Population: 5,749
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 505
Median Income: $75,633
More on Isanti:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Cloquet, MN

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Population: 12,005
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 1,056
Median Income: $54,065
More on Cloquet:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Sauk Rapids, MN

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Population: 13,703
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 1,205
Median Income: $52,106
More on Sauk Rapids:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

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 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 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, Virginia.

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

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 Virginia, MN 15.0%
2 Brainerd, MN 14.0%
3 Stewartville, MN 12.0%
4 Zimmerman, MN 11.0%
5 Fairmont, MN 11.0%
6 International Falls, MN 11.0%
7 Hutchinson, MN 11.0%
8 Isanti, MN 11.0%
9 Cloquet, MN 11.0%
10 Sauk Rapids, MN 11.0%
11 Cambridge, MN 11.0%
12 Bemidji, MN 10.0%
13 St. Francis, MN 10.0%
14 Thief River Falls, MN 10.0%
15 Fergus Falls, MN 10.0%
16 Monticello, MN 10.0%
17 Montevideo, MN 10.0%
18 Grand Rapids, MN 9.0%
19 Hibbing, MN 9.0%
20 Glencoe, MN 9.0%
21 Mounds View, MN 9.0%
22 Little Falls, MN 9.0%
23 New Prague, MN 9.0%
24 North Branch, MN 9.0%
25 Red Wing, MN 9.0%
26 Robbinsdale, MN 9.0%
27 South St. Paul, MN 9.0%
28 Spring Lake Park, MN 9.0%
29 Vadnais Heights, MN 9.0%
30 Litchfield, MN 9.0%
31 Delano, MN 9.0%
32 Albert Lea, MN 9.0%
33 Crystal, MN 9.0%
34 Buffalo, MN 9.0%
35 Anoka, MN 9.0%
36 Coon Rapids, MN 9.0%
37 North St. Paul, MN 8.0%
38 Oakdale, MN 8.0%
39 Little Canada, MN 8.0%
40 Sartell, MN 8.0%
41 Baxter, MN 8.0%
42 Lake City, MN 8.0%
43 Jordan, MN 8.0%
44 Inver Grove Heights, MN 8.0%
45 Hastings, MN 8.0%
46 Columbia Heights, MN 8.0%
47 Mahtomedi, MN 8.0%
48 West St. Paul, MN 8.0%
49 Detroit Lakes, MN 8.0%
50 Duluth, MN 8.0%
51 Willmar, MN 8.0%
52 White Bear Lake, MN 8.0%
53 Waseca, MN 8.0%
54 Elk River, MN 8.0%
55 St. Cloud, MN 8.0%
56 Alexandria, MN 8.0%
57 Faribault, MN 8.0%
58 Albertville, MN 8.0%
59 St. Peter, MN 7.0%
60 New Ulm, MN 7.0%
61 Blaine, MN 7.0%
62 Winona, MN 7.0%
63 North Mankato, MN 7.0%
64 Fridley, MN 7.0%
65 Maplewood, MN 7.0%
66 Ramsey, MN 7.0%
67 Hermantown, MN 7.0%
68 Belle Plaine, MN 7.0%
69 Big Lake, MN 7.0%
70 St. Anthony, MN 7.0%
71 St. Paul Park, MN 7.0%
72 Hugo, MN 7.0%
73 Waconia, MN 7.0%
74 Stillwater, MN 7.0%
75 Forest Lake, MN 7.0%
76 Austin, MN 7.0%
77 Ham Lake, MN 7.0%
78 Waite Park, MN 6.0%
79 Otsego, MN 6.0%
80 Orono, MN 6.0%
81 Prior Lake, MN 6.0%
82 Oak Grove, MN 6.0%
83 New Hope, MN 6.0%
84 St. Louis Park, MN 6.0%
85 Shoreview, MN 6.0%
86 Bloomington, MN 6.0%
87 Owatonna, MN 6.0%
88 Shakopee, MN 6.0%
89 New Brighton, MN 6.0%
90 Mound, MN 6.0%
91 Byron, MN 6.0%
92 Burnsville, MN 6.0%
93 Champlin, MN 6.0%
94 Chaska, MN 6.0%
95 Hopkins, MN 6.0%
96 Mendota Heights, MN 6.0%
97 Marshall, MN 6.0%
98 Minnetonka, MN 6.0%
99 Golden Valley, MN 6.0%
100 Farmington, 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.

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