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

We analyzed over 62 places in Mississippi 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 Mississippi 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 191,002 people living in Mississippi 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 Magnolia 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 Mississippi 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 Mississippi with highest rates of divorcees.

The 10 Cities In Mississippi With The Highest Divorce Rates

  1. Kosciusko (Photos)
  2. Canton (Photos)
  3. Grenada (Photos)
  4. Meridian (Photos)
  5. Corinth (Photos)
  6. Pearl (Photos)
  7. Greenville (Photos)
  8. Richland
  9. Amory (Photos)
  10. Pascagoula (Photos)

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

What is the city in Mississippi with the highest divorce rate? That would be Kosciusko, with 15.0% of people over 15 years of age being divorced, per the most recent census data.

What is the overall Mississippi divorce rate? According to the 2015-2019 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Mississippi is 8.0%, which compares to the US divorce rate of 10.9%.

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

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Kosciusko, MS

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Population: 6,855
Divorce Rate: 15.0%
Divorcees: 822
Median Income: $26,632
More on Kosciusko:  Cost Of Living

Canton, MS

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Population: 12,222
Divorce Rate: 12.0%
Divorcees: 1,173
Median Income: $33,634
More on Canton:  Cost Of Living

Grenada, MS

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Population: 12,475
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 1,097
Median Income: $33,226
More on Grenada:  Cost Of Living

Meridian, MS

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Population: 37,848
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 3,330
Median Income: $32,422
More on Meridian:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Corinth, MS

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Population: 14,562
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 1,281
Median Income: $38,460
More on Corinth:  Cost Of Living

Pearl, MS

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Population: 26,461
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 2,328
Median Income: $49,944
More on Pearl:  Cost Of Living

Greenville, MS

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Population: 30,588
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 2,691
Median Income: $27,025
More on Greenville:  Cost Of Living

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Population: 7,175
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 631
Median Income: $47,495
More on Richland:  Cost Of Living

Amory, MS

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Population: 6,932
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 610
Median Income: $35,217
More on Amory:  Cost Of Living

Pascagoula, MS

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Population: 21,809
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 1,744
Median Income: $39,887
More on Pascagoula:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

How We Determined The Places In Mississippi 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 63 places in Mississippi 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 Mississippi the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, Kosciusko.

And if you're trying to avoid divorce, check out Diamondhead, the city with the lowest divorce rate in Mississippi.

Getting Some Closure In Mississippi After Untying The Know

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

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Kosciusko, MS 15.0%
2 Canton, MS 12.0%
3 Grenada, MS 11.0%
4 Meridian, MS 11.0%
5 Corinth, MS 11.0%
6 Pearl, MS 11.0%
7 Greenville, MS 11.0%
8 Richland, MS 11.0%
9 Amory, MS 11.0%
10 Pascagoula, MS 10.0%
11 Tupelo, MS 10.0%
12 Vicksburg, MS 10.0%
13 Laurel, MS 10.0%
14 West Point, MS 10.0%
15 Jackson, MS 10.0%
16 Philadelphia, MS 10.0%
17 Natchez, MS 10.0%
18 Aberdeen, MS 10.0%
19 Brandon, MS 10.0%
20 Flowood, MS 9.0%
21 Waveland, MS 9.0%
22 Bay St. Louis, MS 9.0%
23 Ridgeland, MS 9.0%
24 Pontotoc, MS 9.0%
25 Columbus, MS 9.0%
26 Brookhaven, MS 9.0%
27 Indianola, MS 9.0%
28 Columbia, MS 9.0%
29 Louisville, MS 9.0%
30 Cleveland, MS 9.0%
31 Booneville, MS 8.0%
32 Byram, MS 8.0%
33 Mccomb, MS 8.0%
34 New Albany, MS 8.0%
35 Clinton, MS 8.0%
36 Holly Springs, MS 8.0%
37 Yazoo City, MS 8.0%
38 Gulfport, MS 7.0%
39 Moss Point, MS 7.0%
40 Forest, MS 7.0%
41 Gautier, MS 7.0%
42 Ripley, MS 7.0%
43 Hattiesburg, MS 7.0%
44 Long Beach, MS 7.0%
45 Greenwood, MS 7.0%
46 Ocean Springs, MS 6.0%
47 Starkville, MS 6.0%
48 Senatobia, MS 6.0%
49 Petal, MS 6.0%
50 D'iberville, MS 6.0%
51 Saltillo, MS 5.0%
52 Clarksdale, MS 5.0%
53 Pass Christian, MS 5.0%
54 Biloxi, MS 5.0%
55 Horn Lake, MS 4.0%
56 Oxford, MS 4.0%
57 Batesville, MS 4.0%
58 Madison, MS 4.0%
59 Picayune, MS 4.0%
60 Southaven, MS 3.0%
61 Olive Branch, MS 3.0%
62 Hernando, MS 2.0%
63 Diamondhead, MS 1.0%

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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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