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

We analyzed over 129 places in Missouri 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 Missouri 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 341,874 people living in Missouri 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 Show Me 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 Missouri 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 Missouri with highest rates of divorcees.

The 10 Cities In Missouri With The Highest Divorce Rates

  1. De Soto
  2. Dexter (Photos)
  3. Sullivan (Photos)
  4. Park Hills (Photos)
  5. Mexico (Photos)
  6. Odessa
  7. Richmond (Photos)
  8. Pacific (Photos)
  9. Bowling Green
  10. Sedalia (Photos)

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

What is the city in Missouri with the highest divorce rate? That would be De Soto, with 17.0% of people over 15 years of age being divorced, per the most recent census data.

What is the overall Missouri divorce rate? According to the 2015-2019 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Missouri is 7.000000000000001%, which compares to the US divorce rate of 10.9%.

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

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Population: 6,380
Divorce Rate: 17.0%
Divorcees: 867
Median Income: $39,788
More on De Soto:  Cost Of Living

Dexter, MO

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Population: 7,862
Divorce Rate: 16.0%
Divorcees: 1,006
Median Income: $35,551
More on Dexter:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Sullivan, MO

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Population: 6,564
Divorce Rate: 14.0%
Divorcees: 735
Median Income: $35,789
More on Sullivan:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Park Hills, MO

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Population: 8,544
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 888
Median Income: $35,825
More on Park Hills:  Cost Of Living

Mexico, MO

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Population: 11,543
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 1,200
Median Income: $40,538
More on Mexico:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Odessa, MO

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Population: 5,210
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 541
Median Income: $52,684
More on Odessa:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Richmond, MO

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Population: 5,628
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 585
Median Income: $51,362
More on Richmond:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Pacific, MO

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Population: 6,339
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 659
Median Income: $49,142
More on Pacific:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

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Population: 5,516
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 573
Median Income: $38,125
More on Bowling Green:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Sedalia, MO

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Population: 21,633
Divorce Rate: 12.0%
Divorcees: 2,076
Median Income: $39,804
More on Sedalia:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

How We Determined The Places In Missouri 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 132 places in Missouri 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 Missouri the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, De Soto.

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

Getting Some Closure In Missouri After Untying The Know

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

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 De Soto, MO 17.0%
2 Dexter, MO 16.0%
3 Sullivan, MO 14.0%
4 Park Hills, MO 13.0%
5 Mexico, MO 13.0%
6 Odessa, MO 13.0%
7 Richmond, MO 13.0%
8 Pacific, MO 13.0%
9 Bowling Green, MO 13.0%
10 Sedalia, MO 12.0%
11 Chillicothe, MO 12.0%
12 Nevada, MO 12.0%
13 Poplar Bluff, MO 12.0%
14 Jackson, MO 12.0%
15 Moberly, MO 12.0%
16 Macon, MO 12.0%
17 Clinton, MO 11.0%
18 Harrisonville, MO 11.0%
19 St. Joseph, MO 11.0%
20 Cameron, MO 11.0%
21 Kennett, MO 11.0%
22 Dellwood, MO 11.0%
23 Overland, MO 11.0%
24 Fulton, MO 11.0%
25 Raytown, MO 10.0%
26 Festus, MO 10.0%
27 Florissant, MO 10.0%
28 Neosho, MO 10.0%
29 Hannibal, MO 10.0%
30 St. John, MO 10.0%
31 Boonville, MO 10.0%
32 Trenton, MO 10.0%
33 Berkeley, MO 10.0%
34 Jefferson City, MO 10.0%
35 Marshall, MO 10.0%
36 Farmington, MO 10.0%
37 Hazelwood, MO 9.0%
38 Independence, MO 9.0%
39 Grain Valley, MO 9.0%
40 Arnold, MO 9.0%
41 Pevely, MO 9.0%
42 Aurora, MO 9.0%
43 West Plains, MO 9.0%
44 Bellefontaine Neighbors, MO 9.0%
45 Warrenton, MO 9.0%
46 Union, MO 9.0%
47 Bonne Terre, MO 9.0%
48 Lebanon, MO 9.0%
49 Smithville, MO 9.0%
50 Sikeston, MO 9.0%
51 St. Ann, MO 9.0%
52 St. Charles, MO 8.0%
53 Peculiar, MO 8.0%
54 Springfield, MO 8.0%
55 Oak Grove, MO 8.0%
56 Washington, MO 8.0%
57 Webb City, MO 8.0%
58 Savannah, MO 8.0%
59 Pleasant Hill, MO 8.0%
60 St. Louis, MO 8.0%
61 Liberty, MO 8.0%
62 Cape Girardeau, MO 8.0%
63 Ferguson, MO 8.0%
64 Excelsior Springs, MO 8.0%
65 Crestwood, MO 8.0%
66 Joplin, MO 8.0%
67 Caruthersville, MO 8.0%
68 Brentwood, MO 8.0%
69 Gladstone, MO 8.0%
70 Kearney, MO 8.0%
71 Bridgeton, MO 7.0%
72 Osage Beach, MO 7.0%
73 Carl Junction, MO 7.0%
74 Blue Springs, MO 7.0%
75 Kirkwood, MO 7.0%
76 Valley Park, MO 7.0%
77 Black Jack, MO 7.0%
78 Belton, MO 7.0%
79 St. Peters, MO 7.0%
80 Republic, MO 7.0%
81 Willard, MO 7.0%
82 O'fallon, MO 7.0%
83 Kansas City, MO 7.0%
84 Maryland Heights, MO 7.0%
85 Lake St. Louis, MO 7.0%
86 Marshfield, MO 7.0%
87 Grandview, MO 7.0%
88 Greenwood, MO 6.0%
89 Ballwin, MO 6.0%
90 Charleston, MO 6.0%
91 Manchester, MO 6.0%
92 Bolivar, MO 6.0%
93 Rolla, MO 6.0%
94 University City, MO 6.0%
95 Ozark, MO 6.0%
96 Jennings, MO 6.0%
97 Richmond Heights, MO 6.0%
98 Nixa, MO 6.0%
99 Perryville, MO 6.0%
100 Wentzville, MO 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.

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