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 50,003 people living in Montana 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 Treasure 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 Montana 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 Montana 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 MT.
What is the city in Montana with the highest divorce rate? That would be Cut Bank, with 13.0% of people over 15 years of age being divorced, per the most recent census data.
What is the overall Montana divorce rate? According to the 2014-2018 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Montana 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 Montana.
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How We Determined The Places In Montana 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 51 places in Montana with a population of over 1,000.
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 Montana the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, Cut Bank.
And if you’re trying to avoid divorce, check out Bozeman, the city with the lowest divorce rate in Montana.
Now on to a deeper look at the top ten.
Lewistown is a city in and the county seat of Fergus County, Montana, United States. The population was 5,901 at the 2010 census. Lewistown is located in central Montana, the geographic center of the state, southeast of Great Falls. First planned in 1882, it was the site of an 1880s gold rush.
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Median Income: $45,833
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Miles City is a city in and the county seat of Custer County, Montana, United States. The population was 8,410 at the 2010 census.
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Median Income: $41,750
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Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Median Income: $38,188
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Havre is the county seat and largest town in Hill County, Montana, in the United States. It is said to be named after the city of Le Havre in France. As of the 2010 census the population was 9,310, and in 2016 the estimated population was 9,846.
Getting Some Closure In Montana After Untying The Know
Besides just coming up with what we thought would be a great new blog/book title, “Untying the Knot In Montana: Life After Divorce”, we now have a sense of what places in the Treasure 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 Montana 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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