The 10 Cities In Montana With The Highest Divorce Rates For 2022


We analyzed over 51 places in Montana to identify the ones that have the highest rates of divorce.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our third time ranking the cities in Montana 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.

Far.

Away.

But, don't just take my word for it, take the word of the some 50,961 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 2022.

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.

The 10 Cities In Montana With The Highest Divorce Rates

  1. Chinook
  2. Boulder
  3. Cut Bank (Photos)
  4. Miles City (Photos)
  5. Chester
  6. Columbus (Photos)
  7. Wolf Point (Photos)
  8. Scobey (Photos)
  9. Ronan (Photos)
  10. Havre (Photos)

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 Chinook, 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 2016-2020 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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Chinook, MT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,225
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 127
Median Income: $41,339
More on Chinook:

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/10

Population: 1,027
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 90
Median Income: $47,813
More on Boulder:

Cut Bank, MT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,049
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 268
Median Income: $42,616
More on Cut Bank:  | Crime Report

Miles City, MT

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8
/10

Population: 8,372
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 669
Median Income: $53,571
More on Miles City:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Chester, MT

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5
/10

Population: 1,076
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 86
Median Income: $43,750
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Columbus, MT

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6
/10

Population: 1,964
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 157
Median Income: $55,438
More on Columbus:  | Crime Report

Wolf Point, MT

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,739
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 197
Median Income: $44,648
More on Wolf Point:  | Crime Report

Scobey, MT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,047
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 75
Median Income: $42,083
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Ronan, MT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,812
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 130
Median Income: $30,368
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Havre, MT

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 9,739
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 701
Median Income: $50,635
More on Havre:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

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 2016-2020 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 54 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, Chinook.

And if you're trying to avoid divorce, check out West Yellowstone, the city with the lowest divorce rate in Montana.

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

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Chinook, MT 13.0%
2 Boulder, MT 11.0%
3 Cut Bank, MT 11.0%
4 Miles City, MT 10.0%
5 Chester, MT 10.0%
6 Columbus, MT 10.0%
7 Wolf Point, MT 9.0%
8 Scobey, MT 9.0%
9 Ronan, MT 9.0%
10 Havre, MT 9.0%
11 Lewistown, MT 8.0%
12 Great Falls, MT 8.0%
13 Eureka, MT 8.0%
14 East Helena, MT 8.0%
15 Deer Lodge, MT 8.0%
16 Anaconda-Deer Lodge County, MT 8.0%
17 Malta, MT 7.0%
18 Polson, MT 7.0%
19 Plentywood, MT 7.0%
20 Libby, MT 7.0%
21 Billings, MT 7.0%
22 Helena, MT 7.0%
23 Harlowton, MT 7.0%
24 Glasgow, MT 7.0%
25 Colstrip, MT 7.0%
26 Conrad, MT 6.0%
27 Roundup, MT 6.0%
28 Belgrade, MT 6.0%
29 Red Lodge, MT 6.0%
30 Columbia Falls, MT 6.0%
31 Big Timber, MT 6.0%
32 Shelby, MT 6.0%
33 Livingston, MT 6.0%
34 Sidney, MT 6.0%
35 Laurel, MT 6.0%
36 Kalispell, MT 6.0%
37 Townsend, MT 6.0%
38 Whitefish, MT 6.0%
39 Thompson Falls, MT 6.0%
40 Missoula, MT 5.0%
41 Glendive, MT 5.0%
42 Hardin, MT 5.0%
43 Hamilton, MT 5.0%
44 Stevensville, MT 5.0%
45 Choteau, MT 5.0%
46 Manhattan, MT 4.0%
47 Three Forks, MT 3.0%
48 Dillon, MT 3.0%
49 Fort Benton, MT 3.0%
50 Forsyth, MT 2.0%
51 Bozeman, MT 2.0%
52 Baker, MT 2.0%
53 Plains, MT 2.0%
54 West Yellowstone, MT 1.0%

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About Chris Kolmar

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