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

We analyzed over 32 places in Nebraska 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 Nebraska 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 91,899 people living in Nebraska 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 Cornhusker 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 Nebraska 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 Nebraska with highest rates of divorcees.

The 10 Cities In Nebraska With The Highest Divorce Rates

  1. Beatrice (Photos)
  2. Alliance (Photos)
  3. Scottsbluff (Photos)
  4. Ralston (Photos)
  5. Fremont (Photos)
  6. North Platte (Photos)
  7. Holdrege (Photos)
  8. Blair (Photos)
  9. Nebraska City (Photos)
  10. Gering (Photos)

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

What is the city in Nebraska with the highest divorce rate? That would be Beatrice, with 10.0% of people over 15 years of age being divorced, per the most recent census data.

What is the overall Nebraska divorce rate? According to the 2015-2019 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Nebraska 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 Nebraska.

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Beatrice, NE

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Population: 12,300
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 984
Median Income: $44,991
More on Beatrice:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Alliance, NE

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Population: 8,235
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 592
Median Income: $48,805
More on Alliance:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Scottsbluff, NE

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Population: 14,737
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 1,061
Median Income: $44,354
More on Scottsbluff:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Ralston, NE

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Population: 7,321
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 527
Median Income: $62,816
More on Ralston:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Fremont, NE

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Population: 26,437
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 1,903
Median Income: $49,474
More on Fremont:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

North Platte, NE

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Population: 23,892
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 1,720
Median Income: $54,357
More on North Platte:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Holdrege, NE

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Population: 5,455
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 392
Median Income: $54,167
More on Holdrege:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Blair, NE

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Population: 7,781
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 497
Median Income: $51,056
More on Blair:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Nebraska City, NE

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Population: 7,273
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 465
Median Income: $46,857
More on Nebraska City:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Gering, NE

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Population: 8,254
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 528
Median Income: $56,907
More on Gering:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

How We Determined The Places In Nebraska 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 32 places in Nebraska 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 Nebraska the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, Beatrice.

And if you're trying to avoid divorce, check out South Sioux City, the city with the lowest divorce rate in Nebraska.

Getting Some Closure In Nebraska After Untying The Know

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

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Beatrice, NE 10.0%
2 Alliance, NE 9.0%
3 Scottsbluff, NE 9.0%
4 Ralston, NE 9.0%
5 Fremont, NE 9.0%
6 North Platte, NE 9.0%
7 Holdrege, NE 9.0%
8 Blair, NE 8.0%
9 Nebraska City, NE 8.0%
10 Gering, NE 8.0%
11 Hastings, NE 8.0%
12 La Vista, NE 7.0%
13 Norfolk, NE 6.0%
14 Mccook, NE 6.0%
15 Lincoln, NE 6.0%
16 Omaha, NE 6.0%
17 Kearney, NE 6.0%
18 Grand Island, NE 6.0%
19 Columbus, NE 6.0%
20 Sidney, NE 5.0%
21 Papillion, NE 5.0%
22 Plattsmouth, NE 5.0%
23 York, NE 5.0%
24 Gretna, NE 5.0%
25 Crete, NE 4.0%
26 Chadron, NE 4.0%
27 Seward, NE 4.0%
28 Bellevue, NE 4.0%
29 Schuyler, NE 3.0%
30 Wayne, NE 3.0%
31 Lexington, NE 3.0%
32 South Sioux City, NE 2.0%

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About Chris Kolmar

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