The 10 Cities In Nebraska With The Highest Divorce Rates For 2019

We analyzed over 32 places in Nebraska to identify the ones that have the highest rates of divorce.

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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 156,059 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 2019.

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. Ralston (Photos)
  2. Plattsmouth (Photos)
  3. La Vista (Photos)
  4. Scottsbluff (Photos)
  5. North Platte (Photos)
  6. Beatrice (Photos)
  7. Fremont (Photos)
  8. Blair (Photos)
  9. Holdrege (Photos)
  10. McCook (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 Ralston, with 16.1% 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 2013-2017 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Nebraska is 10.299999999999999%, 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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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 2013-2017 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, Ralston.

And if you’re trying to avoid divorce, check out Wayne, the city with the lowest divorce rate in Nebraska.

Now on to a deeper look at the top ten.

Ralston, NE

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Population: 7,348
Divorce Rate: 16.1%
Divorcees: 1,064
Median Income: $55,837
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Ralston is a city in Douglas County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 5,943 at the 2010 census. Ralston is surrounded on three sides by the city of Omaha, and by Sarpy County on the south side.

Plattsmouth, NE

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Population: 6,435
Divorce Rate: 15.5%
Divorcees: 897
Median Income: $49,211
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Plattsmouth is a city and county seat of Cass County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,502 at the 2010 census.

La Vista, NE

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Population: 17,062
Divorce Rate: 15.1%
Divorcees: 2,318
Median Income: $63,034
More on La Vista: PhotosData

La Vista is a city in Sarpy County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 15,758 at the 2010 census. The city was incorporated on February 23, 1960.

Scottsbluff, NE

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Population: 14,887
Divorce Rate: 15.0%
Divorcees: 2,009
Median Income: $41,143
More on Scottsbluff: PhotosData

Scottsbluff is a city in Scotts Bluff County, in the western part of the state of Nebraska, in the Great Plains region of the United States. The population was 15,039 at the 2010 census. Scottsbluff is the largest city in the Nebraska Panhandle, and the 13th largest city in Nebraska.

North Platte, NE

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Population: 24,135
Divorce Rate: 13.5%
Divorcees: 2,932
Median Income: $50,422
More on North Platte: PhotosData

North Platte is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States. It is located in the southwestern part of the state, along Interstate 80, at the confluence of the North and South Platte Rivers forming the Platte River. The population was 24,733 at the 2010 census.

Beatrice, NE

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Population: 12,309
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 1,440
Median Income: $44,134
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Beatrice is a city in and the county seat of Gage County, Nebraska. Its population was 12,459 at the 2010 census. It is located 40 miles south of Lincoln on the Big Blue River. It is surrounded by agricultural country.

Fremont, NE

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Population: 26,356
Divorce Rate: 12.9%
Divorcees: 3,059
Median Income: $50,007
More on Fremont: PhotosData

Fremont is a city in Dodge County in the eastern portion of the state of Nebraska in the Midwestern United States. The population was 26,397 at the 2010 census. Fremont is the county seat and the home of Midland University.

Blair, NE

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Population: 8,011
Divorce Rate: 12.7%
Divorcees: 915
Median Income: $44,855
More on Blair: PhotosData

Blair is a city in and the county seat of Washington County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 7,990 at the 2010 census. Blair is a part of the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Holdrege, NE

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Population: 5,497
Divorce Rate: 12.4%
Divorcees: 613
Median Income: $48,900
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Holdrege is a city in Phelps County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 5,495 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Phelps County. The Nebraska Prairie Museum is located in Holdrege.

Mccook, NE

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Population: 7,622
Divorce Rate: 12.4%
Divorcees: 850
Median Income: $40,372
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McCook is a city and county seat of Red Willow County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 7,698 at the 2010 census.

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 Ralston, NE 16.1%
2 Plattsmouth, NE 15.5%
3 La Vista, NE 15.1%
4 Scottsbluff, NE 15.0%
5 North Platte, NE 13.5%
6 Beatrice, NE 13.0%
7 Fremont, NE 12.9%
8 Blair, NE 12.7%
9 Holdrege, NE 12.4%
10 Mccook, NE 12.4%
11 Hastings, NE 12.3%
12 Sidney, NE 12.2%
13 Nebraska City, NE 12.2%
14 Grand Island, NE 11.8%
15 Omaha, NE 11.4%
16 Norfolk, NE 10.7%
17 Gering, NE 10.6%
18 Bellevue, NE 10.5%
19 Lincoln, NE 10.5%
20 Columbus, NE 10.4%
21 Lexington, NE 10.0%
22 Gretna, NE 9.7%
23 York, NE 9.6%
24 Papillion, NE 9.2%
25 Kearney, NE 8.9%
26 Alliance, NE 8.5%
27 Chadron, NE 8.2%
28 Crete, NE 7.2%
29 South Sioux City, NE 6.6%
30 Seward, NE 6.6%
31 Schuyler, NE 6.1%
32 Wayne, NE 4.5%

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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