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

We analyzed over 19 places in Nevada 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 Nevada 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 24,242 people living in Nevada 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 Silver 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 Nevada 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 Nevada with highest rates of divorcees.

The 10 Cities In Nevada With The Highest Divorce Rates

  1. Yerington (Photos)
  2. Ely (Photos)
  3. Wells (Photos)
  4. Fallon (Photos)
  5. Elko (Photos)
  6. Lovelock (Photos)
  7. Carlin (Photos)
  8. Winnemucca (Photos)
  9. Fernley (Photos)
  10. West Wendover (Photos)

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

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

What is the overall Nevada divorce rate? According to the 2016-2020 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Nevada is 1.0%, which compares to the US divorce rate of 10.9%.

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

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Yerington, NV

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Population: 3,190
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 255
Median Income: $33,750
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Ely, NV

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Population: 3,993
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 319
Median Income: $60,927
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Wells, NV

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Population: 1,091
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 69
Median Income: $33,906
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Fallon, NV

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Population: 8,540
Divorce Rate: 6.0%
Divorcees: 409
Median Income: $45,593
More on Fallon:  Cost Of Living

Elko, NV

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Population: 20,396
Divorce Rate: 5.0%
Divorcees: 815
Median Income: $77,659
More on Elko:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Lovelock, NV

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Population: 1,736
Divorce Rate: 5.0%
Divorcees: 69
Median Income: $43,350
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Carlin, NV

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Population: 1,885
Divorce Rate: 4.0%
Divorcees: 60
Median Income: $70,000
More on Carlin:  | Crime Report

Winnemucca, NV

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Population: 7,752
Divorce Rate: 4.0%
Divorcees: 248
Median Income: $67,574
More on Winnemucca:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Fernley, NV

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Population: 20,616
Divorce Rate: 3.0%
Divorcees: 494
Median Income: $66,525
More on Fernley:  Cost Of Living

West Wendover, NV

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Population: 4,271
Divorce Rate: 3.0%
Divorcees: 102
Median Income: $56,518
More on West Wendover:  | Crime Report

How We Determined The Places In Nevada 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 18 places in Nevada 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 Nevada the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, Yerington.

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

Getting Some Closure In Nevada After Untying The Know

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

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Yerington, NV 10.0%
2 Ely, NV 10.0%
3 Wells, NV 8.0%
4 Fallon, NV 6.0%
5 Elko, NV 5.0%
6 Lovelock, NV 5.0%
7 Carlin, NV 4.0%
8 Winnemucca, NV 4.0%
9 Fernley, NV 3.0%
10 West Wendover, NV 3.0%
11 Carson City, NV 2.0%
12 Sparks, NV 2.0%
13 Reno, NV 2.0%
14 Boulder City, NV 1.0%
15 Henderson, NV 1.0%
16 North Las Vegas, NV 1.0%
17 Las Vegas, NV 1.0%
18 Mesquite, NV 0.0%

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About Chris Kolmar

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