Cities In Nevada With The Highest Divorce Rates For 2020

We analyzed over 19 places in Nevada 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 23,382 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 2020.

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. Ely (Photos)
  2. Carlin (Photos)
  3. Fallon (Photos)
  4. Lovelock (Photos)
  5. Winnemucca (Photos)
  6. Yerington (Photos)
  7. Caliente (Photos)
  8. Elko (Photos)
  9. Wells (Photos)
  10. Carson City (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 Ely, with 8.0% 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 2014-2018 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.

For more Nevada reading, check out:

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 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 19 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, Ely.

And if you’re trying to avoid divorce, check out Las Vegas, the city with the lowest divorce rate in Nevada.

Now on to a deeper look at the top ten.

Ely, NV

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Population: 4,063
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 260
Median Income: $58,200
More on Ely: PhotosData

Carlin, NV

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Population: 2,023
Divorce Rate: 5.0%
Divorcees: 80
Median Income: $79,740
More on Carlin: PhotosData

Carlin is a small city located near the western border of Elko County in northeast Nevada, 23 miles west of the city of Elko. It is part of the Elko Micropolitan Statistical Area. Carlin sits along Interstate 80 at an elevation of approximately 4,900 feet. As of the 2010 census, its population was 2,368, up from 2,161 at the 2000 census. The city was named for Civil War general William Passmore Carlin. Its slogan is “Where the Train Stops…And the Gold Rush Begins”.

Fallon, NV

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Population: 8,330
Divorce Rate: 5.0%
Divorcees: 333
Median Income: $42,934
More on Fallon: PhotosData

Fallon is a city in Churchill County, Nevada, United States. The population was 8,606 at time of the 2010 census. Fallon is the county seat of Churchill County and is located in the Lahontan Valley.

Fallon and Churchill County are mostly agricultural areas. Although the area is arid, approximately 50,000 acres of its pastureland are irrigated with water from the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District. The principal crop grown is alfalfa for livestock feed. The “Heart O’ Gold” cantaloupes of Churchill County were once distributed across the United States, but are now grown mostly for consumption in Nevada.

Lovelock, NV

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Population: 1,806
Divorce Rate: 5.0%
Divorcees: 72
Median Income: $41,696
More on Lovelock: PhotosData

Winnemucca, NV

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Population: 7,798
Divorce Rate: 4.0%
Divorcees: 249
Median Income: $71,518
More on Winnemucca: PhotosData

Winnemucca ) is the only incorporated city in and is the county seat of Humboldt County, Nevada, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 7,396, up 3.1 percent from the 2000 census figure of 7,174. Interstate 80 passes through the city, where it meets U.S. Route 95.

Yerington, NV

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Population: 3,103
Divorce Rate: 3.0%
Divorcees: 74
Median Income: $36,047
More on Yerington: PhotosData

Yerington is a city in Lyon County, Nevada, United States. The population was 3,048 at the 2010 census. It is named after Henry M. Yerington, Superintendent of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad from 1868 to 1910. The city incorporated in 1907. It is the current county seat of Lyon County, the first county seat being established at Dayton on November 29, 1861. After the Dayton Court House burned down in 1909, the seat was moved to Yerington in 1911.

Caliente, NV

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Population: 1,135
Divorce Rate: 3.0%
Divorcees: 27
Median Income: $57,218
More on Caliente: PhotosData

Elko, NV

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Population: 20,247
Divorce Rate: 3.0%
Divorcees: 485
Median Income: $77,011
More on Elko: PhotosData

Coordinates: 4050N 11546W 40.833; -115.767 Elko is the largest city and county seat of Elko County, Nevada, United States. The population was 18,297 at the 2010 census. The city straddles the Humboldt River.

Wells, NV

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Population: 1,150
Divorce Rate: 3.0%
Divorcees: 27
Median Income: $54,545
More on Wells: PhotosData

Carson City, NV

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Population: 54,467
Divorce Rate: 2.0%
Divorcees: 871
Median Income: $52,034
More on Carson City: PhotosData

Carson City, officially the Consolidated Municipality of Carson City, is an independent city and the capital of the US state of Nevada, named after the mountain man Kit Carson. As of the 2010 census, the population was 55,274. The majority of the population of the town lives in Eagle Valley, on the eastern edge of the Carson Range, a branch of the Sierra Nevada, about 30 miles south of Reno. The town originated as a stopover for California bound emigrants, but developed into a city with the Comstock Lode, a silver strike in the mountains to the northeast. The city has served as the capital of Nevada since statehood in 1864 and for much of its history was a hub for the Virginia and Truckee Railroad, although the tracks were removed in the 1950s. Prior to 1969, Carson City was the county seat of Ormsby County. In 1969, the county was abolished, and its territory merged with Carson City to form the Consolidated Municipality of Carson City. With the consolidation, the city limits today extend west across the Sierra Nevada to the California state line in the middle of Lake Tahoe. Like other independent cities in the United States, it is treated as a county-equivalent for census purposes.

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.

For more Nevada reading, check out:

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

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

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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.

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One thought on “Cities In Nevada With The Highest Divorce Rates, 2020

  1. Your method is flawed. You’re relying on Census data, which relies on people participating in the Census Survey. I live in Winnemucca, I am divorced as well. I can assure you that there are FAR more divorcees than the 250 or so that participated in the Census Survey. The divorces each month tally up somewhere around 20-30 alone. We have a large Hispanic population in Winnemucca, my longtime gf of which I have a son is a DACA recipient, Hispanics generally do not participate in the Census Survey. The single mother rate for Hispanics in this area is over 70%. It’s a mining town where the men make a ton of money and are gone from home 15-16 hours every day, it’s recipe for divorce.

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