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


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 2021. 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.

Far.

Away.

But, don't just take my word for it, take the word of the some 23,779 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 2021.

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. Fallon (Photos)
  3. Wells (Photos)
  4. Lovelock (Photos)
  5. Carlin (Photos)
  6. Elko (Photos)
  7. Winnemucca (Photos)
  8. Boulder City (Photos)
  9. West Wendover (Photos)
  10. Sparks (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 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 2015-2019 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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Ely, NV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,035
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 322
Median Income: $60,048
More on Ely:

Fallon, NV

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,430
Divorce Rate: 6.0%
Divorcees: 404
Median Income: $44,855
More on Fallon:  Cost Of Living

Wells, NV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,022
Divorce Rate: 6.0%
Divorcees: 49
Median Income: $48,958
More on Wells:

Lovelock, NV

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,959
Divorce Rate: 5.0%
Divorcees: 78
Median Income: $41,896
More on Lovelock:

Carlin, NV

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,025
Divorce Rate: 4.0%
Divorcees: 64
Median Income: $78,929
More on Carlin:  | Crime Report

Elko, NV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 20,304
Divorce Rate: 3.0%
Divorcees: 487
Median Income: $79,205
More on Elko:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Winnemucca, NV

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,762
Divorce Rate: 3.0%
Divorcees: 186
Median Income: $66,857
More on Winnemucca:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Boulder City, NV

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 15,840
Divorce Rate: 2.0%
Divorcees: 253
Median Income: $61,787
More on Boulder City:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

West Wendover, NV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,285
Divorce Rate: 2.0%
Divorcees: 68
Median Income: $64,274
More on West Wendover:  | Crime Report

Sparks, NV

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 100,589
Divorce Rate: 2.0%
Divorcees: 1,609
Median Income: $64,645
More on Sparks:  Cost Of Living | 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 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 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, Ely.

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 Ely, NV 10.0%
2 Fallon, NV 6.0%
3 Wells, NV 6.0%
4 Lovelock, NV 5.0%
5 Carlin, NV 4.0%
6 Elko, NV 3.0%
7 Winnemucca, NV 3.0%
8 Boulder City, NV 2.0%
9 West Wendover, NV 2.0%
10 Sparks, NV 2.0%
11 Reno, NV 2.0%
12 Yerington, NV 2.0%
13 Fernley, NV 2.0%
14 Carson City, NV 2.0%
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

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 “The 10 Cities In Nevada With The Highest Divorce Rates For 2021

  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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