The 10 Cities In New Hampshire With The Highest Divorce Rates For 2021

We analyzed over 25 places in New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire 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 43,139 people living in New Hampshire 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 Granite 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 New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire with highest rates of divorcees.

The 10 Cities In New Hampshire With The Highest Divorce Rates

  1. Newport (Photos)
  2. Berlin (Photos)
  3. Claremont (Photos)
  4. Franklin (Photos)
  5. Rochester (Photos)
  6. Exeter (Photos)
  7. Laconia (Photos)
  8. Pinardville (Photos)
  9. Milford (Photos)
  10. Keene (Photos)

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

What is the city in New Hampshire with the highest divorce rate? That would be Newport, with 15.0% of people over 15 years of age being divorced, per the most recent census data.

What is the overall New Hampshire divorce rate? According to the 2015-2019 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in New Hampshire is 4.0%, which compares to the US divorce rate of 10.9%.

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

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Newport, NH

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Population: 5,240
Divorce Rate: 15.0%
Divorcees: 628
Median Income: $53,987
More on Newport:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Berlin, NH

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Population: 10,221
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 735
Median Income: $39,130
More on Berlin:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Claremont, NH

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Population: 12,977
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 830
Median Income: $47,649
More on Claremont:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Franklin, NH

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Population: 8,623
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 551
Median Income: $52,795
More on Franklin:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Rochester, NH

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Population: 30,955
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 1,733
Median Income: $62,179
More on Rochester:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Exeter, NH

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Population: 9,244
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 517
Median Income: $69,575
More on Exeter:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Laconia, NH

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Population: 16,476
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 922
Median Income: $57,960
More on Laconia:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Pinardville, NH

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Population: 5,208
Divorce Rate: 6.0%
Divorcees: 249
Median Income: $69,018
More on Pinardville:  Cost Of Living

Milford, NH

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Population: 8,892
Divorce Rate: 6.0%
Divorcees: 426
Median Income: $73,772
More on Milford:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Keene, NH

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Population: 22,953
Divorce Rate: 6.0%
Divorcees: 1,101
Median Income: $56,971
More on Keene:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

How We Determined The Places In New Hampshire 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 26 places in New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, Newport.

And if you're trying to avoid divorce, check out Hanover, the city with the lowest divorce rate in New Hampshire.

Getting Some Closure In New Hampshire After Untying The Know

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

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Newport, NH 15.0%
2 Berlin, NH 9.0%
3 Claremont, NH 8.0%
4 Franklin, NH 8.0%
5 Rochester, NH 7.0%
6 Exeter, NH 7.0%
7 Laconia, NH 7.0%
8 Pinardville, NH 6.0%
9 Milford, NH 6.0%
10 Keene, NH 6.0%
11 Concord, NH 6.0%
12 Somersworth, NH 5.0%
13 Manchester, NH 5.0%
14 South Hooksett, NH 5.0%
15 Lebanon, NH 4.0%
16 Dover, NH 4.0%
17 Hudson, NH 3.0%
18 Nashua, NH 3.0%
19 Portsmouth, NH 3.0%
20 Hooksett, NH 2.0%
21 Hampton, NH 2.0%
22 Newmarket, NH 2.0%
23 Derry, NH 2.0%
24 Londonderry, NH 1.0%
25 Durham, NH 1.0%
26 Hanover, NH 0.0%

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About Chris Kolmar

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