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

We analyzed over 188 places in New Jersey 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 Jersey 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 284,112 people living in New Jersey 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 Garden 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 Jersey 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 Jersey with highest rates of divorcees.

The 10 Cities In New Jersey With The Highest Divorce Rates

  1. Washington (Photos)
  2. Clayton (Photos)
  3. Lincoln Park (Photos)
  4. Eato
  5. Point Pleasant
  6. Newton (Photos)
  7. Union Beach
  8. Mount Arlington (Photos)
  9. Belmar (Photos)
  10. Oceanport (Photos)

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

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

What is the overall New Jersey divorce rate? According to the 2015-2019 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in New Jersey 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 Jersey.

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Washington, NJ

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Population: 6,490
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 519
Median Income: $64,906
More on Washington:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Clayton, NJ

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Population: 8,626
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 621
Median Income: $69,883
More on Clayton:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Lincoln Park, NJ

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Population: 10,262
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 738
Median Income: $97,003
More on Lincoln Park:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

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Population: 12,214
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 879
Median Income: $66,223
More on Eato:

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Population: 18,598
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 1,190
Median Income: $98,401
More on Point Pleasant:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Newton, NJ

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Population: 7,910
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 506
Median Income: $68,365
More on Newton:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

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Population: 5,390
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 344
Median Income: $87,571
More on Union Beach:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Mount Arlington, NJ

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Population: 5,637
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 360
Median Income: $77,043
More on Mount Arlington:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Belmar, NJ

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Population: 5,624
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 359
Median Income: $87,639
More on Belmar:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Oceanport, NJ

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Population: 5,725
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 366
Median Income: $91,250
More on Oceanport:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

How We Determined The Places In New Jersey 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 188 places in New Jersey 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 Jersey the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, Washington.

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

Getting Some Closure In New Jersey 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 Jersey: Life After Divorce", we now have a sense of what places in the Garden 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 Jersey 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 Jersey

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Washington, NJ 10.0%
2 Clayton, NJ 9.0%
3 Lincoln Park, NJ 9.0%
4 Eato, NJ 9.0%
5 Point Pleasant, NJ 8.0%
6 Newton, NJ 8.0%
7 Union Beach, NJ 8.0%
8 Mount Arlington, NJ 8.0%
9 Belmar, NJ 8.0%
10 Oceanport, NJ 8.0%
11 Pine Hill, NJ 7.0%
12 Caldwell, NJ 7.0%
13 Red Bank, NJ 7.0%
14 Rockaway, NJ 7.0%
15 Runnemede, NJ 7.0%
16 Phillipsburg, NJ 7.0%
17 Hopatcong, NJ 7.0%
18 Beachwood, NJ 7.0%
19 Vineland, NJ 7.0%
20 Audubon, NJ 7.0%
21 Hammonton, NJ 7.0%
22 Jamesburg, NJ 6.0%
23 Manville, NJ 6.0%
24 Millville, NJ 6.0%
25 Hawthorne, NJ 6.0%
26 Keyport, NJ 6.0%
27 Lindenwold, NJ 6.0%
28 Woodland Park, NJ 6.0%
29 Somers Point, NJ 6.0%
30 Asbury Park, NJ 6.0%
31 Wanaque, NJ 6.0%
32 Bellmawr, NJ 6.0%
33 Gloucester City, NJ 6.0%
34 Butler, NJ 6.0%
35 Burlington, NJ 6.0%
36 Middlesex, NJ 5.0%
37 North Caldwell, NJ 5.0%
38 Pompton Lakes, NJ 5.0%
39 Hight, NJ 5.0%
40 Tinton Falls, NJ 5.0%
41 Keansburg, NJ 5.0%
42 Kenilworth, NJ 5.0%
43 South Amboy, NJ 5.0%
44 Somerville, NJ 5.0%
45 Paulsboro, NJ 5.0%
46 Long Branch, NJ 5.0%
47 Somerdale, NJ 5.0%
48 Manasquan, NJ 5.0%
49 Raritan, NJ 5.0%
50 Matawan, NJ 5.0%
51 Kinnelon, NJ 5.0%
52 Hackett, NJ 5.0%
53 Absecon, NJ 5.0%
54 Boonton, NJ 5.0%
55 Berlin, NJ 5.0%
56 East Rutherford, NJ 5.0%
57 Dunellen, NJ 5.0%
58 Bridgeton, NJ 5.0%
59 Roselle, NJ 4.0%
60 Linwood, NJ 4.0%
61 Norwood, NJ 4.0%
62 Roseland, NJ 4.0%
63 Bound Brook, NJ 4.0%
64 Madison, NJ 4.0%
65 Margate City, NJ 4.0%
66 Roselle Park, NJ 4.0%
67 Midland Park, NJ 4.0%
68 Morris Plains, NJ 4.0%
69 Carlstadt, NJ 4.0%
70 Pitman, NJ 4.0%
71 New Providence, NJ 4.0%
72 Collingswood, NJ 4.0%
73 Palmyra, NJ 4.0%
74 Garfield, NJ 4.0%
75 Ocean City, NJ 4.0%
76 Northfield, NJ 4.0%
77 Linden, NJ 4.0%
78 Metuchen, NJ 4.0%
79 Oakland, NJ 4.0%
80 Wharton, NJ 4.0%
81 Haddon Heights, NJ 4.0%
82 Wallington, NJ 4.0%
83 Westwood, NJ 4.0%
84 Florham Park, NJ 4.0%
85 Bayonne, NJ 4.0%
86 Haledon, NJ 4.0%
87 Trenton, NJ 4.0%
88 Totowa, NJ 4.0%
89 Atlantic City, NJ 4.0%
90 Stratford, NJ 4.0%
91 Wood-Ridge, NJ 4.0%
92 Fair Haven, NJ 4.0%
93 Woodbury, NJ 4.0%
94 Bloomingdale, NJ 4.0%
95 Secaucus, NJ 4.0%
96 Clifton, NJ 3.0%
97 Park Ridge, NJ 3.0%
98 Westfield, NJ 3.0%
99 Cliffside Park, NJ 3.0%
100 Pleasantville, NJ 3.0%

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About Chris Kolmar

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