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 1,377,956 people living in New York over fifteen years of age who are divorced. Or compare that to the 28,339,199 dAmericans who are already divorced in 2019.
A lot of people make the decision to run away – or simply split up – across the Empire 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 York 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 York with highest rates of divorcees.
Let’s quickly recap before we dive into the methodology and a closer look at the top ten places in NY.
What is the city in New York with the highest divorce rate? That would be Bath, with 19.2% of people over 15 years of age being divorced, per the most recent census data.
What is the overall New York divorce rate? According to the 2013-2017 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in New York is 8.7%, 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 York.
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How We Determined The Places In New York 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 2013-2017 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 167 places in New York 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 York the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, Bath.
And if you’re trying to avoid divorce, check out New Square, the city with the lowest divorce rate in New York.
Now on to a deeper look at the top ten.
Bath is a town in Steuben County, New York, United States. The Town of Bath has an area of 96.3 sq mi and a population of 12,097. Its largest settlement is the Village of Bath, which has an area of 2.9 sq mi and a population of 5,641. The Town is located in the central part of the county, northwest of Elmira, New York. The Town are either named after the city in England or after Lady Bath, daughter of a landowner.
North Syracuse is a village in Onondaga County, New York, United States. The population was 6,800 at the 2010 census. North Syracuse is located in the towns of Cicero and Clay, north of the city of Syracuse.
Mechanicville is a city in Saratoga County, New York, United States. The population is 5,196 as of the 2010 census. It is the smallest city by area in the state. The name is derived from the occupations of early residents.
Glens Falls is a city in Warren County, New York, United States and is the central city of the Glens Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 14,700 at the 2010 census. The name was given by Colonel Johannes Glen, the falls referring to a large waterfall in the Hudson River at the southern end of the city.
Williamsville is a village in Erie County, New York, in the United States. The population was 5,300 at the 2010 census. The village is named after Jonas Williams, an early settler. It is part of the Buffalo-Niagara Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Hudson is a city located along the west border of Columbia County, New York, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 6,713, the second-largest in the county, following the nearby town of Kinderhook. Located on the east side of the Hudson River and 120 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, it was named for the river and its namesake explorer Henry Hudson.
East Rochester is a coterminous town and village located southeast of the City of Rochester in Monroe County, New York. The village, home to about 6,600 people, is surrounded by Pittsford on the west side and by Perinton to the east. The southern boundary is delimited by New York State Route 31F, which runs parallel to but never enters East Rochester. The village line in the remaining three directions are less distinct.
Jamestown is a city in southern Chautauqua County, New York, United States. The population was 31,146 at the 2010 census. Situated between Lake Erie to the northwest and the Allegheny National Forest to the south, Jamestown is the largest population center in the county. Nearby Chautauqua Lake is a freshwater resource used by fishermen, boaters and naturalists.
Olean is a city in Cattaraugus County, New York, United States. Olean is the largest city in Cattaraugus County and serves as its financial, business, transportation and entertainment center. It is one of the principal cities of the Southern Tier region of New York.
Divorce Rate: 15.5%
Median Income: $51,958
More on Waterloo: Data
Waterloo is a town in Seneca County, New York, United States. The population was 7,642 at the 2010 census. The town, as well as its major community, are named after Waterloo, Belgium.
Getting Some Closure In New York 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 York: Life After Divorce”, we now have a sense of what places in the Empire 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 York 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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