The 10 Cities In New York With The Highest Divorce Rates For 2022


We analyzed over 167 places in New York to identify the ones that have the highest rates of divorce.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our third time ranking the cities in New York 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 780,593 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 2022.

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 Hudson Falls, with 17.0% 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 2016-2020 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in New York is 5.0%, 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 York.

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Hudson Falls, NY

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,067
Divorce Rate: 17.0%
Divorcees: 961
Median Income: $50,412
More on Hudson Falls:  Cost Of Living

Bath, NY

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,493
Divorce Rate: 15.0%
Divorcees: 659
Median Income: $39,403
More on Bath:  Cost Of Living

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 11,209
Divorce Rate: 14.0%
Divorcees: 1,255
Median Income: $46,223
More on Fulton:  Cost Of Living

Fairport, NY

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,336
Divorce Rate: 14.0%
Divorcees: 597
Median Income: $67,337
More on Fairport:  Cost Of Living

Lancaster, NY

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,087
Divorce Rate: 14.0%
Divorcees: 1,129
Median Income: $54,924
More on Lancaster:  Cost Of Living

Ogdensburg, NY

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,559
Divorce Rate: 14.0%
Divorcees: 1,182
Median Income: $50,166
More on Ogdensburg:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Hornell, NY

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,274
Divorce Rate: 14.0%
Divorcees: 926
Median Income: $43,381
More on Hornell:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Mechanicville, NY

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,077
Divorce Rate: 14.0%
Divorcees: 568
Median Income: $46,791
More on Mechanicville:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

North Syracuse, NY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,737
Divorce Rate: 14.0%
Divorcees: 754
Median Income: $57,125
More on North Syracuse:  Cost Of Living

Goshen, NY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,346
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 555
Median Income: $62,163
More on Goshen:  Cost Of Living

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 2016-2020 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 169 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, Hudson Falls.

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

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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Detailed List Of The Cities With The Highest Divorce Rates In New York

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Hudson Falls, NY 17.0%
2 Bath, NY 15.0%
3 Fulton, NY 14.0%
4 Fairport, NY 14.0%
5 Lancaster, NY 14.0%
6 Ogdensburg, NY 14.0%
7 Hornell, NY 14.0%
8 Mechanicville, NY 14.0%
9 North Syracuse, NY 14.0%
10 Goshen, NY 13.0%
11 Scotia, NY 13.0%
12 Herkimer, NY 13.0%
13 Batavia, NY 13.0%
14 Webster, NY 12.0%
15 Oneida, NY 12.0%
16 Salamanca, NY 12.0%
17 Gloversville, NY 12.0%
18 Auburn, NY 12.0%
19 Massena, NY 12.0%
20 Newark, NY 12.0%
21 Williamsville, NY 12.0%
22 Penn Yan, NY 12.0%
23 Hamburg, NY 12.0%
24 Malone, NY 11.0%
25 Northport, NY 11.0%
26 Endicott, NY 11.0%
27 Kenmore, NY 11.0%
28 East Rochester, NY 11.0%
29 Watertown, NY 11.0%
30 Johnstown, NY 11.0%
31 Norwich, NY 11.0%
32 Depew, NY 11.0%
33 Geneva, NY 11.0%
34 Glens Falls, NY 11.0%
35 Great Neck Plaza, NY 11.0%
36 Jamestown, NY 11.0%
37 Ilion, NY 11.0%
38 Solvay, NY 10.0%
39 Olean, NY 10.0%
40 North Tonawanda, NY 10.0%
41 Farmingdale, NY 10.0%
42 Niagara Falls, NY 10.0%
43 Canandaigua, NY 10.0%
44 Rome, NY 10.0%
45 Watervliet, NY 10.0%
46 Lackawanna, NY 10.0%
47 Corning, NY 10.0%
48 Cohoes, NY 10.0%
49 Ballston Spa, NY 10.0%
50 Dunkirk, NY 10.0%
51 Warwick, NY 10.0%
52 Amsterdam, NY 10.0%
53 Lockport, NY 10.0%
54 Oswego, NY 9.0%
55 Kingston, NY 9.0%
56 Hudson, NY 9.0%
57 Port Jervis, NY 9.0%
58 Medina, NY 9.0%
59 Plattsburgh, NY 9.0%
60 Elmira, NY 9.0%
61 East Aurora, NY 9.0%
62 Baldwinsville, NY 9.0%
63 Albion, NY 8.0%
64 Schenectady, NY 8.0%
65 Wappingers Falls, NY 8.0%
66 Cortland, NY 8.0%
67 Hilton, NY 8.0%
68 Patchogue, NY 8.0%
69 Long Beach, NY 8.0%
70 Brockport, NY 8.0%
71 Troy, NY 8.0%
72 Suffern, NY 8.0%
73 Rensselaer, NY 8.0%
74 Tonawanda, NY 8.0%
75 Port Jefferson, NY 8.0%
76 Poughkeepsie, NY 8.0%
77 Buffalo, NY 8.0%
78 Binghamton, NY 8.0%
79 Amityville, NY 7.0%
80 Manorhaven, NY 7.0%
81 Saranac Lake, NY 7.0%
82 Syracuse, NY 7.0%
83 Utica, NY 7.0%
84 Horseheads, NY 7.0%
85 Tarr, NY 7.0%
86 Saratoga Springs, NY 7.0%
87 Johnson City, NY 7.0%
88 Peekskill, NY 6.0%
89 Rochester, NY 6.0%
90 West Haverstraw, NY 6.0%
91 Beacon, NY 6.0%
92 Bayville, NY 6.0%
93 Mount Kisco, NY 6.0%
94 Glen Cove, NY 6.0%
95 Williston Park, NY 6.0%
96 Sea Cliff, NY 6.0%
97 Freeport, NY 6.0%
98 Babylon, NY 6.0%
99 Fredonia, NY 6.0%
100 Albany, NY 6.0%

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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.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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