The 10 Cities In North Carolina With The Highest Divorce Rates For 2019

We analyzed over 132 places in North Carolina to identify the ones that have the highest rates of divorce.

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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 860,499 people living in North Carolina 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 Tar Heel 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 North Carolina 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 North Carolina with highest rates of divorcees.

The 10 Cities In North Carolina With The Highest Divorce Rates

  1. Mocksville (Photos)
  2. Hendersonville
  3. Wendell (Photos)
  4. Long View (Photos)
  5. Carolina Beach (Photos)
  6. King (Photos)
  7. Roxboro (Photos)
  8. Aberdeen (Photos)
  9. Kill Devil Hills (Photos)
  10. Nashville

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

What is the city in North Carolina with the highest divorce rate? That would be Mocksville, with 18.8% of people over 15 years of age being divorced, per the most recent census data.

What is the overall North Carolina divorce rate? According to the 2013-2017 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in North Carolina is 10.7%, which compares to the US divorce rate of 10.9%.

Alrighty, on to how we calculated the places with the highest divorce rates in North Carolina.

For more North Carolina reading, check out:

How We Determined The Places In North Carolina 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 132 places in North Carolina 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 North Carolina the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, Mocksville.

And if you’re trying to avoid divorce, check out Marvin, the city with the lowest divorce rate in North Carolina.

Now on to a deeper look at the top ten.

Mocksville, NC

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Population: 5,130
Divorce Rate: 18.8%
Divorcees: 867
Median Income: $38,108
More on Mocksville: PhotosData

Mocksville is a town in Davie County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 5,051 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Davie County.

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Population: 13,620
Divorce Rate: 18.5%
Divorcees: 2,267
Median Income: $35,894
More on Hendersonville: Data

Wendell, NC

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Population: 6,516
Divorce Rate: 18.3%
Divorcees: 1,073
Median Income: $53,730
More on Wendell: PhotosData

Wendell is a town in Wake County, North Carolina United States. It is a satellite town of Raleigh, the state capital. The population was 5,845 at the 2010 census.

Long View, NC

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Population: 5,013
Divorce Rate: 17.0%
Divorcees: 766
Median Income: $30,597
More on Long View: PhotosData

Carolina Beach, NC

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Population: 6,116
Divorce Rate: 16.7%
Divorcees: 919
Median Income: $61,997
More on Carolina Beach: PhotosData

King, NC

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Population: 6,763
Divorce Rate: 16.4%
Divorcees: 998
Median Income: $58,268
More on King: PhotosData

King is a city in Stokes and Forsyth counties, North Carolina, United States. The population was 6,904 at the 2010 census.

Roxboro, NC

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Population: 8,273
Divorce Rate: 16.4%
Divorcees: 1,221
Median Income: $23,250
More on Roxboro: PhotosData

Roxboro is a city in and the county seat of Person County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 8,362 at the 2010 census. The city is 30 miles north of Durham and is a part of the four-county Durham-Chapel Hill Metropolitan Statistical Area, which has a population of 504,357 as of the 2010 Census. The Durham-Chapel Hill MSA is a part of the larger Raleigh-Durham-Cary Combined Statistical Area, which has a population of 1,749,525 as of the 2010 Census.

Aberdeen, NC

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Population: 7,265
Divorce Rate: 16.3%
Divorcees: 1,065
Median Income: $53,255
More on Aberdeen: PhotosData

Aberdeen is a town in Moore County, North Carolina, United States. It is part of the Raleigh-Durham-Cary-Chapel Hill Combined Statistical Area. The population was 3,400 at the 2000 census.

Kill Devil Hills, NC

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Population: 6,978
Divorce Rate: 16.1%
Divorcees: 1,011
Median Income: $50,898
More on Kill Devil Hills: PhotosData

Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. The population was 6,683 at the 2010 census, up from 5,897 in 2000. It is the most populous settlement in both Dare County and on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The Kill Devil Hills Micropolitan Statistical Area is part of the larger Virginia Beach-Norfolk, VA-NC Combined Statistical Area.

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Population: 5,473
Divorce Rate: 15.9%
Divorcees: 783
Median Income: $49,656
More on Nashville: Data

Nashville is a city in Nash County, North Carolina, United States. The town was founded in 1780 and features a rare collection of Victorian and Queen Anne style homes. It is part of the Rocky Mount, North Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area. The estimated population of Nashville was 5,460 in 2015. It is the county seat of Nash County. Like Nashville, Tennessee, the town and its county were named for Francis Nash, an officer of the North Carolina militia who died in the American Revolutionary War. The city sits in East Central region of North Carolina, between the Research Triangle and the Coastal Plain. The city is about 35 minutes east of Raleigh.

Getting Some Closure In North Carolina After Untying The Know

Besides just coming up with what we thought would be a great new blog/book title, “Untying the Knot In North Carolina: Life After Divorce”, we now have a sense of what places in the Tar Heel 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 North Carolina 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.

For more North Carolina reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Cities With The Highest Divorce Rates In North Carolina

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Mocksville, NC 18.8%
2 Hendersonville, NC 18.5%
3 Wendell, NC 18.3%
4 Long View, NC 17.0%
5 Carolina Beach, NC 16.7%
6 King, NC 16.4%
7 Roxboro, NC 16.4%
8 Aberdeen, NC 16.3%
9 Kill Devil Hills, NC 16.1%
10 Nashville, NC 15.9%
11 Morehead City, NC 15.9%
12 Oxford, NC 15.8%
13 Marion, NC 15.7%
14 Morganton, NC 15.6%
15 Waynesville, NC 15.5%
16 Reidsville, NC 15.4%
17 Thomasville, NC 15.2%
18 Mount Airy, NC 15.1%
19 Butner, NC 15.0%
20 Sawmills, NC 15.0%
21 Cornelius, NC 14.9%
22 Smithfield, NC 14.8%
23 Archdale, NC 14.7%
24 Clinton, NC 14.6%
25 Eden, NC 14.6%
26 Clayton, NC 14.4%
27 Bessemer City, NC 14.3%
28 Kings Mountain, NC 14.2%
29 Graham, NC 13.9%
30 Kernersville, NC 13.8%
31 Albemarle, NC 13.7%
32 Pineville, NC 13.6%
33 Hillsborough, NC 13.6%
34 Lincolnton, NC 13.5%
35 Asheville, NC 13.4%
36 Mount Holly, NC 13.4%
37 Southern Pines, NC 13.3%
38 Gastonia, NC 13.3%
39 Statesville, NC 13.2%
40 Lexington, NC 13.2%
41 Dunn, NC 13.1%
42 Roanoke Rapids, NC 13.1%
43 Burlington, NC 13.0%
44 Henderson, NC 13.0%
45 Salisbury, NC 12.9%
46 Gibsonville, NC 12.9%
47 Fletcher, NC 12.9%
48 New Bern, NC 12.8%
49 Newton, NC 12.7%
50 Hope Mills, NC 12.7%
51 Rocky Mount, NC 12.6%
52 Lumberton, NC 12.6%
53 Oak Island, NC 12.6%
54 Selma, NC 12.6%
55 Woodfin, NC 12.5%
56 Shelby, NC 12.5%
57 Wilson, NC 12.4%
58 Winterville, NC 12.4%
59 Whiteville, NC 12.3%
60 Hamlet, NC 12.3%
61 Asheboro, NC 12.3%
62 Black Mountain, NC 12.3%
63 Belmont, NC 12.0%
64 Goldsboro, NC 12.0%
65 Cherryville, NC 12.0%
66 Elizabeth City, NC 11.9%
67 Lenoir, NC 11.8%
68 Conover, NC 11.8%
69 Angier, NC 11.7%
70 High Point, NC 11.6%
71 Fayetteville, NC 11.6%
72 Washington, NC 11.5%
73 Williamston, NC 11.4%
74 Concord, NC 11.3%
75 Knightdale, NC 11.3%
76 Brevard, NC 11.2%
77 Kannapolis, NC 11.2%
78 Sanford, NC 11.2%
79 Monroe, NC 11.2%
80 Wilmington, NC 11.1%
81 Forest City, NC 11.0%
82 Greensboro, NC 11.0%
83 Leland, NC 11.0%
84 Mebane, NC 10.9%
85 Laurinburg, NC 10.7%
86 Raleigh, NC 10.6%
87 Durham, NC 10.5%
88 Tarboro, NC 10.4%
89 Kinston, NC 10.3%
90 Clemmons, NC 10.3%
91 Charlotte, NC 10.2%
92 Garner, NC 10.2%
93 Davidson, NC 10.1%
94 Ayden, NC 10.0%
95 Hickory, NC 10.0%
96 Mint Hill, NC 9.9%
97 Carrboro, NC 9.7%
98 Spring Lake, NC 9.6%
99 Mooresville, NC 9.5%
100 Huntersville, NC 9.3%

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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.


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