The 10 Cities In North Carolina With The Highest Divorce Rates For 2021


We analyzed over 132 places in North Carolina 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 North Carolina 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 492,714 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 2021.

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. Kings Mountain (Photos)
  2. Reidsville (Photos)
  3. Oxford (Photos)
  4. Butner (Photos)
  5. Nashville (Photos)
  6. Hamlet (Photos)
  7. Graham (Photos)
  8. Clinton (Photos)
  9. Shelby (Photos)
  10. Sawmills

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 Kings Mountain, with 14.0% 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 2015-2019 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in North Carolina is 6.0%, which compares to the US divorce rate of 10.9%.

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

For more North Carolina reading, check out:

Kings Mountain, NC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 11,028
Divorce Rate: 14.0%
Divorcees: 1,235
Median Income: $39,195
More on Kings Mountain:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Reidsville, NC

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 13,915
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 1,447
Median Income: $32,339
More on Reidsville:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Oxford, NC

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,721
Divorce Rate: 12.0%
Divorcees: 837
Median Income: $38,606
More on Oxford:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Butner, NC

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 7,727
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 679
Median Income: $45,366
More on Butner:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Nashville, NC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,516
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 485
Median Income: $56,288
More on Nashville:  Cost Of Living

Hamlet, NC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,331
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 557
Median Income: $35,221
More on Hamlet:  Cost Of Living

Graham, NC

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 14,925
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 1,313
Median Income: $36,310
More on Graham:  Cost Of Living

Clinton, NC

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,504
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 680
Median Income: $32,359
More on Clinton:  Cost Of Living

Shelby, NC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 20,007
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 1,600
Median Income: $38,559
More on Shelby:  Cost Of Living

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,165
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 413
Median Income: $52,951
More on Sawmills:  Cost Of Living

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 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 137 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, Kings Mountain.

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

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.

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

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Kings Mountain, NC 14.0%
2 Reidsville, NC 13.0%
3 Oxford, NC 12.0%
4 Butner, NC 11.0%
5 Nashville, NC 11.0%
6 Hamlet, NC 11.0%
7 Graham, NC 11.0%
8 Clinton, NC 10.0%
9 Shelby, NC 10.0%
10 Sawmills, NC 10.0%
11 Roxboro, NC 10.0%
12 Lenoir, NC 10.0%
13 Newton, NC 10.0%
14 Marion, NC 10.0%
15 Lumberton, NC 10.0%
16 Lincolnton, NC 10.0%
17 Tarboro, NC 10.0%
18 Thomasville, NC 10.0%
19 Erwin, NC 10.0%
20 Wilson, NC 10.0%
21 Whiteville, NC 9.0%
22 Lexington, NC 9.0%
23 Bessemer City, NC 9.0%
24 Dunn, NC 9.0%
25 Rocky Mount, NC 9.0%
26 Roanoke Rapids, NC 9.0%
27 Winterville, NC 9.0%
28 Kinston, NC 9.0%
29 Albemarle, NC 9.0%
30 Morganton, NC 8.0%
31 Mount Airy, NC 8.0%
32 Archdale, NC 8.0%
33 King, NC 8.0%
34 Ayden, NC 8.0%
35 Goldsboro, NC 8.0%
36 Gastonia, NC 8.0%
37 Morehead City, NC 8.0%
38 New Bern, NC 8.0%
39 Wadesboro, NC 8.0%
40 Forest City, NC 8.0%
41 Cherryville, NC 8.0%
42 Burlington, NC 8.0%
43 Eden, NC 8.0%
44 Conover, NC 8.0%
45 Rockingham, NC 8.0%
46 Laurinburg, NC 7.0%
47 Statesville, NC 7.0%
48 Kannapolis, NC 7.0%
49 Smithfield, NC 7.0%
50 Siler City, NC 7.0%
51 Mount Holly, NC 7.0%
52 High Point, NC 7.0%
53 Asheboro, NC 7.0%
54 Washington, NC 7.0%
55 Henderson, NC 7.0%
56 Williamston, NC 7.0%
57 Sanford, NC 7.0%
58 Trinity, NC 7.0%
59 Salisbury, NC 7.0%
60 Gibsonville, NC 7.0%
61 Hickory, NC 7.0%
62 Woodfin, NC 7.0%
63 Waynesville, NC 6.0%
64 Oak Island, NC 6.0%
65 Mocksville, NC 6.0%
66 Winston-Salem, NC 6.0%
67 Southern Pines, NC 6.0%
68 Walke, NC 6.0%
69 Wendell, NC 6.0%
70 Aberdeen, NC 6.0%
71 Elizabeth City, NC 6.0%
72 Carolina Beach, NC 6.0%
73 Clayton, NC 6.0%
74 Clemmons, NC 6.0%
75 Greenville, NC 6.0%
76 Hillsborough, NC 6.0%
77 Hope Mills, NC 6.0%
78 Zebulon, NC 6.0%
79 Kernersville, NC 6.0%
80 Hendersonville, NC 5.0%
81 Angier, NC 5.0%
82 Asheville, NC 5.0%
83 Wilmington, NC 5.0%
84 Belmont, NC 5.0%
85 Garner, NC 5.0%
86 Boiling Spring Lakes, NC 5.0%
87 Mebane, NC 5.0%
88 Greensboro, NC 5.0%
89 Knightdale, NC 5.0%
90 Durham, NC 5.0%
91 Selma, NC 5.0%
92 Concord, NC 5.0%
93 Mills River, NC 4.0%
94 Mint Hill, NC 4.0%
95 Unionville, NC 4.0%
96 Lewisville, NC 4.0%
97 Brevard, NC 4.0%
98 Black Mountain, NC 4.0%
99 Charlotte, NC 4.0%
100 Fayetteville, NC 4.0%

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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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