The 10 Cities In North Dakota With The Highest Divorce Rates For 2022

We analyzed over 51 places in North Dakota to identify the ones that have the highest rates of divorce.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our third time ranking the cities in North Dakota 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 30,415 people living in North Dakota 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 Peace 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 North Dakota 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 Dakota with highest rates of divorcees.

The 10 Cities In North Dakota With The Highest Divorce Rates

  1. Rolla (Photos)
  2. Langdon
  3. Garrison (Photos)
  4. Jamestown (Photos)
  5. Rugby (Photos)
  6. Lisbon (Photos)
  7. Cando
  8. Devils Lake (Photos)
  9. Cooperstown (Photos)
  10. Hillsboro (Photos)

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

What is the city in North Dakota with the highest divorce rate? That would be Rolla, with 13.0% of people over 15 years of age being divorced, per the most recent census data.

What is the overall North Dakota divorce rate? According to the 2016-2020 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in North Dakota 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 North Dakota.

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Rolla, ND

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Population: 1,409
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 146
Median Income: $59,125
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Langdon, ND

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Population: 1,936
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 170
Median Income: $54,856
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Garrison, ND

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Population: 1,708
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 136
Median Income: $54,318
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Jamestown, ND

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Population: 15,216
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 1,095
Median Income: $49,846
More on Jamestown:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Rugby, ND

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Population: 2,583
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 185
Median Income: $49,405
More on Rugby:  | Crime Report

Lisbon, ND

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Population: 1,788
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 128
Median Income: $54,160
More on Lisbon:  | Crime Report

Cando, ND

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Population: 1,206
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 86
Median Income: $42,750
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Devils Lake, ND

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Population: 7,302
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 525
Median Income: $39,248
More on Devils Lake:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Cooperstown, ND

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Population: 1,042
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 75
Median Income: $50,227
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Hillsboro, ND

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Population: 1,627
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 104
Median Income: $61,875
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How We Determined The Places In North Dakota 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 54 places in North Dakota with a population of over 1,000.

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 Dakota the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, Rolla.

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

Getting Some Closure In North Dakota 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 Dakota: Life After Divorce", we now have a sense of what places in the Peace 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 North Dakota 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 Dakota

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Rolla, ND 13.0%
2 Langdon, ND 11.0%
3 Garrison, ND 10.0%
4 Jamestown, ND 9.0%
5 Rugby, ND 9.0%
6 Lisbon, ND 9.0%
7 Cando, ND 9.0%
8 Devils Lake, ND 9.0%
9 Cooperstown, ND 9.0%
10 Hillsboro, ND 8.0%
11 Harvey, ND 8.0%
12 Beach, ND 8.0%
13 Cavalier, ND 8.0%
14 Bismarck, ND 8.0%
15 Bottineau, ND 8.0%
16 Carrington, ND 7.0%
17 Casselton, ND 7.0%
18 Lincoln, ND 7.0%
19 Linton, ND 7.0%
20 Wahpeton, ND 6.0%
21 Grafton, ND 6.0%
22 Grand Forks, ND 6.0%
23 Oakes, ND 6.0%
24 Valley City, ND 6.0%
25 New Rockford, ND 6.0%
26 Minot, ND 6.0%
27 Crosby, ND 5.0%
28 Thompson, ND 5.0%
29 Mayville, ND 5.0%
30 Parshall, ND 5.0%
31 Mapleton, ND 5.0%
32 New Town, ND 5.0%
33 Mandan, ND 5.0%
34 Bowman, ND 5.0%
35 Hazen, ND 5.0%
36 Hettinger, ND 5.0%
37 Williston, ND 5.0%
38 New Salem, ND 4.0%
39 Watford City, ND 4.0%
40 Washburn, ND 4.0%
41 Dickinson, ND 4.0%
42 Surrey, ND 4.0%
43 Gwinner, ND 4.0%
44 Beulah, ND 4.0%
45 Fargo, ND 3.0%
46 Larimore, ND 3.0%
47 Enderlin, ND 3.0%
48 Velva, ND 3.0%
49 Park River, ND 3.0%
50 West Fargo, ND 3.0%
51 Horace, ND 3.0%
52 Stanley, ND 2.0%
53 Ellendale, ND 2.0%
54 Burlington, ND 1.0%

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About Chris Kolmar

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