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

We analyzed over 51 places in North Dakota 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 56,059 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 2019.

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. Rugby (Photos)
  2. Hillsboro (Photos)
  3. Burlington
  4. New Town (Photos)
  5. Devils Lake (Photos)
  6. Jamestown (Photos)
  7. Bismarck (Photos)
  8. Rolla (Photos)
  9. Grafton (Photos)
  10. Mandan (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 Rugby, with 15.7% 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 2013-2017 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in North Dakota is 9.4%, 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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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 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 51 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, Rugby.

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

Now on to a deeper look at the top ten.

Rugby, ND

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Population: 2,847
Divorce Rate: 15.7%
Divorcees: 402
Median Income: $38,750
More on Rugby: PhotosData

Hillsboro, ND

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Population: 1,576
Divorce Rate: 14.2%
Divorcees: 201
Median Income: $50,223
More on Hillsboro: PhotosData

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Population: 1,332
Divorce Rate: 14.1%
Divorcees: 169
Median Income: $93,125
More on Burlington: Data

New Town, ND

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Population: 2,459
Divorce Rate: 13.9%
Divorcees: 307
Median Income: $57,105
More on New Town: PhotosData

Devils Lake, ND

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Population: 7,313
Divorce Rate: 13.3%
Divorcees: 875
Median Income: $43,791
More on Devils Lake: PhotosData

Devils Lake is a city in Ramsey County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Ramsey County. The population was 7,141 at the 2010 census. It is named after the nearby body of water, Devils Lake. The first house in Devils Lake was built in 1882. It was surveyed in 1883 and named Creelsburg and later Creel City, after the surveyor, Heber M. Creel. In 1884 it was renamed Devils Lake.

Jamestown, ND

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Population: 15,367
Divorce Rate: 12.7%
Divorcees: 1,756
Median Income: $51,743
More on Jamestown: PhotosData

Jamestown is a city in Stutsman County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Stutsman County. The population was 15,427 at the 2010 census, making it the ninth largest city in North Dakota. Jamestown was founded in 1872.

Bismarck, ND

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Population: 70,536
Divorce Rate: 11.5%
Divorcees: 7,300
Median Income: $61,477
More on Bismarck: PhotosData

Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. state of North Dakota and the county seat of Burleigh County. It is the second-most populous city in North Dakota after Fargo. The city’s population was estimated in 2016 at 72,417, while its metropolitan population was 131,635. In 2015, Forbes magazine ranked Bismarck as the seventh fastest-growing small city in the United States.

Rolla, ND

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Population: 1,273
Divorce Rate: 11.4%
Divorcees: 130
Median Income: $40,625
More on Rolla: PhotosData

Grafton, ND

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Population: 4,243
Divorce Rate: 11.3%
Divorcees: 431
Median Income: $43,585
More on Grafton: PhotosData

Mandan, ND

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Population: 21,472
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 2,125
Median Income: $61,817
More on Mandan: PhotosData

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 Rugby, ND 15.7%
2 Hillsboro, ND 14.2%
3 Burlington, ND 14.1%
4 New Town, ND 13.9%
5 Devils Lake, ND 13.3%
6 Jamestown, ND 12.7%
7 Bismarck, ND 11.5%
8 Rolla, ND 11.4%
9 Grafton, ND 11.3%
10 Mandan, ND 11.0%
11 Lisbon, ND 10.8%
12 New Rockford, ND 10.7%
13 Thompson, ND 10.6%
14 Minot, ND 10.5%
15 Valley City, ND 10.3%
16 Parshall, ND 10.1%
17 Surrey, ND 10.1%
18 Grand Forks, ND 10.0%
19 West Fargo, ND 9.8%
20 Dickinson, ND 9.6%
21 Williston, ND 9.5%
22 Velva, ND 9.3%
23 Fargo, ND 9.1%
24 Washburn, ND 9.0%
25 Gwinner, ND 8.9%
26 Hettinger, ND 8.8%
27 Watford City, ND 8.8%
28 Walhalla, ND 8.6%
29 Lincoln, ND 8.6%
30 Harvey, ND 8.6%
31 Casselton, ND 8.5%
32 Linton, ND 8.5%
33 Garrison, ND 8.4%
34 Langdon, ND 8.4%
35 Cooperstown, ND 8.2%
36 Beulah, ND 8.2%
37 Larimore, ND 8.0%
38 Wahpeton, ND 7.8%
39 Bowman, ND 7.8%
40 Mayville, ND 7.7%
41 Park River, ND 7.7%
42 Carrington, ND 7.1%
43 Cando, ND 6.8%
44 Oakes, ND 6.8%
45 Cavalier, ND 6.5%
46 Bottineau, ND 6.4%
47 Tioga, ND 5.5%
48 Stanley, ND 5.2%
49 Horace, ND 4.9%
50 Ellendale, ND 4.4%
51 Hazen, ND 4.3%

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.

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