Cities In Ohio With The Highest Divorce Rates For 2020

We analyzed over 256 places in Ohio 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 838,215 people living in Ohio over fifteen years of age who are divorced. Or compare that to the 28,339,199 dAmericans who are already divorced in 2020.

A lot of people make the decision to run away – or simply split up – across the Buckeye 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 Ohio 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 Ohio 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 OH.

What is the city in Ohio with the highest divorce rate? That would be New Carlisle, with 17.0% of people over 15 years of age being divorced, per the most recent census data.

What is the overall Ohio divorce rate? According to the 2014-2018 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Ohio is 9.0%, which compares to the US divorce rate of 10.9%.

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

For more Ohio reading, check out:

How We Determined The Places In Ohio 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 2014-2018 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 255 places in Ohio 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 Ohio the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, New Carlisle.

And if you’re trying to avoid divorce, check out Pepper Pike, the city with the lowest divorce rate in Ohio.

Now on to a deeper look at the top ten.

New Carlisle, OH

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Population: 5,622
Divorce Rate: 17.0%
Divorcees: 764
Median Income: $41,772
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New Carlisle is a city in Clark County, Ohio, United States. The population was 5,785 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Springfield, Ohio Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Kenton, OH

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Population: 8,296
Divorce Rate: 16.0%
Divorcees: 1,061
Median Income: $40,523
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Kenton is a city in and the county seat of Hardin County, Ohio, United States, located in the west central part of Ohio. The population was 8,262 at the 2010 census. The city was named for frontiersman Simon Kenton of Kentucky and Ohio.

Hillsboro, OH

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Population: 6,520
Divorce Rate: 15.0%
Divorcees: 782
Median Income: $35,510
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Hillsboro is a city in and the county seat of Highland County, Ohio, United States. The population was 6,605 at the 2010 census.

Cambridge, OH

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Population: 10,432
Divorce Rate: 15.0%
Divorcees: 1,251
Median Income: $33,184
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Cambridge is a city in and the county seat of Guernsey County, Ohio, United States. It lies in southeastern Ohio, in the Appalachian Plateau of the Appalachian Mountains. The population was 11,129 at the 2010 census. It is the principal city of the Cambridge Micropolitan Statistical Area and is located adjacent to the intersection of Interstates 70 and 77.

Fostoria, OH

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Population: 13,249
Divorce Rate: 15.0%
Divorcees: 1,589
Median Income: $34,924
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Ashtabula, OH

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Population: 18,243
Divorce Rate: 15.0%
Divorcees: 2,189
Median Income: $29,338
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Ashtabula ash-t-BEW-l is a city in Ashtabula County, Ohio, United States, and the center of the Ashtabula Micropolitan Statistical Area. It is located at the mouth of the Ashtabula River on Lake Erie, one of the Great Lakes, across from the province of Ontario, Canada. The name Ashtabula is derived from ashtepihle, which means ‘always enough fish to be shared around’ in the Lenape language.

Zanesville, OH

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Population: 25,376
Divorce Rate: 15.0%
Divorcees: 3,045
Median Income: $28,258
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Zanesville is a city in and the county seat of Muskingum County, Ohio, United States. The population was 25,487 at the 2010 census.

Chillicothe, OH

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Population: 21,717
Divorce Rate: 15.0%
Divorcees: 2,606
Median Income: $44,027
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Chillicothe is a city in and the county seat of Ross County, Ohio, United States.

Washington Court House, OH

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Population: 14,135
Divorce Rate: 15.0%
Divorcees: 1,696
Median Income: $42,732
More on Washington Court House: PhotosData

Washington Court House is a city in Fayette County, Ohio, United States. It is the county seat of Fayette County and is located between Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio. The population was 14,192 in 2010 at the 2010 census. Until 2002, the official name of the city was City of Washington, but there also existed a municipality in Guernsey County, Ohio with the name Washington. The area was originally settled by Virginia war veterans who received the land from the government as payment for their service in the American Revolution. In 2002, a new charter was adopted, officially changing the name to the “City of Washington Court House.” The name is often abbreviated as “Washington C.H.”

Coshocton, OH

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Population: 11,067
Divorce Rate: 14.0%
Divorcees: 1,239
Median Income: $40,856
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Coshocton is a city in and the county seat of Coshocton County, Ohio, United States. The population was 11,216 at the 2010 census. The Walhonding River and the Tuscarawas River meet in Coshocton to form the Muskingum River.

Getting Some Closure In Ohio After Untying The Know

Besides just coming up with what we thought would be a great new blog/book title, “Untying the Knot In Ohio: Life After Divorce”, we now have a sense of what places in the Buckeye 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 Ohio 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 Ohio reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Cities With The Highest Divorce Rates In ohio

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 New Carlisle, OH 17.0%
2 Kenton, OH 16.0%
3 Hillsboro, OH 15.0%
4 Cambridge, OH 15.0%
5 Fostoria, OH 15.0%
6 Ashtabula, OH 15.0%
7 Zanesville, OH 15.0%
8 Chillicothe, OH 15.0%
9 Washington Court House, OH 15.0%
10 Coshocton, OH 14.0%
11 Jackson, OH 14.0%
12 Grafton, OH 14.0%
13 Urbana, OH 14.0%
14 Greenville, OH 14.0%
15 Ravenna, OH 14.0%
16 Toronto, OH 14.0%
17 Fremont, OH 14.0%
18 Clyde, OH 14.0%
19 Massillon, OH 13.0%
20 Circleville, OH 13.0%
21 Alliance, OH 13.0%
22 Niles, OH 13.0%
23 Dover, OH 13.0%
24 Van Wert, OH 13.0%
25 Piqua, OH 13.0%
26 Bucyrus, OH 13.0%
27 Marion, OH 13.0%
28 Upper Sandusky, OH 13.0%
29 West Carrollton, OH 13.0%
30 Shelby, OH 13.0%
31 Ironton, OH 13.0%
32 Logan, OH 13.0%
33 London, OH 13.0%
34 Portsmouth, OH 12.0%
35 North College Hill, OH 12.0%
36 Sandusky, OH 12.0%
37 Vandalia, OH 12.0%
38 Heath, OH 12.0%
39 Tiffin, OH 12.0%
40 Newark, OH 12.0%
41 Springfield, OH 12.0%
42 Olmsted Falls, OH 12.0%
43 Geneva, OH 12.0%
44 Lancaster, OH 12.0%
45 Hamilton, OH 12.0%
46 Germantown, OH 12.0%
47 Marysville, OH 12.0%
48 Uhrichsville, OH 12.0%
49 Lima, OH 12.0%
50 Galion, OH 12.0%
51 Norwalk, OH 12.0%
52 Wellington, OH 12.0%
53 Canton, OH 12.0%
54 Bellefontaine, OH 12.0%
55 Bedford, OH 12.0%
56 Bedford Heights, OH 12.0%
57 Bryan, OH 12.0%
58 Campbell, OH 12.0%
59 Warren, OH 12.0%
60 Xenia, OH 12.0%
61 Mentor-On-The-Lake, OH 11.0%
62 Girard, OH 11.0%
63 Brookville, OH 11.0%
64 Wellston, OH 11.0%
65 Troy, OH 11.0%
66 Berea, OH 11.0%
67 Huron, OH 11.0%
68 Wickliffe, OH 11.0%
69 Middletown, OH 11.0%
70 New Philadelphia, OH 11.0%
71 New Lexington, OH 11.0%
72 Salem, OH 11.0%
73 Ontario, OH 11.0%
74 Louisville, OH 11.0%
75 Parma Heights, OH 11.0%
76 Mansfield, OH 11.0%
77 Maple Heights, OH 11.0%
78 Youngstown, OH 11.0%
79 Wooster, OH 11.0%
80 Toledo, OH 11.0%
81 Willoughby, OH 11.0%
82 Wapakoneta, OH 11.0%
83 Conneaut, OH 11.0%
84 Cuyahoga Falls, OH 11.0%
85 Elyria, OH 11.0%
86 Celina, OH 11.0%
87 Eaton, OH 11.0%
88 Eastlake, OH 11.0%
89 East Liverpool, OH 11.0%
90 Englewood, OH 11.0%
91 Vermilion, OH 11.0%
92 Chardon, OH 11.0%
93 Wilmington, OH 10.0%
94 Willowick, OH 10.0%
95 Mount Healthy, OH 10.0%
96 Barberton, OH 10.0%
97 Lexington, OH 10.0%
98 Delphos, OH 10.0%
99 Lebanon, OH 10.0%
100 Deer Park, OH 10.0%

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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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