The 10 Cities In Ohio With The Highest Divorce Rates For 2021

We analyzed over 256 places in Ohio 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 Ohio 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 839,188 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 2021.

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 Zanesville, with 16.0% 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 2015-2019 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.

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Zanesville, OH

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Population: 25,200
Divorce Rate: 16.0%
Divorcees: 3,225
Median Income: $30,345
More on Zanesville:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Geneva, OH

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Population: 5,978
Divorce Rate: 16.0%
Divorcees: 765
Median Income: $36,000
More on Geneva:  Cost Of Living

Chillicothe, OH

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Population: 21,719
Divorce Rate: 16.0%
Divorcees: 2,780
Median Income: $44,323
More on Chillicothe:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Hillsboro, OH

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Population: 6,534
Divorce Rate: 16.0%
Divorcees: 836
Median Income: $32,095
More on Hillsboro:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Clyde, OH

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Population: 6,207
Divorce Rate: 16.0%
Divorcees: 794
Median Income: $53,489
More on Clyde:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

New Carlisle, OH

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Population: 5,584
Divorce Rate: 16.0%
Divorcees: 714
Median Income: $44,583
More on New Carlisle:  Cost Of Living

Cambridge, OH

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Population: 10,360
Divorce Rate: 15.0%
Divorcees: 1,243
Median Income: $33,011
More on Cambridge:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Circleville, OH

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Population: 13,928
Divorce Rate: 15.0%
Divorcees: 1,671
Median Income: $42,103
More on Circleville:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

North College Hill, OH

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Population: 9,335
Divorce Rate: 15.0%
Divorcees: 1,120
Median Income: $45,769
More on North College Hill:  Cost Of Living

Salem, OH

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Population: 11,774
Divorce Rate: 15.0%
Divorcees: 1,412
Median Income: $40,134
More on Salem:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

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 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 253 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, Zanesville.

And if you're trying to avoid divorce, check out Oxford, the city with the lowest divorce rate in Ohio.

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.

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

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

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