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 1,105,248 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 2019.
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 Cambridge, with 20.7% 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 2013-2017 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Ohio is 11.899999999999999%, 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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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 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 256 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, Cambridge.
And if you’re trying to avoid divorce, check out Oxford, the city with the lowest divorce rate in Ohio.
Now on to a deeper look at the top ten.
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.
Ravenna is a city in Portage County, Ohio, United States. It was formed from portions of Ravenna Township in the Connecticut Western Reserve. The population was 11,724 in the 2010 Census and estimated at 11,533 in 2016. It is the county seat of Portage County. Ravenna was platted in 1808. It is named for the city of Ravenna, Italy.
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.
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.
Chillicothe is a city in and the county seat of Ross County, Ohio, United States.
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.”
Bedford Heights is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. The population was 10,751 at the 2010 census.
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.
Jackson is a city in and the county seat of Jackson County, Ohio, United States. The population was 6,397 at the 2010 census.
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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