The 10 Cities In Oklahoma With The Highest Divorce Rates For 2019


We analyzed over 76 places in Oklahoma 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.

Far.

Away.

But, don’t just take my word for it, take the word of the some 411,444 people living in Oklahoma 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 Sooner 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 Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma with highest rates of divorcees.

The 10 Cities In Oklahoma With The Highest Divorce Rates

  1. Sulphur (Photos)
  2. Vinita (Photos)
  3. Henryetta (Photos)
  4. Sallisaw (Photos)
  5. Okmulgee (Photos)
  6. McAlester (Photos)
  7. Anadarko (Photos)
  8. Shawnee (Photos)
  9. Grove
  10. Clinton (Photos)

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

What is the city in Oklahoma with the highest divorce rate? That would be Sulphur, with 21.1% of people over 15 years of age being divorced, per the most recent census data.

What is the overall Oklahoma divorce rate? According to the 2013-2017 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Oklahoma is 13.200000000000001%, which compares to the US divorce rate of 10.9%.

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

For more Oklahoma reading, check out:

How We Determined The Places In Oklahoma 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 76 places in Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, Sulphur.

And if you’re trying to avoid divorce, check out Weatherford, the city with the lowest divorce rate in Oklahoma.

Now on to a deeper look at the top ten.

Sulphur, OK

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,014
Divorce Rate: 21.1%
Divorcees: 952
Median Income: $46,380
More on Sulphur: PhotosData

Sulphur is a city in and county seat of Murray County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 4,929 at the 2010 census, a 3.4 percent gain from 4,794 at the 2000 census. The area around Sulphur has been noted for its mineral springs, since well before the city was founded late in the 19th Century. The city received its name from the presence of sulfur in the water.

Vinita, OK

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,512
Divorce Rate: 19.8%
Divorcees: 982
Median Income: $33,774
More on Vinita: PhotosData

Vinita is a city in south-central Craig County, in northeastern Oklahoma, United States. It is the county seat of Craig County. As of the 2010 census, the population was 5,743, a decrease of 11.22 percent from 6,469 at the 2000 census.

Henryetta, OK

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 5,726
Divorce Rate: 19.4%
Divorcees: 999
Median Income: $32,822
More on Henryetta: PhotosData

Henryetta is a city in Okmulgee County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 5,510 at the 2010 census, down 9.6 percent from 6,096 at the 2000 census.

Sallisaw, OK

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 8,574
Divorce Rate: 19.0%
Divorcees: 1,466
Median Income: $30,000
More on Sallisaw: PhotosData

Sallisaw is a city and county seat of Sequoyah County. The population was 8,880 at the 2010 Census, an 11.2 percent increase from 7,891 at the 2000 census. Sallisaw is part of the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Okmulgee, OK

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 12,123
Divorce Rate: 18.2%
Divorcees: 1,985
Median Income: $29,593
More on Okmulgee: PhotosData

Okmulgee is a city in Okmulgee County, Oklahoma, United States. The population at the 2010 census was 12,321, a loss of 5.4 percent since the 2000 census figure of 13,022. It has been the capital of the Muscogee Nation since the United States Civil War. The name is from the Creek word oki mulgee which means “boiling waters” in English. Other translations put it as “babbling brook” or ‘Effluvium’. The site was chosen because of the nearby rivers and springs. Okmulgee is 38 miles south of Tulsa and 13 miles north of Henryetta via US-75.

Mcalester, OK

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 18,198
Divorce Rate: 18.0%
Divorcees: 2,948
Median Income: $43,382
More on Mcalester: PhotosData

Anadarko, OK

Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 6,710
Divorce Rate: 17.7%
Divorcees: 1,068
Median Income: $30,820
More on Anadarko: PhotosData

Anadarko is a city in Caddo County, Oklahoma, United States. This city is fifty miles southwest of Oklahoma City. The population was 6,762 at the 2010 census, a 1.8 percent gain from 6,645 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Caddo County.

Shawnee, OK

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 30,974
Divorce Rate: 17.5%
Divorcees: 4,878
Median Income: $38,471
More on Shawnee: PhotosData

Shawnee is a city in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 31,543 in 2014, a 4.9 percent increase from 28,692 at the 2000 census. The city is part of the Oklahoma City-Shawnee Combined Statistical Area; it is also the county seat of Pottawatomie County and the principal city of the Shawnee Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,791
Divorce Rate: 17.4%
Divorcees: 1,063
Median Income: $40,435
More on Grove: Data

Grove is a city in Delaware County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 6,623 at the 2010 census, an increase of 27.6 percent from 5,131 in 2000.

Clinton, OK

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,344
Divorce Rate: 17.4%
Divorcees: 1,463
Median Income: $46,052
More on Clinton: PhotosData

Clinton is a city in Custer and Washita counties in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. The population was 9,556 at the 2015 census.

Getting Some Closure In Oklahoma After Untying The Know

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

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

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Sulphur, OK 21.1%
2 Vinita, OK 19.8%
3 Henryetta, OK 19.4%
4 Sallisaw, OK 19.0%
5 Okmulgee, OK 18.2%
6 Mcalester, OK 18.0%
7 Anadarko, OK 17.7%
8 Shawnee, OK 17.5%
9 Grove, OK 17.4%
10 Clinton, OK 17.4%
11 El Reno, OK 17.1%
12 Del City, OK 17.1%
13 Claremore, OK 16.9%
14 Durant, OK 16.9%
15 Chickasha, OK 16.9%
16 Warr Acres, OK 16.9%
17 Miami, OK 16.8%
18 Seminole, OK 16.8%
19 Hugo, OK 16.6%
20 Ponca City, OK 16.5%
21 Guthrie, OK 16.5%
22 Blackwell, OK 16.4%
23 Wagoner, OK 16.1%
24 Coweta, OK 16.0%
25 Cushing, OK 16.0%
26 Ardmore, OK 15.9%
27 Poteau, OK 15.9%
28 Bethany, OK 15.8%
29 Tahlequah, OK 15.8%
30 Muskogee, OK 15.8%
31 Purcell, OK 15.6%
32 Tecumseh, OK 15.5%
33 Pryor Creek, OK 15.4%
34 Sapulpa, OK 15.3%
35 Ada, OK 15.3%
36 Idabel, OK 15.2%
37 Tulsa, OK 15.1%
38 Midwest City, OK 14.9%
39 Harrah, OK 14.7%
40 Lawton, OK 14.6%
41 Holdenville, OK 14.4%
42 Lone Grove, OK 14.4%
43 The Village, OK 14.4%
44 Catoosa, OK 14.2%
45 Bartlesville, OK 14.1%
46 Noble, OK 14.0%
47 Blanchard, OK 13.6%
48 Woodward, OK 13.5%
49 Duncan, OK 13.4%
50 Yukon, OK 13.1%
51 Enid, OK 13.1%
52 Oklahoma City, OK 13.0%
53 Collinsville, OK 12.9%
54 Moore, OK 12.9%
55 Owasso, OK 12.8%
56 Mustang, OK 12.7%
57 Pauls Valley, OK 12.5%
58 Glenpool, OK 12.5%
59 Sand Springs, OK 12.4%
60 Altus, OK 12.3%
61 Choctaw, OK 12.2%
62 Alva, OK 12.0%
63 Broken Arrow, OK 11.7%
64 Elk City, OK 11.7%
65 Skiatook, OK 11.1%
66 Tuttle, OK 10.6%
67 Bixby, OK 10.0%
68 Piedmont, OK 9.9%
69 Jenks, OK 9.9%
70 Norman, OK 9.8%
71 Perry, OK 9.7%
72 Edmond, OK 9.5%
73 Newcastle, OK 8.8%
74 Guymon, OK 8.3%
75 Stillwater, OK 6.9%
76 Weatherford, OK 5.7%

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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