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

We analyzed over 187 places in Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania 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 716,325 people living in Pennsylvania 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 Keystone 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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania with highest rates of divorcees.

The 10 Cities In Pennsylvania With The Highest Divorce Rates

  1. Turtle Creek (Photos)
  2. New Brighton (Photos)
  3. Oil City (Photos)
  4. Lewi
  5. Monaca
  6. Butler (Photos)
  7. Franklin (Photos)
  8. McKeesport (Photos)
  9. Old Forge
  10. Duquesne (Photos)

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

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

What is the overall Pennsylvania divorce rate? According to the 2015-2019 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Pennsylvania is 7.000000000000001%, which compares to the US divorce rate of 10.9%.

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

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Turtle Creek, PA

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Population: 5,197
Divorce Rate: 17.0%
Divorcees: 706
Median Income: $33,292
More on Turtle Creek:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

New Brighton, PA

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Population: 5,780
Divorce Rate: 17.0%
Divorcees: 786
Median Income: $37,460
More on New Brighton:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Oil City, PA

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Population: 9,846
Divorce Rate: 17.0%
Divorcees: 1,339
Median Income: $39,750
More on Oil City:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

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Population: 8,194
Divorce Rate: 16.0%
Divorcees: 1,048
Median Income: $35,573
More on Lewi:

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Population: 5,521
Divorce Rate: 16.0%
Divorcees: 706
Median Income: $39,974
More on Monaca:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Butler, PA

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Population: 13,092
Divorce Rate: 15.0%
Divorcees: 1,571
Median Income: $31,361
More on Butler:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Franklin, PA

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Population: 6,148
Divorce Rate: 14.0%
Divorcees: 688
Median Income: $43,828
More on Franklin:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Mckeesport, PA

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Population: 19,225
Divorce Rate: 14.0%
Divorcees: 2,153
Median Income: $29,094
More on Mckeesport:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

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Population: 7,965
Divorce Rate: 14.0%
Divorcees: 892
Median Income: $57,563
More on Old Forge:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Duquesne, PA

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Population: 5,543
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 576
Median Income: $29,844
More on Duquesne:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

How We Determined The Places In Pennsylvania 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 187 places in Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, Turtle Creek.

And if you're trying to avoid divorce, check out Fox Chapel, the city with the lowest divorce rate in Pennsylvania.

Getting Some Closure In Pennsylvania After Untying The Know

Besides just coming up with what we thought would be a great new blog/book title, "Untying the Knot In Pennsylvania: Life After Divorce", we now have a sense of what places in the Keystone 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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Turtle Creek, PA 17.0%
2 New Brighton, PA 17.0%
3 Oil City, PA 17.0%
4 Lewi, PA 16.0%
5 Monaca, PA 16.0%
6 Butler, PA 15.0%
7 Franklin, PA 14.0%
8 Mckeesport, PA 14.0%
9 Old Forge, PA 14.0%
10 Duquesne, PA 13.0%
11 Canonsburg, PA 13.0%
12 Jeannette, PA 13.0%
13 Connellsville, PA 13.0%
14 New Castle, PA 13.0%
15 Sharon Hill, PA 13.0%
16 Somerset, PA 13.0%
17 Washington, PA 13.0%
18 Clearfield, PA 13.0%
19 Punxsutawney, PA 12.0%
20 Shamokin, PA 12.0%
21 Meadville, PA 12.0%
22 Shillington, PA 12.0%
23 Mckees Rocks, PA 12.0%
24 South Williamsport, PA 12.0%
25 Greensburg, PA 12.0%
26 Taylor, PA 12.0%
27 Uniontown, PA 12.0%
28 Folcroft, PA 12.0%
29 Ellwood City, PA 12.0%
30 Pottsville, PA 12.0%
31 Aliquippa, PA 12.0%
32 Ambridge, PA 12.0%
33 Carbondale, PA 11.0%
34 Castle Shannon, PA 11.0%
35 Dubois, PA 11.0%
36 Media, PA 11.0%
37 Carnegie, PA 11.0%
38 Sugarcreek, PA 11.0%
39 Titusville, PA 11.0%
40 Munhall, PA 11.0%
41 Swoyersville, PA 11.0%
42 Johnstown, PA 11.0%
43 Blakely, PA 11.0%
44 Altoona, PA 11.0%
45 Columbia, PA 11.0%
46 Exeter, PA 11.0%
47 Warren, PA 11.0%
48 Palmyra, PA 11.0%
49 Pittston, PA 11.0%
50 Greenville, PA 11.0%
51 Schuylkill Haven, PA 11.0%
52 Coraopolis, PA 11.0%
53 Tamaqua, PA 11.0%
54 Kingston, PA 10.0%
55 Clairton, PA 10.0%
56 Swissvale, PA 10.0%
57 Glenolden, PA 10.0%
58 Sunbury, PA 10.0%
59 Mount Carmel, PA 10.0%
60 Bloomsburg, PA 10.0%
61 New Holland, PA 10.0%
62 Oakmont, PA 10.0%
63 Oxford, PA 10.0%
64 Red Lion, PA 10.0%
65 Sharon, PA 10.0%
66 Mechanicsburg, PA 10.0%
67 Lehighton, PA 10.0%
68 West Mifflin, PA 10.0%
69 Corry, PA 10.0%
70 Wilkinsburg, PA 10.0%
71 Mount Joy, PA 9.0%
72 Archbald, PA 9.0%
73 Perkasie, PA 9.0%
74 St. Marys, PA 9.0%
75 Birdsboro, PA 9.0%
76 Collingdale, PA 9.0%
77 Williamsport, PA 9.0%
78 Bristol, PA 9.0%
79 Stroudsburg, PA 9.0%
80 New Kensington, PA 9.0%
81 Downin, PA 9.0%
82 Monessen, PA 9.0%
83 Pott, PA 9.0%
84 Emmaus, PA 9.0%
85 Shippensburg, PA 9.0%
86 Berwick, PA 9.0%
87 Beaver Falls, PA 9.0%
88 Bellefonte, PA 9.0%
89 Selinsgrove, PA 9.0%
90 Ridley Park, PA 9.0%
91 Ephrata, PA 9.0%
92 Erie, PA 9.0%
93 Quake, PA 9.0%
94 Hermitage, PA 9.0%
95 Souderton, PA 9.0%
96 Hollidaysburg, PA 9.0%
97 Huntingdon, PA 9.0%
98 Tyrone, PA 9.0%
99 Palmerton, PA 8.0%
100 Chambersburg, PA 8.0%

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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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