The 10 Cities In Rhode Island With The Highest Divorce Rates For 2021


We analyzed over 23 places in Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island 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.

Far.

Away.

But, don't just take my word for it, take the word of the some 50,747 people living in Rhode Island 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 Ocean 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 Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island with highest rates of divorcees.

The 10 Cities In Rhode Island With The Highest Divorce Rates

  1. Harmony (Photos)
  2. Harrisville (Photos)
  3. Bradford
  4. Pascoag (Photos)
  5. Ashaway (Photos)
  6. Warwick (Photos)
  7. Woonsocket (Photos)
  8. Greenville (Photos)
  9. Cranston (Photos)
  10. East Providence (Photos)

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

What is the city in Rhode Island with the highest divorce rate? That would be Harmony, with 15.0% of people over 15 years of age being divorced, per the most recent census data.

What is the overall Rhode Island divorce rate? According to the 2015-2019 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Rhode Island is 6.0%, which compares to the US divorce rate of 10.9%.

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

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Harmony, RI

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,207
Divorce Rate: 15.0%
Divorcees: 144
Median Income: $91,181
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Harrisville, RI

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,460
Divorce Rate: 14.0%
Divorcees: 163
Median Income: $29,663
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Bradford, RI

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,303
Divorce Rate: 12.0%
Divorcees: 125
Median Income: $72,428
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Pascoag, RI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 4,594
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 367
Median Income: $84,386
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Ashaway, RI

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,195
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 86
Median Income: $104,337
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Warwick, RI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 80,993
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 5,831
Median Income: $73,757
More on Warwick:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Woonsocket, RI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 41,603
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 2,995
Median Income: $42,595
More on Woonsocket:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Greenville, RI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,695
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 486
Median Income: $84,701
More on Greenville:  Cost Of Living

Cranston, RI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 81,254
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 4,550
Median Income: $72,017
More on Cranston:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

East Providence, RI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 47,483
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 2,659
Median Income: $59,142
More on East Providence:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

How We Determined The Places In Rhode Island 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 25 places in Rhode Island with a population of over 1,000.

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 Rhode Island the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, Harmony.

And if you're trying to avoid divorce, check out Melville, the city with the lowest divorce rate in Rhode Island.

Getting Some Closure In Rhode Island After Untying The Know

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

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Harmony, RI 15.0%
2 Harrisville, RI 14.0%
3 Bradford, RI 12.0%
4 Pascoag, RI 10.0%
5 Ashaway, RI 9.0%
6 Warwick, RI 9.0%
7 Woonsocket, RI 9.0%
8 Greenville, RI 7.0%
9 Cranston, RI 7.0%
10 East Providence, RI 7.0%
11 Valley Falls, RI 6.0%
12 Chepachet, RI 6.0%
13 Westerly, RI 6.0%
14 Wakefield-Peacedale, RI 5.0%
15 Newport, RI 5.0%
16 Cumberland Hill, RI 5.0%
17 Newport East, RI 5.0%
18 Narragansett Pier, RI 4.0%
19 Pawtucket, RI 4.0%
20 Providence, RI 3.0%
21 Central Falls, RI 3.0%
22 Tiverton, RI 2.0%
23 Hope Valley, RI 2.0%
24 Kingston, RI 1.0%
25 Melville, RI 1.0%

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About Chris Kolmar

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