The 10 Cities In Rhode Island With The Highest Divorce Rates For 2019

We analyzed over 23 places in Rhode Island 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.



But, don’t just take my word for it, take the word of the some 93,785 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 2019.

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. Harrisville (Photos)
  2. Chepachet (Photos)
  3. Pascoag (Photos)
  4. Westerly (Photos)
  5. Harmony (Photos)
  6. Ashaway (Photos)
  7. Woonsocket (Photos)
  8. East Providence (Photos)
  9. Warwick (Photos)
  10. Pawtucket (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 Harrisville, with 19.6% 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 2013-2017 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Rhode Island is 11.1%, 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.

For more Rhode Island reading, check out:

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 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 23 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, Harrisville.

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

Now on to a deeper look at the top ten.

Harrisville, RI

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Population: 1,396
Divorce Rate: 19.6%
Divorcees: 246
Median Income: $28,977
More on Harrisville: PhotosData

Chepachet, RI

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Population: 1,813
Divorce Rate: 18.2%
Divorcees: 296
Median Income: $78,594
More on Chepachet: PhotosData

Pascoag, RI

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Population: 5,041
Divorce Rate: 15.6%
Divorcees: 707
Median Income: $73,289
More on Pascoag: PhotosData

Westerly, RI

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Population: 17,323
Divorce Rate: 14.8%
Divorcees: 2,307
Median Income: $60,192
More on Westerly: PhotosData

Westerly is a town on the southwestern shoreline of Washington County, Rhode Island, United States founded in 1669 by John Babcock. It is a beachfront community on the south shore of the state. The population was 22,787 at the 2010 census.

Harmony, RI

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Population: 1,057
Divorce Rate: 14.3%
Divorcees: 136
Median Income: $100,560
More on Harmony: PhotosData

Ashaway, RI

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Population: 1,118
Divorce Rate: 14.0%
Divorcees: 140
Median Income: $100,707
More on Ashaway: PhotosData

Woonsocket, RI

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Population: 41,508
Divorce Rate: 14.0%
Divorcees: 5,230
Median Income: $38,340
More on Woonsocket: PhotosData

Woonsocket is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 41,186 at the 2010 census, making it the sixth largest city in the state. Woonsocket lies directly south of the Massachusetts state line and constitutes part of both the Providence metropolitan area and the larger Greater Boston Combined Statistical Area.

East Providence, RI

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Population: 47,425
Divorce Rate: 12.8%
Divorcees: 5,463
Median Income: $54,707
More on East Providence: PhotosData

East Providence is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 47,037 at the 2010 census, making it the fifth largest city in the state.

Warwick, RI

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Population: 81,218
Divorce Rate: 12.8%
Divorcees: 9,356
Median Income: $71,191
More on Warwick: PhotosData

Pawtucket, RI

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Population: 71,770
Divorce Rate: 12.5%
Divorcees: 8,074
Median Income: $44,909
More on Pawtucket: PhotosData

Pawtucket is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 71,148 at the 2010 census. It is the fourth largest city in the state.

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.

For more Rhode Island reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Cities With The Highest Divorce Rates In Rhode Island

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Harrisville, RI 19.6%
2 Chepachet, RI 18.2%
3 Pascoag, RI 15.6%
4 Westerly, RI 14.8%
5 Harmony, RI 14.3%
6 Ashaway, RI 14.0%
7 Woonsocket, RI 14.0%
8 East Providence, RI 12.8%
9 Warwick, RI 12.8%
10 Pawtucket, RI 12.5%
11 Newport, RI 12.0%
12 Cranston, RI 11.7%
13 Central Falls, RI 11.3%
14 Newport East, RI 11.2%
15 Narragansett Pier, RI 10.7%
16 Greenville, RI 10.5%
17 Valley Falls, RI 9.9%
18 Tiverton, RI 9.0%
19 Providence, RI 8.5%
20 Cumberland Hill, RI 7.8%
21 Hope Valley, RI 6.9%
22 Bradford, RI 6.8%
23 Kingston, RI 1.5%

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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