The 10 Cities In South Carolina With The Highest Divorce Rates For 2019


We analyzed over 63 places in South Carolina 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 422,793 people living in South Carolina 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 Palmetto 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 South Carolina 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 South Carolina with highest rates of divorcees.

The 10 Cities In South Carolina With The Highest Divorce Rates

  1. Myrtle Beach (Photos)
  2. Union (Photos)
  3. Walterboro (Photos)
  4. Beaufort (Photos)
  5. Camden (Photos)
  6. North Augusta
  7. North Myrtle Beach (Photos)
  8. Easley (Photos)
  9. Gaffney (Photos)
  10. Seneca (Photos)

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

What is the city in South Carolina with the highest divorce rate? That would be Myrtle Beach, with 15.8% of people over 15 years of age being divorced, per the most recent census data.

What is the overall South Carolina divorce rate? According to the 2013-2017 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in South Carolina is 10.8%, which compares to the US divorce rate of 10.9%.

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

For more South Carolina reading, check out:

How We Determined The Places In South Carolina 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 63 places in South Carolina 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 South Carolina the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, Myrtle Beach.

And if you’re trying to avoid divorce, check out Tega Cay, the city with the lowest divorce rate in South Carolina.

Now on to a deeper look at the top ten.

Myrtle Beach, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 30,760
Divorce Rate: 15.8%
Divorcees: 4,374
Median Income: $39,006
More on Myrtle Beach: PhotosData

Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the east coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina. It is situated on the center of a large and continuous stretch of beach known as the Grand Strand in northeastern South Carolina.

Union, SC

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,926
Divorce Rate: 15.0%
Divorcees: 1,070
Median Income: $28,087
More on Union: PhotosData

The city of Union is the county seat of Union County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 8,393 at the 2010 census. It is the principal city of the Union Micropolitan Statistical Area, an which includes all of Union County and which is further included in the greater Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, South Carolina Combined Statistical Area.

Walterboro, SC

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 5,143
Divorce Rate: 14.6%
Divorcees: 675
Median Income: $28,929
More on Walterboro: PhotosData

Walterboro is a city in Colleton County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 5,398 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Colleton County. Walterboro is located 48 miles west of Charleston and is located near the ACE Basin region in the South Carolina Lowcountry.

Beaufort, SC

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 13,413
Divorce Rate: 14.4%
Divorcees: 1,738
Median Income: $47,452
More on Beaufort: PhotosData

Beaufort is a city in and the county seat of Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States. Chartered in 1711, it is the second-oldest city in South Carolina, behind Charleston. The city’s population was 12,361 in the 2010 census. It is a primary city within the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Camden, SC

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,000
Divorce Rate: 13.8%
Divorcees: 869
Median Income: $43,838
More on Camden: PhotosData

Camden is a city in Kershaw County, South Carolina, United States. It is the largest city and county seat of Kershaw County. The population was 7,126 in the 2016 census. It is part of the Columbia, South Carolina, Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 22,268
Divorce Rate: 13.6%
Divorcees: 2,725
Median Income: $51,863
More on North Augusta: Data

North Augusta is a city in Aiken and Edgefield counties in the U.S. state of South Carolina, on the north bank of the Savannah River. The population was 21,348 at the 2010 census. The city is included in the Central Savannah River Area and is part of the Augusta, Georgia metropolitan area.

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 15,510
Divorce Rate: 13.1%
Divorcees: 1,828
Median Income: $54,283
More on North Myrtle Beach: PhotosData

Easley, SC

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 20,521
Divorce Rate: 13.1%
Divorcees: 2,419
Median Income: $47,280
More on Easley: PhotosData

Easley is a city in Pickens County in the State of South Carolina. It is a principal city of the Greenville-Mauldin-Easley Metropolitan Statistical Area. Most of the city lies in Pickens County, with only a very small portion of the city in Anderson County.

Gaffney, SC

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 12,756
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 1,492
Median Income: $30,058
More on Gaffney: PhotosData

Gaffney is a town in and the seat of Cherokee County, South Carolina, United States, in the Upstate region of South Carolina. Gaffney is known as the “Peach Capital of South Carolina”. The population was 12,539 at the 2010 census, with an estimated population of 12,597 in 2014. It is the principal city of the Gaffney, South Carolina, Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Cherokee County and which is further included in the greater Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, South Carolina Combined Statistical Area.

Seneca, SC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 8,199
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 959
Median Income: $39,483
More on Seneca: PhotosData

Seneca is a city in Oconee County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 8,102 at the 2010 census. It is the principal city of the Seneca Micropolitan Statistical Area, an which includes all of Oconee County and which is further included in the greater Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, South Carolina Combined Statistical Area.

Getting Some Closure In South Carolina After Untying The Know

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

Detailed List Of The Cities With The Highest Divorce Rates In South Carolina

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Myrtle Beach, SC 15.8%
2 Union, SC 15.0%
3 Walterboro, SC 14.6%
4 Beaufort, SC 14.4%
5 Camden, SC 13.8%
6 North Augusta, SC 13.6%
7 North Myrtle Beach, SC 13.1%
8 Easley, SC 13.1%
9 Gaffney, SC 13.0%
10 Seneca, SC 13.0%
11 Hollywood, SC 12.9%
12 Lancaster, SC 12.8%
13 Simpsonville, SC 12.8%
14 York, SC 12.8%
15 Darlington, SC 12.3%
16 Summerville, SC 12.3%
17 Hanahan, SC 12.1%
18 Lexington, SC 12.0%
19 James Island, SC 11.9%
20 Hartsville, SC 11.9%
21 Greenwood, SC 11.9%
22 Anderson, SC 11.9%
23 Laurens, SC 11.9%
24 West Columbia, SC 11.8%
25 Greer, SC 11.7%
26 Greenville, SC 11.6%
27 Fort Mill, SC 11.5%
28 Georgetown, SC 11.4%
29 North Charleston, SC 11.4%
30 Spartanburg, SC 11.4%
31 Charleston, SC 11.2%
32 Clinton, SC 10.9%
33 Sumter, SC 10.8%
34 Mauldin, SC 10.7%
35 Rock Hill, SC 10.7%
36 Clover, SC 10.6%
37 Irmo, SC 10.3%
38 Cheraw, SC 10.2%
39 Forest Acres, SC 10.0%
40 Cayce, SC 10.0%
41 Lake City, SC 10.0%
42 Mount Pleasant, SC 9.9%
43 Aiken, SC 9.9%
44 Conway, SC 9.9%
45 Moncks Corner, SC 9.8%
46 Abbeville, SC 9.8%
47 Goose Creek, SC 9.6%
48 Hilton Head Island, SC 9.5%
49 Florence, SC 9.4%
50 Columbia, SC 8.8%
51 Bennettsville, SC 8.7%
52 Bluffton, SC 8.7%
53 Chester, SC 8.5%
54 Orangeburg, SC 8.5%
55 Dillon, SC 8.2%
56 Fountain Inn, SC 8.1%
57 Port Royal, SC 7.3%
58 Newberry, SC 7.0%
59 Central, SC 6.8%
60 Hardeeville, SC 6.6%
61 Marion, SC 6.3%
62 Clemson, SC 5.2%
63 Tega Cay, SC 5.2%

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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