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

We analyzed over 95 places in Tennessee 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 Tennessee 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 375,723 people living in Tennessee 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 Volunteer 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 Tennessee 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 Tennessee with highest rates of divorcees.

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

What is the city in Tennessee with the highest divorce rate? That would be McMinnville, with 16.0% of people over 15 years of age being divorced, per the most recent census data.

What is the overall Tennessee divorce rate? According to the 2015-2019 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Tennessee 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 Tennessee.

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Mcminnville, TN

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Population: 13,695
Divorce Rate: 16.0%
Divorcees: 1,752
Median Income: $35,909
More on Mcminnville:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Bolivar, TN

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Population: 5,031
Divorce Rate: 16.0%
Divorcees: 643
Median Income: $32,064
More on Bolivar:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Ripley, TN

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Population: 7,947
Divorce Rate: 15.0%
Divorcees: 953
Median Income: $33,533
More on Ripley:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Lawrenceburg, TN

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Population: 10,877
Divorce Rate: 15.0%
Divorcees: 1,305
Median Income: $34,086
More on Lawrenceburg:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Greeneville, TN

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Population: 14,942
Divorce Rate: 14.0%
Divorcees: 1,673
Median Income: $37,121
More on Greeneville:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Rockwood, TN

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Population: 5,423
Divorce Rate: 14.0%
Divorcees: 607
Median Income: $32,334
More on Rockwood:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Lexington, TN

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Population: 7,848
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 816
Median Income: $34,567
More on Lexington:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Brownsville, TN

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Population: 9,647
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 1,003
Median Income: $33,789
More on Brownsville:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Newport, TN

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Population: 6,848
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 712
Median Income: $24,124
More on Newport:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Harriman, TN

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Population: 6,126
Divorce Rate: 12.0%
Divorcees: 588
Median Income: $33,315
More on Harriman:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

How We Determined The Places In Tennessee 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 98 places in Tennessee 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 Tennessee the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, McMinnville.

And if you're trying to avoid divorce, check out Brentwood, the city with the lowest divorce rate in Tennessee.

Getting Some Closure In Tennessee After Untying The Know

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

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Mcminnville, TN 16.0%
2 Bolivar, TN 16.0%
3 Ripley, TN 15.0%
4 Lawrenceburg, TN 15.0%
5 Greeneville, TN 14.0%
6 Rockwood, TN 14.0%
7 Lexington, TN 13.0%
8 Brownsville, TN 13.0%
9 Newport, TN 13.0%
10 Harriman, TN 12.0%
11 Soddy-Daisy, TN 12.0%
12 Savannah, TN 12.0%
13 Milan, TN 12.0%
14 Dayton, TN 11.0%
15 Kingston, TN 11.0%
16 Greenbrier, TN 11.0%
17 Athens, TN 11.0%
18 Pulaski, TN 11.0%
19 Lenoir City, TN 10.0%
20 Lewisburg, TN 10.0%
21 Erwin, TN 10.0%
22 Elizabethton, TN 10.0%
23 Lafayette, TN 10.0%
24 Humboldt, TN 10.0%
25 Crossville, TN 10.0%
26 Red Bank, TN 10.0%
27 Dyersburg, TN 10.0%
28 Loudon, TN 9.0%
29 Kingsport, TN 9.0%
30 Union City, TN 9.0%
31 Sweetwater, TN 9.0%
32 Portland, TN 9.0%
33 La Follette, TN 9.0%
34 Morristown, TN 9.0%
35 Millersville, TN 9.0%
36 Clinton, TN 9.0%
37 Paris, TN 8.0%
38 Mount Carmel, TN 8.0%
39 Jackson, TN 8.0%
40 Jonesborough, TN 8.0%
41 Knoxville, TN 8.0%
42 Winchester, TN 8.0%
43 Henderson, TN 8.0%
44 Columbia, TN 8.0%
45 Goodlettsville, TN 8.0%
46 Cookeville, TN 8.0%
47 Covington, TN 8.0%
48 Dickson, TN 8.0%
49 Dunlap, TN 8.0%
50 Chattanooga, TN 8.0%
51 Fayetteville, TN 8.0%
52 Alcoa, TN 7.0%
53 Cleveland, TN 7.0%
54 Millington, TN 7.0%
55 Memphis, TN 7.0%
56 Maryville, TN 7.0%
57 Manchester, TN 7.0%
58 East Ridge, TN 7.0%
59 Lebanon, TN 7.0%
60 Shelbyville, TN 7.0%
61 Springfield, TN 7.0%
62 Tullahoma, TN 7.0%
63 Oak Ridge, TN 7.0%
64 Fairview, TN 6.0%
65 Smyrna, TN 6.0%
66 Gallatin, TN 6.0%
67 Hartsville/trousdale County, TN 6.0%
68 Church Hill, TN 6.0%
69 Johnson City, TN 6.0%
70 Nashville, TN 6.0%
71 Bristol, TN 5.0%
72 Sevierville, TN 5.0%
73 Atoka, TN 5.0%
74 Jefferson City, TN 5.0%
75 La Vergne, TN 5.0%
76 Lakeland, TN 5.0%
77 Munford, TN 5.0%
78 Hendersonville, TN 5.0%
79 White House, TN 5.0%
80 Bartlett, TN 4.0%
81 Signal Mountain, TN 4.0%
82 Collierville, TN 4.0%
83 Martin, TN 4.0%
84 Mckenzie, TN 4.0%
85 Pigeon Forge, TN 4.0%
86 Arlington, TN 4.0%
87 Oakland, TN 4.0%
88 Murfreesboro, TN 4.0%
89 Clarksville, TN 4.0%
90 Germantown, TN 3.0%
91 Thompson's Station, TN 3.0%
92 Farragut, TN 3.0%
93 Mount Juliet, TN 3.0%
94 Franklin, TN 3.0%
95 Collegedale, TN 3.0%
96 Spring Hill, TN 2.0%
97 Nolensville, TN 2.0%
98 Brentwood, TN 1.0%

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About Chris Kolmar

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