The 10 Cities In Tennessee With The Highest Divorce Rates For 2019

We analyzed over 95 places in Tennessee 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 654,460 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 2019.

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.

The 10 Cities In Tennessee With The Highest Divorce Rates

  1. McMinnville (Photos)
  2. Newport (Photos)
  3. Lawrenceburg (Photos)
  4. Lewisburg (Photos)
  5. Greeneville (Photos)
  6. Dickson (Photos)
  7. Rockwood (Photos)
  8. Ripley (Photos)
  9. Dayton (Photos)
  10. Red Bank (Photos)

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 23.7% 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 2013-2017 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Tennessee is 12.4%, 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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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 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 95 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 Arlington, the city with the lowest divorce rate in Tennessee.

Now on to a deeper look at the top ten.

Mcminnville, TN

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Population: 13,591
Divorce Rate: 23.7%
Divorcees: 2,898
Median Income: $32,460
More on Mcminnville: PhotosData

Newport, TN

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Population: 6,780
Divorce Rate: 21.4%
Divorcees: 1,305
Median Income: $22,127
More on Newport: PhotosData

Newport is a city in and the county seat of Cocke County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 6,945 at the 2010 census, down from 7,242 at the 2000 census. The estimated population in 2014 was 6,880. It is located along the Pigeon River.

Lawrenceburg, TN

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Population: 10,614
Divorce Rate: 20.0%
Divorcees: 1,910
Median Income: $32,045
More on Lawrenceburg: PhotosData

Lawrenceburg is a city in Lawrence County, Tennessee, United States, Lawrenceburg is the largest city on the state line between Chattanooga and Memphis. It sets on the banks of Shoal Creek. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city’s population was 10,428 in 2010, with an estimate of over 14,736 as of the end of 2016. Lawrenceburg is the county seat of Lawrence County. The city is named after War of 1812 American Navy officer James Lawrence.

Lewisburg, TN

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Population: 11,457
Divorce Rate: 18.8%
Divorcees: 1,938
Median Income: $37,466
More on Lewisburg: PhotosData

Lewisburg is a city in Marshall County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 11,371 in 2014. It is the county seat of Marshall County. Lewisburg is located in central Tennessee, forty-eight miles south of Nashville and fifty-two miles north of Huntsville, Alabama, along I-65.

Greeneville, TN

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Population: 14,895
Divorce Rate: 18.7%
Divorcees: 2,506
Median Income: $33,445
More on Greeneville: PhotosData

Greeneville is a town in, and the county seat of Greene County, Tennessee, United States. The population as of the 2010 census was 15,062. The town was named in honor of Revolutionary War hero Nathanael Greene. It is the only town with this spelling in the United States, although there are numerous U.S. towns named Greenville. The town was the capital of the short-lived State of Franklin in the 18th-century history of the Tennessee region.

Dickson, TN

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Population: 15,128
Divorce Rate: 18.0%
Divorcees: 2,450
Median Income: $40,071
More on Dickson: PhotosData

Dickson is a city in Dickson County, Tennessee, United States. It is part of the Nashville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population at the 2010 census was 14,538, with an estimate of 14,993 in 2014.

Rockwood, TN

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Population: 5,415
Divorce Rate: 17.7%
Divorcees: 862
Median Income: $30,777
More on Rockwood: PhotosData

Rockwood is a city in Roane County, Tennessee, United States. Its population was 5,562 at the 2010 census. It is included in the Harriman, Tennessee Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Ripley, TN

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Population: 8,148
Divorce Rate: 17.5%
Divorcees: 1,283
Median Income: $27,309
More on Ripley: PhotosData

Dayton, TN

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Population: 7,341
Divorce Rate: 17.4%
Divorcees: 1,149
Median Income: $33,240
More on Dayton: PhotosData

Dayton is a city and county seat in Rhea County, Tennessee, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 7,191. The Dayton Urban Cluster, which includes developed areas adjacent to the city and extends south to Graysville, had 10,174 people in 2010.

Red Bank, TN

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Population: 11,744
Divorce Rate: 17.3%
Divorcees: 1,828
Median Income: $37,640
More on Red Bank: PhotosData

Red Bank is a city in Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 12,418 at the 2000 census and 11,817 in 2012. Red Bank is an enclave, being entirely surrounded by the city limits of Chattanooga. Red Bank is part of the Chattanooga, TN-GA, Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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 23.7%
2 Newport, TN 21.4%
3 Lawrenceburg, TN 20.0%
4 Lewisburg, TN 18.8%
5 Greeneville, TN 18.7%
6 Dickson, TN 18.0%
7 Rockwood, TN 17.7%
8 Ripley, TN 17.5%
9 Dayton, TN 17.4%
10 Red Bank, TN 17.3%
11 Bolivar, TN 17.3%
12 Clinton, TN 17.1%
13 Dunlap, TN 17.0%
14 Alcoa, TN 17.0%
15 Savannah, TN 16.9%
16 Athens, TN 16.7%
17 Jonesborough, TN 16.5%
18 Paris, TN 16.5%
19 Kingsport, TN 16.4%
20 Lenoir City, TN 16.3%
21 Union City, TN 16.2%
22 Elizabethton, TN 16.2%
23 Crossville, TN 16.1%
24 Columbia, TN 15.9%
25 Bristol, TN 15.8%
26 Pulaski, TN 15.5%
27 Harriman, TN 15.5%
28 Millersville, TN 15.3%
29 Goodlettsville, TN 15.3%
30 Manchester, TN 15.2%
31 Sweetwater, TN 15.2%
32 Kingston, TN 15.1%
33 Lexington, TN 15.1%
34 Cleveland, TN 14.9%
35 Tullahoma, TN 14.9%
36 Smyrna, TN 14.9%
37 Brownsville, TN 14.8%
38 Church Hill, TN 14.8%
39 Greenbrier, TN 14.8%
40 Portland, TN 14.7%
41 Morristown, TN 14.7%
42 East Ridge, TN 14.4%
43 Cookeville, TN 14.3%
44 Dyersburg, TN 14.3%
45 Erwin, TN 14.3%
46 Winchester, TN 14.2%
47 La Follette, TN 14.1%
48 La Vergne, TN 14.1%
49 Sevierville, TN 14.0%
50 Knoxville, TN 14.0%
51 Milan, TN 14.0%
52 Maryville, TN 13.8%
53 Mckenzie, TN 13.7%
54 Lebanon, TN 13.6%
55 Shelbyville, TN 13.6%
56 Millington, TN 13.5%
57 Oak Ridge, TN 13.5%
58 Fayetteville, TN 13.5%
59 Hartsville/trousdale County, TN 13.4%
60 Mount Carmel, TN 13.2%
61 Chattanooga, TN 13.1%
62 Springfield, TN 13.1%
63 Pigeon Forge, TN 13.0%
64 Mount Juliet, TN 13.0%
65 Jackson, TN 13.0%
66 Covington, TN 13.0%
67 Humboldt, TN 12.8%
68 Hendersonville, TN 12.7%
69 Jefferson City, TN 12.7%
70 Johnson City, TN 12.7%
71 Gallatin, TN 12.4%
72 Clarksville, TN 12.3%
73 Fairview, TN 11.7%
74 Memphis, TN 11.6%
75 Atoka, TN 11.6%
76 Loudon, TN 11.4%
77 Henderson, TN 10.9%
78 Bartlett, TN 10.9%
79 Murfreesboro, TN 10.3%
80 Franklin, TN 10.2%
81 White House, TN 9.4%
82 Munford, TN 8.8%
83 Signal Mountain, TN 8.4%
84 Spring Hill, TN 8.1%
85 Oakland, TN 7.8%
86 Martin, TN 7.5%
87 Lakeland, TN 7.3%
88 Germantown, TN 7.0%
89 Collegedale, TN 6.5%
90 Collierville, TN 6.4%
91 Nolensville, TN 5.6%
92 Farragut, TN 5.2%
93 Brentwood, TN 4.9%
94 Forest Hills, TN 4.9%
95 Arlington, TN 4.7%

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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