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 1,338,489 people living in Texas over fifteen years of age who are divorced. Or compare that to the 28,339,199 dAmericans who are already divorced in 2020.
A lot of people make the decision to run away – or simply split up – across the Lone Star 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 Texas 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 Texas 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 TX.
What is the city in Texas with the highest divorce rate? That would be Paris, with 14.0% of people over 15 years of age being divorced, per the most recent census data.
What is the overall Texas divorce rate? According to the 2014-2018 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Texas 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 Texas.
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How We Determined The Places In Texas 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 2014-2018 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 352 places in Texas 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 Texas the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, Paris.
And if you’re trying to avoid divorce, check out Melissa, the city with the lowest divorce rate in Texas.
Now on to a deeper look at the top ten.
Paris, Texas is a city and county seat of Lamar County, Texas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 25,171. It is situated in Northeast Texas at the western edge of the Piney Woods, and 98 miles northeast of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Physiographically, these regions are part of the West Gulf Coastal Plain.
Rockdale is a city in Milam County, Texas, United States. The population was 5,851 at the 2010 census. It is approximately 41 miles west of College Station.
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Median Income: $30,538
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Sinton is a city in and the county seat of San Patricio County, Texas, United States. The population was 5,665 at the 2010 census. It is named in honor of David Sinton.
Brady is a city in McCulloch County, Texas, United States. Brady refers to itself as “The Heart of Texas”, as it is the closest city to the geographical center of the state. The geographical center of Texas is about 15 miles northeast of Brady. The population was 5,528 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of McCulloch County.
Decatur is a city located in Wise County, Texas, United States. It is the county seat.
Gatesville is a city in and the county seat of Coryell County, Texas, United States. The population was 15,751 at the 2010 census. The city has five of the eight prisons and state jails for women operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. One of the facilities, the Mountain View Unit, has the state’s death row for women.
Giddings is the county seat of Lee County, Texas, United States situated on the intersection of U.S. Highways 77 and 290, 55 miles east of Austin. Its population was 5,665 at the 2010 census. The city’s motto is “Giddings Texas: Experience Hometown Hospitality”.
Kerrville is a city in Kerr County, Texas, United States. It is the county seat of Kerr County. As of 2016, the population of Kerrville is 23,434. Kerrville is named after James Kerr, a major in the Texas Revolution, and friend of settler-founder Joshua Brown, who settled in the area to start a shingle-making camp.
Getting Some Closure In Texas After Untying The Know
Besides just coming up with what we thought would be a great new blog/book title, “Untying the Knot In Texas: Life After Divorce”, we now have a sense of what places in the Lone Star 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 Texas 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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