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

We analyzed over 21 places in Vermont 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 Vermont 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 29,967 people living in Vermont 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 Green Mountain 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 Vermont 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 Vermont 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 VT.

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

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

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Swanton, VT

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Population: 2,450
Divorce Rate: 16.0%
Divorcees: 313
Median Income: $55,868
More on Swanton:  | Crime Report

Lyndonville, VT

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Population: 1,411
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 146
Median Income: $33,550
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Barre, VT

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Population: 8,646
Divorce Rate: 12.0%
Divorcees: 830
Median Income: $38,142
More on Barre:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Newport, VT

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Population: 4,305
Divorce Rate: 12.0%
Divorcees: 413
Median Income: $37,500
More on Newport:  | Crime Report

St. Albans, VT

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Population: 6,804
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 598
Median Income: $53,647
More on St. Albans:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Enosburg Falls, VT

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Population: 1,402
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 112
Median Income: $53,583
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Bellows Falls, VT

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Population: 3,007
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 216
Median Income: $33,286
More on Bellows Falls:  | Crime Report

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Population: 1,103
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 70
Median Income: $47,188
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Vergennes, VT

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Population: 2,596
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 166
Median Income: $63,920
More on Vergennes:  | Crime Report

Rutland, VT

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Population: 15,398
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 985
Median Income: $48,212
More on Rutland:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

How We Determined The Places In Vermont 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 21 places in Vermont 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 Vermont the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, Swanton.

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

Getting Some Closure In Vermont After Untying The Know

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

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Swanton, VT 16.0%
2 Lyndonville, VT 13.0%
3 Barre, VT 12.0%
4 Newport, VT 12.0%
5 St. Albans, VT 11.0%
6 Enosburg Falls, VT 10.0%
7 Bellows Falls, VT 9.0%
8 Orleans, VT 8.0%
9 Vergennes, VT 8.0%
10 Rutland, VT 8.0%
11 Jericho, VT 7.0%
12 Johnson, VT 6.0%
13 Morrisville, VT 6.0%
14 South Burlington, VT 5.0%
15 Essex Junction, VT 4.0%
16 North Bennington, VT 4.0%
17 Winooski, VT 3.0%
18 Montpelier, VT 3.0%
19 Burlington, VT 3.0%
20 Poultney, VT 3.0%
21 Woodstock, VT 0.0%

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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.

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