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

We analyzed over 62 places in Virginia 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 675,968 people living in Virginia 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 Old Dominion.

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 Virginia 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 Virginia with highest rates of divorcees.

The 10 Cities In Virginia With The Highest Divorce Rates

  1. Marion (Photos)
  2. Galax (Photos)
  3. Vinton (Photos)
  4. Abingdon (Photos)
  5. Woodstock (Photos)
  6. Warrenton (Photos)
  7. Roanoke (Photos)
  8. Wytheville (Photos)
  9. Front Royal (Photos)
  10. Bristol (Photos)

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

What is the city in Virginia with the highest divorce rate? That would be Marion, with 18.4% of people over 15 years of age being divorced, per the most recent census data.

What is the overall Virginia divorce rate? According to the 2013-2017 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Virginia is 10.100000000000001%, which compares to the US divorce rate of 10.9%.

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

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How We Determined The Places In Virginia 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 62 places in Virginia 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 Virginia the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, Marion.

And if you’re trying to avoid divorce, check out Farmville, the city with the lowest divorce rate in Virginia.

Now on to a deeper look at the top ten.

Marion, VA

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Population: 5,814
Divorce Rate: 18.4%
Divorcees: 962
Median Income: $31,933
More on Marion: PhotosData

Marion is a town in Smyth County, Virginia, United States. The population was 6,033 according to a 2017 count- not estimate- using local resources, information and current data. It is the county seat. The town is named for American Revolutionary War officer Francis Marion.

Galax, VA

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Population: 6,788
Divorce Rate: 17.0%
Divorcees: 1,038
Median Income: $31,311
More on Galax: PhotosData

Galax is an independent city in the southwestern part of the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 7,042. In 2015 the estimated population was 6,941.

Vinton, VA

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Population: 8,069
Divorce Rate: 15.8%
Divorcees: 1,147
Median Income: $44,389
More on Vinton: PhotosData

Abingdon, VA

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Population: 8,044
Divorce Rate: 15.1%
Divorcees: 1,093
Median Income: $38,338
More on Abingdon: PhotosData

Abingdon is a town in Washington County, Virginia, United States, 133 miles southwest of Roanoke. The population was 8,191 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Washington County. The town encompasses several historically significant sites and features a fine arts and crafts scene centered on the galleries and museums along Main Street.

Woodstock, VA

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Population: 5,169
Divorce Rate: 14.8%
Divorcees: 688
Median Income: $36,104
More on Woodstock: PhotosData

Woodstock is a town in Shenandoah County, Virginia, United States. It has a population of 5,097 according to the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Shenandoah County.

Warrenton, VA

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Population: 9,854
Divorce Rate: 14.7%
Divorcees: 1,303
Median Income: $70,863
More on Warrenton: PhotosData

Warrenton is a town in Fauquier County, Virginia, United States. The population was 9,611 at the 2010 census, up from 6,670 at the 2000 census. The estimated population in 2015 was 9,897. Warrenton is the county seat of Fauquier County. It is at the junction of U.S. Route 15, U.S. Route 17, U.S. Route 29, and U.S. Route 211. The town is in the Piedmont region of Virginia, east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The well-known Airlie Conference Center is 3 miles north of Warrenton, and the historic Vint Hill Farms military facility is 9 miles east. Fauquier Hospital is located in the town. Surrounded by Virginia wine and horse country, Warrenton is a popular destination outside Washington, D.C.

Roanoke, VA

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Population: 99,572
Divorce Rate: 14.7%
Divorcees: 13,173
Median Income: $41,483
More on Roanoke: PhotosData

Roanoke is an independent city in the U.S. state of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 97,032. It is located in the Roanoke Valley of the Roanoke Region of Virginia.

Wytheville, VA

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Population: 8,041
Divorce Rate: 14.5%
Divorcees: 1,049
Median Income: $47,273
More on Wytheville: PhotosData

Wytheville is a town in, and the county seat of, Wythe County, Virginia, United States. It is named after George Wythe, a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence, and mentor to Thomas Jefferson. Wytheville’s population was 8,211 at the 2010 census. Located at the intersection of Interstate Highways 77 and 81, the town has long been a crossroads for travelers. During the American Civil War, Wytheville had a strategic importance, and was attacked in 1863 and 1865. The town is also the birthplace of Edith Bolling Wilson, wife of President Woodrow Wilson.

Front Royal, VA

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Population: 15,027
Divorce Rate: 14.5%
Divorcees: 1,961
Median Income: $49,631
More on Front Royal: PhotosData

Front Royal is a town in Warren County, Virginia, United States. The population was 14,440 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Warren County.

Bristol, VA

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Population: 17,077
Divorce Rate: 14.4%
Divorcees: 2,213
Median Income: $37,844
More on Bristol: PhotosData

Bristol is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,835. It is the twin city of Bristol, Tennessee, just across the state line, which runs down the middle of its main street, State Street. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Bristol, Virginia, with neighboring Washington County, Virginia, for statistical purposes. Bristol is a principal city of the Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is a component of the Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA Combined Statistical Area – commonly known as the “Tri-Cities” region.

Getting Some Closure In Virginia After Untying The Know

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

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Marion, VA 18.4%
2 Galax, VA 17.0%
3 Vinton, VA 15.8%
4 Abingdon, VA 15.1%
5 Woodstock, VA 14.8%
6 Warrenton, VA 14.7%
7 Roanoke, VA 14.7%
8 Wytheville, VA 14.5%
9 Front Royal, VA 14.5%
10 Bristol, VA 14.4%
11 Richlands, VA 14.3%
12 Martinsville, VA 14.2%
13 Salem, VA 14.1%
14 Dumfries, VA 14.1%
15 Emporia, VA 13.6%
16 Portsmouth, VA 13.5%
17 Hampton, VA 13.3%
18 Franklin, VA 13.3%
19 Strasburg, VA 13.0%
20 Winchester, VA 13.0%
21 Christiansburg, VA 13.0%
22 Hopewell, VA 13.0%
23 Petersburg, VA 13.0%
24 Staunton, VA 12.8%
25 Waynesboro, VA 12.8%
26 Ashland, VA 12.8%
27 Covington, VA 12.7%
28 Danville, VA 12.4%
29 Bluefield, VA 12.4%
30 Pulaski, VA 12.3%
31 Newport News, VA 12.2%
32 Colonial Heights, VA 12.2%
33 Richmond, VA 12.1%
34 Fredericksburg, VA 11.4%
35 Virginia Beach, VA 11.2%
36 Norfolk, VA 11.1%
37 Culpeper, VA 10.9%
38 Alexandria, VA 10.5%
39 Manassas Park, VA 10.4%
40 Falls Church, VA 10.4%
41 South Boston, VA 10.3%
42 Chesapeake, VA 10.2%
43 Charlottesville, VA 9.7%
44 Lynchburg, VA 9.7%
45 Big Stone Gap, VA 9.6%
46 Poquoson, VA 9.6%
47 Suffolk, VA 9.5%
48 Radford, VA 9.1%
49 Herndon, VA 8.9%
50 Williamsburg, VA 8.8%
51 Leesburg, VA 8.7%
52 Fairfax, VA 8.0%
53 Purcellville, VA 7.9%
54 Smithfield, VA 7.9%
55 Manassas, VA 7.9%
56 Harrisonburg, VA 7.4%
57 Lexington, VA 6.6%
58 Bridgewater, VA 6.5%
59 Buena Vista, VA 6.3%
60 Vienna, VA 6.2%
61 Blacksburg, VA 4.2%
62 Farmville, VA 3.7%

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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