Cities In Virginia With The Highest Divorce Rates For 2020


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.

Far.

Away.

But, don’t just take my word for it, take the word of the some 336,550 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 2020.

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. Emporia (Photos)
  3. Franklin (Photos)
  4. Vinton (Photos)
  5. Roanoke (Photos)
  6. Richlands (Photos)
  7. Danville (Photos)
  8. Front Royal (Photos)
  9. Galax (Photos)
  10. Woodstock (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 12.0% 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 2014-2018 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Virginia is 5.0%, which compares to the US divorce rate of 10.9%.

Alrighty, on to how we calculated the places with the highest divorce rates in 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 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 61 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 Falls Church, the city with the lowest divorce rate in Virginia.

Now on to a deeper look at the top ten.

Marion, VA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,787
Divorce Rate: 12.0%
Divorcees: 555
Median Income: $33,138
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.

Emporia, VA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,381
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 473
Median Income: $30,857
More on Emporia: PhotosData

Emporia is an independent city located within the confines of Greensville County, Virginia, United States. It and a predecessor town have been the county seat of Greensville County since 1791. As of the 2010 census, the population was 5,927, making it the second-least populous city in Virginia. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Emporia with surrounding Greensville county for statistical purposes.

Franklin, VA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,211
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 722
Median Income: $40,375
More on Franklin: PhotosData

Franklin is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,582. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Franklin with Southampton County for statistical purposes.

Vinton, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 8,074
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 645
Median Income: $48,186
More on Vinton: PhotosData

Roanoke, VA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 99,621
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 7,969
Median Income: $43,028
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.

Richlands, VA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 5,439
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 435
Median Income: $30,149
More on Richlands: PhotosData

Richlands is a town in Tazewell County, Virginia, United States. The population was 5,823 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Bluefield, WV-VA micropolitan area which has a population of 107,578.

Danville, VA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 41,512
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 2,988
Median Income: $36,301
More on Danville: PhotosData

Danville is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 43,055. It is bounded by Pittsylvania County, Virginia and Caswell County, North Carolina. It hosts the Danville Braves baseball club of the Appalachian League.

Front Royal, VA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 15,240
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 1,097
Median Income: $52,717
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.

Galax, VA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 6,638
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 477
Median Income: $31,938
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.

Woodstock, VA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,192
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 373
Median Income: $36,659
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.

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 12.0%
2 Emporia, VA 11.0%
3 Franklin, VA 11.0%
4 Vinton, VA 10.0%
5 Roanoke, VA 10.0%
6 Richlands, VA 10.0%
7 Danville, VA 9.0%
8 Front Royal, VA 9.0%
9 Galax, VA 9.0%
10 Woodstock, VA 9.0%
11 Wytheville, VA 9.0%
12 Pulaski, VA 9.0%
13 Salem, VA 9.0%
14 Martinsville, VA 9.0%
15 Portsmouth, VA 8.0%
16 South Boston, VA 8.0%
17 Petersburg, VA 8.0%
18 Abingdon, VA 8.0%
19 Buena Vista, VA 8.0%
20 Ashland, VA 8.0%
21 Big Stone Gap, VA 8.0%
22 Waynesboro, VA 7.0%
23 Strasburg, VA 7.0%
24 Staunton, VA 7.0%
25 Richmond, VA 7.0%
26 Hopewell, VA 7.0%
27 Bristol, VA 7.0%
28 Christiansburg, VA 7.0%
29 Colonial Heights, VA 7.0%
30 Winchester, VA 6.0%
31 Suffolk, VA 6.0%
32 Lynchburg, VA 6.0%
33 Covington, VA 6.0%
34 Hampton, VA 6.0%
35 Chesapeake, VA 5.0%
36 Newport News, VA 5.0%
37 Norfolk, VA 5.0%
38 Charlottesville, VA 5.0%
39 Poquoson, VA 5.0%
40 Smithfield, VA 5.0%
41 Radford, VA 5.0%
42 Warrenton, VA 5.0%
43 Culpeper, VA 5.0%
44 Lexington, VA 4.0%
45 Dumfries, VA 4.0%
46 Harrisonburg, VA 3.0%
47 Virginia Beach, VA 3.0%
48 Farmville, VA 3.0%
49 Fredericksburg, VA 3.0%
50 Williamsburg, VA 3.0%
51 Manassas, VA 2.0%
52 Blacksburg, VA 2.0%
53 Bridgewater, VA 2.0%
54 Leesburg, VA 2.0%
55 Manassas Park, VA 2.0%
56 Vienna, VA 1.0%
57 Alexandria, VA 1.0%
58 Herndon, VA 1.0%
59 Purcellville, VA 1.0%
60 Fairfax, VA 1.0%
61 Falls Church, VA 1.0%

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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.

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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