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

We analyzed over 118 places in Washington 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 676,844 people living in Washington 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 Evergreen 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 Washington 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 Washington 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 WA.

What is the city in Washington with the highest divorce rate? That would be Clarkston, with 22.7% of people over 15 years of age being divorced, per the most recent census data.

What is the overall Washington divorce rate? According to the 2013-2017 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Washington is 11.799999999999999%, which compares to the US divorce rate of 10.9%.

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

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How We Determined The Places In Washington 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 118 places in Washington 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 Washington the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, Clarkston.

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

Now on to a deeper look at the top ten.

Clarkston, WA

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Population: 7,344
Divorce Rate: 22.7%
Divorcees: 1,500
Median Income: $35,000
More on Clarkston: PhotosData

Clarkston is a city in Asotin County, Washington, United States. It is part of the Lewiston metropolitan area, and is located west of Lewiston, Idaho, across the Snake River.

Port Townsend, WA

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Population: 9,315
Divorce Rate: 20.9%
Divorcees: 1,752
Median Income: $50,330
More on Port Townsend: PhotosData

Port Townsend is a city in Jefferson County, Washington, United States. The population was 9,113 at the 2010 census, an increase of 9.3% over the 2000 census. It is the county seat and only incorporated city of Jefferson County. In addition to its natural scenery at the northeast tip of the Olympic Peninsula, the city is also known for the many Victorian buildings remaining from its late 19th century heyday, numerous annual cultural events, and as a maritime center for independent boatbuilders and related industries and crafts. The Port Townsend Historic District is a U.S. National Historic Landmark District.

Ocean Shores, WA

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Population: 5,714
Divorce Rate: 19.8%
Divorcees: 1,018
Median Income: $40,451
More on Ocean Shores: PhotosData

Ocean Shores is a city in Grays Harbor County, Washington, United States. The population was 5,569 at the 2010 census.

Sequim, WA

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Population: 6,819
Divorce Rate: 19.7%
Divorcees: 1,209
Median Income: $38,485
More on Sequim: PhotosData

Sequim is a city in Clallam County, Washington, United States. The 2010 census counted a population of 6,606. Sequim with the surrounding area has a population of about 28,000. Sequim is located along the Dungeness River near the base of the Olympic Mountains. The population served by the Sequim School District population is a little over 29,000. The city has been increasing in population in recent years due to the influx of retirees seeking good weather and a relaxed lifestyle.

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Population: 8,017
Divorce Rate: 18.5%
Divorcees: 1,334
Median Income: $49,844
More on Airway Heights: Data

Airway Heights is a city in Spokane County, Washington, United States, just west of Spokane. The population was 6,114 at the 2010 census. The city’s name was taken from its close proximity to the runways at Fairchild Air Force Base and Spokane International Airport.

Enumclaw, WA

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Population: 11,670
Divorce Rate: 18.5%
Divorcees: 1,943
Median Income: $55,082
More on Enumclaw: PhotosData

Enumclaw EE-nm-klaw) is a city in King County, Washington, United States. The population was 10,669 at the 2010 census. The 2015 estimate is 11,609.

Hoquiam, WA

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Population: 8,416
Divorce Rate: 18.4%
Divorcees: 1,393
Median Income: $40,301
More on Hoquiam: PhotosData

Hoquiam is a city in Grays Harbor County, Washington, United States. The town borders the city of Aberdeen at Myrtle Street, with Hoquiam to the west. The two cities share a common economic history in lumbering and exporting, but Hoquiam has maintained its independent identity. Aberdeen is more populated, but the two cities have a long rivalry, especially in high school sports.

Snohomish, WA

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Population: 9,713
Divorce Rate: 18.3%
Divorcees: 1,599
Median Income: $59,310
More on Snohomish: PhotosData

Snohomish is a city in Snohomish County, Washington, United States. The population was 9,098 at the 2010 census. The mayor of Snohomish is John T. Kartak and the interim city administrator is Steve Schuller. Snohomish prides itself for its historical downtown, and is known for its many antique shops. Snohomish is also referred to as the “Antique Capital of the Northwest.” The historic business and residential center of the town constitutes the Snohomish Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Many houses bear plaques with the year the house was built and the name of the people who originally occupied it. Each year the city gives tours of the historic houses; one of them, the Blackman House, is a year-round museum. A general aviation airfield, Harvey Airfield, is less than one mile southwest of downtown Snohomish.

Moses Lake, WA

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Population: 22,038
Divorce Rate: 17.8%
Divorcees: 3,530
Median Income: $49,851
More on Moses Lake: PhotosData

Moses Lake is a city in Grant County, Washington, United States. The population was 20,366 as of the 2010 census. Moses Lake is the largest city in Grant County. The city anchors the Moses Lake Micropolitan area, which includes all of Grant County, and is part of the Moses Lake-Othello combined statistical area.

Centralia, WA

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Population: 16,771
Divorce Rate: 17.7%
Divorcees: 2,671
Median Income: $39,324
More on Centralia: PhotosData

Centralia is a city in Lewis County, Washington, United States. The population was 16,336 at the 2010 census.

Getting Some Closure In Washington After Untying The Know

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

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Clarkston, WA 22.7%
2 Port Townsend, WA 20.9%
3 Ocean Shores, WA 19.8%
4 Sequim, WA 19.7%
5 Airway Heights, WA 18.5%
6 Enumclaw, WA 18.5%
7 Hoquiam, WA 18.4%
8 Snohomish, WA 18.3%
9 Moses Lake, WA 17.8%
10 Centralia, WA 17.7%
11 Port Angeles, WA 17.5%
12 Chehalis, WA 17.1%
13 Longview, WA 17.0%
14 Kelso, WA 16.8%
15 Orting, WA 16.8%
16 Connell, WA 16.5%
17 Olympia, WA 16.4%
18 Shelton, WA 16.3%
19 Sumner, WA 16.3%
20 Everett, WA 16.2%
21 Spokane, WA 15.8%
22 Bremerton, WA 15.8%
23 Aberdeen, WA 15.6%
24 Fircrest, WA 15.6%
25 Burlington, WA 15.6%
26 Puyallup, WA 15.5%
27 Steilacoom, WA 15.5%
28 Milton, WA 15.3%
29 College Place, WA 15.2%
30 Fife, WA 15.1%
31 Tacoma, WA 15.0%
32 Blaine, WA 14.7%
33 Vancouver, WA 14.6%
34 Mountlake Terrace, WA 14.5%
35 Spokane Valley, WA 14.2%
36 Lakewood, WA 14.2%
37 East Wenatchee, WA 13.5%
38 Mount Vernon, WA 13.5%
39 Wenatchee, WA 13.4%
40 Tumwater, WA 13.4%
41 Lynnwood, WA 13.3%
42 Poulsbo, WA 13.2%
43 Ferndale, WA 13.2%
44 Issaquah, WA 13.2%
45 Stanwood, WA 13.0%
46 Walla Walla, WA 12.9%
47 Auburn, WA 12.9%
48 Marysville, WA 12.8%
49 Ephrata, WA 12.8%
50 Yakima, WA 12.8%
51 Monroe, WA 12.8%
52 Union Gap, WA 12.8%
53 Anacortes, WA 12.8%
54 Lake Stevens, WA 12.7%
55 University Place, WA 12.6%
56 Normandy Park, WA 12.5%
57 Shoreline, WA 12.5%
58 Mukilteo, WA 12.4%
59 Edmonds, WA 12.3%
60 Selah, WA 12.0%
61 Burien, WA 11.9%
62 Des Moines, WA 11.9%
63 Battle Ground, WA 11.9%
64 Woodland, WA 11.8%
65 Lacey, WA 11.7%
66 Bainbridge Island, WA 11.6%
67 Oak Harbor, WA 11.6%
68 Richland, WA 11.5%
69 Kennewick, WA 11.5%
70 Renton, WA 11.4%
71 Arlington, WA 11.4%
72 Lynden, WA 11.3%
73 Federal Way, WA 11.3%
74 Seatac, WA 11.2%
75 Kirkland, WA 11.2%
76 West Richland, WA 11.1%
77 Prosser, WA 11.0%
78 Camas, WA 10.9%
79 Liberty Lake, WA 10.8%
80 Bellingham, WA 10.6%
81 Pacific, WA 10.6%
82 Covington, WA 10.5%
83 Bothell, WA 10.4%
84 Woodinville, WA 10.3%
85 Washougal, WA 10.3%
86 Kenmore, WA 10.3%
87 Maple Valley, WA 10.2%
88 Pasco, WA 10.1%
89 Seattle, WA 10.1%
90 Tukwila, WA 10.1%
91 Port Orchard, WA 10.1%
92 Kent, WA 10.1%
93 Gig Harbor, WA 10.0%
94 Dupont, WA 9.8%
95 Bonney Lake, WA 9.8%
96 Lake Forest Park, WA 9.8%
97 Newcastle, WA 9.7%
98 Edgewood, WA 9.7%
99 North Bend, WA 9.4%
100 Yelm, WA 9.3%

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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.


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