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


We analyzed over 118 places in Washington 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 Washington 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.

Far.

Away.

But, don't just take my word for it, take the word of the some 296,164 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 2021.

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 Aberdeen, with 9.0% 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 2015-2019 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Washington 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 Washington.

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Aberdeen, WA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,456
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 1,184
Median Income: $44,444
More on Aberdeen:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Connell, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,517
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 397
Median Income: $51,154
More on Connell:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Sequim, WA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,248
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 521
Median Income: $40,155
More on Sequim:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Sumner, WA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,053
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 723
Median Income: $63,043
More on Sumner:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Kelso, WA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 12,123
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 872
Median Income: $39,044
More on Kelso:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,560
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 616
Median Income: $52,579
More on Airway Heights:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Wenatchee, WA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 34,188
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 2,188
Median Income: $53,167
More on Wenatchee:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Ocean Shores, WA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,975
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 382
Median Income: $46,144
More on Ocean Shores:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Sedro-Woolley, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,739
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 751
Median Income: $60,863
More on Sedro-Woolley:  Cost Of Living

Normandy Park, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,670
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 426
Median Income: $89,313
More on Normandy Park:  Cost Of Living

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 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 120 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, Aberdeen.

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

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 Aberdeen, WA 9.0%
2 Connell, WA 9.0%
3 Sequim, WA 9.0%
4 Sumner, WA 9.0%
5 Kelso, WA 9.0%
6 Airway Heights, WA 9.0%
7 Wenatchee, WA 8.0%
8 Ocean Shores, WA 8.0%
9 Sedro-Woolley, WA 8.0%
10 Normandy Park, WA 8.0%
11 Centralia, WA 8.0%
12 Moses Lake, WA 8.0%
13 Port Angeles, WA 8.0%
14 Spokane, WA 8.0%
15 Fircrest, WA 8.0%
16 Sultan, WA 8.0%
17 Snohomish, WA 8.0%
18 Monroe, WA 7.0%
19 Orting, WA 7.0%
20 Fife, WA 7.0%
21 Enumclaw, WA 7.0%
22 East Wenatchee, WA 7.0%
23 Longview, WA 7.0%
24 Hoquiam, WA 7.0%
25 Port Townsend, WA 7.0%
26 Prosser, WA 7.0%
27 Puyallup, WA 7.0%
28 Chehalis, WA 7.0%
29 Burlington, WA 7.0%
30 Union Gap, WA 7.0%
31 Lake Stevens, WA 6.0%
32 Tacoma, WA 6.0%
33 Liberty Lake, WA 6.0%
34 Walla Walla, WA 6.0%
35 Stanwood, WA 6.0%
36 Spokane Valley, WA 6.0%
37 Yakima, WA 6.0%
38 Shelton, WA 6.0%
39 Selah, WA 6.0%
40 Mount Vernon, WA 6.0%
41 Mountlake Terrace, WA 6.0%
42 Marysville, WA 6.0%
43 Tumwater, WA 6.0%
44 Milton, WA 6.0%
45 Everett, WA 6.0%
46 Kennewick, WA 5.0%
47 West Richland, WA 5.0%
48 Arlington, WA 5.0%
49 University Place, WA 5.0%
50 Auburn, WA 5.0%
51 Bremerton, WA 5.0%
52 Burien, WA 5.0%
53 Richland, WA 5.0%
54 Des Moines, WA 5.0%
55 Pacific, WA 5.0%
56 Olympia, WA 5.0%
57 Edgewood, WA 5.0%
58 Edmonds, WA 5.0%
59 Ellensburg, WA 5.0%
60 Ephrata, WA 5.0%
61 Clarkston, WA 5.0%
62 Ferndale, WA 5.0%
63 Maple Valley, WA 5.0%
64 Lynnwood, WA 5.0%
65 Yelm, WA 4.0%
66 Lakewood, WA 4.0%
67 Federal Way, WA 4.0%
68 Steilacoom, WA 4.0%
69 Seatac, WA 4.0%
70 Bellingham, WA 4.0%
71 Sunnyside, WA 4.0%
72 Renton, WA 4.0%
73 Kenmore, WA 4.0%
74 Lacey, WA 4.0%
75 Shoreline, WA 4.0%
76 Covington, WA 4.0%
77 Bothell, WA 4.0%
78 Gig Harbor, WA 4.0%
79 Woodland, WA 4.0%
80 Mukilteo, WA 4.0%
81 Woodinville, WA 4.0%
82 North Bend, WA 4.0%
83 Port Orchard, WA 4.0%
84 Anacortes, WA 4.0%
85 Lynden, WA 4.0%
86 Washougal, WA 3.0%
87 Battle Ground, WA 3.0%
88 Tukwila, WA 3.0%
89 Kent, WA 3.0%
90 Wapato, WA 3.0%
91 Lake Forest Park, WA 3.0%
92 Blaine, WA 3.0%
93 Kirkland, WA 3.0%
94 Bonney Lake, WA 3.0%
95 Toppenish, WA 3.0%
96 Vancouver, WA 3.0%
97 Mill Creek, WA 3.0%
98 Issaquah, WA 3.0%
99 Duvall, WA 3.0%
100 Dupont, WA 3.0%

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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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