The 10 Cities In West Virginia With The Highest Divorce Rates For 2021


We analyzed over 27 places in West Virginia 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 West Virginia 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 130,845 people living in West Virginia 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 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 West 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 West Virginia with highest rates of divorcees.

The 10 Cities In West Virginia With The Highest Divorce Rates

  1. Grafton (Photos)
  2. Moundsville (Photos)
  3. Dunbar
  4. Nitro (Photos)
  5. South Charleston (Photos)
  6. Beckley (Photos)
  7. St. Albans (Photos)
  8. Parkersburg (Photos)
  9. Clarksburg (Photos)
  10. Oak Hill (Photos)

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

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

What is the overall West Virginia divorce rate? According to the 2015-2019 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in West Virginia is 9.0%, which compares to the US divorce rate of 10.9%.

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

For more West Virginia reading, check out:

Grafton, WV

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,061
Divorce Rate: 16.0%
Divorcees: 647
Median Income: $36,951
More on Grafton:  Cost Of Living

Moundsville, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,486
Divorce Rate: 16.0%
Divorcees: 1,086
Median Income: $34,701
More on Moundsville:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,333
Divorce Rate: 15.0%
Divorcees: 879
Median Income: $44,009
More on Dunbar:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Nitro, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,997
Divorce Rate: 15.0%
Divorcees: 719
Median Income: $41,076
More on Nitro:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

South Charleston, WV

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 12,475
Divorce Rate: 14.0%
Divorcees: 1,397
Median Income: $53,713
More on South Charleston:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Beckley, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,452
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 1,711
Median Income: $39,455
More on Beckley:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

St. Albans, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,270
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 1,068
Median Income: $50,755
More on St. Albans:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Parkersburg, WV

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 30,021
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 3,122
Median Income: $35,778
More on Parkersburg:  Cost Of Living

Clarksburg, WV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 15,553
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 1,617
Median Income: $43,518
More on Clarksburg:  Cost Of Living

Oak Hill, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,336
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 866
Median Income: $39,296
More on Oak Hill:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

How We Determined The Places In West 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 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 27 places in West 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 West Virginia the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, Grafton.

And if you're trying to avoid divorce, check out Charles Town, the city with the lowest divorce rate in West Virginia.

Getting Some Closure In West 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 West Virginia: Life After Divorce", we now have a sense of what places in the 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 West 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.

For more West Virginia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Cities With The Highest Divorce Rates In West Virginia

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Grafton, WV 16.0%
2 Moundsville, WV 16.0%
3 Dunbar, WV 15.0%
4 Nitro, WV 15.0%
5 South Charleston, WV 14.0%
6 Beckley, WV 13.0%
7 St. Albans, WV 13.0%
8 Parkersburg, WV 13.0%
9 Clarksburg, WV 13.0%
10 Oak Hill, WV 13.0%
11 Charleston, WV 12.0%
12 Huntington, WV 12.0%
13 Elkins, WV 11.0%
14 Princeton, WV 10.0%
15 New Martinsville, WV 10.0%
16 Wheeling, WV 10.0%
17 Buckhannon, WV 10.0%
18 Bluefield, WV 10.0%
19 Hurricane, WV 8.0%
20 Fairmont, WV 8.0%
21 Bridgeport, WV 8.0%
22 Martinsburg, WV 7.0%
23 Vienna, WV 7.0%
24 Weirton, WV 6.0%
25 Keyser, WV 5.0%
26 Morgantown, WV 4.0%
27 Charles Town, WV 2.0%

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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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