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

We analyzed over 27 places in West 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 193,970 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 2019.

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. South Charleston (Photos)
  3. Dunbar
  4. Clarksburg (Photos)
  5. Nitro (Photos)
  6. Parkersburg (Photos)
  7. Oak Hill (Photos)
  8. Moundsville (Photos)
  9. Huntington (Photos)
  10. Charleston (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 20.4% 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 2013-2017 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in West Virginia is 13.200000000000001%, 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:

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 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 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 Morgantown, the city with the lowest divorce rate in West Virginia.

Now on to a deeper look at the top ten.

Grafton, WV

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Population: 5,118
Divorce Rate: 20.4%
Divorcees: 939
Median Income: $31,627
More on Grafton: PhotosData

Grafton is a city in – and the county seat of – Taylor County, West Virginia, USA. The population was 5,164 at the 2010 census. Both of West Virginia’s national cemeteries are located in Grafton. Mother’s Day was founded in Grafton on May 10, 1908 and the city is home to the International Mother’s Day Shrine. Grafton was one of the first places to observe Memorial Day in the United States. Grafton originally developed as a junction point for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, serving numerous branches vital to the local coal industry.

South Charleston, WV

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Population: 12,902
Divorce Rate: 19.8%
Divorcees: 2,299
Median Income: $50,885
More on South Charleston: PhotosData

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Population: 7,571
Divorce Rate: 19.4%
Divorcees: 1,321
Median Income: $42,438
More on Dunbar: Data

Dunbar is a city in Kanawha County, West Virginia, along the Kanawha River. The population was 7,907 at the 2010 census.

Clarksburg, WV

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Population: 15,963
Divorce Rate: 18.3%
Divorcees: 2,629
Median Income: $40,068
More on Clarksburg: PhotosData

Clarksburg is a city in and the county seat of Harrison County, West Virginia, United States, in the north-central region of the state. The population of the city was 16,578 at the 2010 census. It is the principal city of the Clarksburg, WV Micropolitan Statistical Area, which had a population of 94,221 in 2014. Clarksburg was named National Small City of the Year in 2011 by the National League of Cities.

Nitro, WV

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Population: 6,534
Divorce Rate: 17.7%
Divorcees: 1,040
Median Income: $43,952
More on Nitro: PhotosData

Parkersburg, WV

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Population: 30,596
Divorce Rate: 17.5%
Divorcees: 4,818
Median Income: $36,414
More on Parkersburg: PhotosData

Parkersburg is a city in and the county seat of Wood County, West Virginia, United States. Located at the confluence of the Ohio and Little Kanawha rivers, it is the state’s third-largest city and the largest city in the Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna metropolitan area. The population was 31,492 at the 2010 census. Its peak of population was more than 44,000 in 1960. The city is about 14 miles south of Marietta, Ohio.

Oak Hill, WV

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Population: 8,565
Divorce Rate: 17.3%
Divorcees: 1,333
Median Income: $40,110
More on Oak Hill: PhotosData

Oak Hill is a city in Fayette County, West Virginia, United States and is the primary city within the Oak Hill, WV Micropolitan Statistical Area. The micropolitan area is also included in the Beckley-Oak Hill, WV Combined Statistical Area. The population was 7,730 at the 2010 census. Country singer Hank Williams was discovered to be dead while the car in which he was a passenger was stopped in Oak Hill, and Oak Hill is generally accepted to be his place of death.

Moundsville, WV

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Population: 8,737
Divorce Rate: 16.9%
Divorcees: 1,328
Median Income: $30,409
More on Moundsville: PhotosData

Moundsville is a city in Marshall County, West Virginia, along the Ohio River. It is part of the Wheeling, West Virginia metropolitan area. The population was 9,318 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Marshall County. The city was named for the nearby ancient Grave Creek Mound, constructed 250 to 100 BC by indigenous people of the Adena culture.

Moundsville was settled in 1771 by English colonists Samuel and James Tomlinson. Fostoria Glass Company was headquartered in Moundsville from 1891 to 1986. The retired West Virginia State Penitentiary operated in Moundsville from 1867 to 1995.

Huntington, WV

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Population: 48,034
Divorce Rate: 16.5%
Divorcees: 7,133
Median Income: $30,359
More on Huntington: PhotosData

Huntington is a city in Cabell County and Wayne County in the U.S. state of West Virginia. It is the county seat of Cabell County, and largest city in the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area, sometimes referred to as the Tri-State Area. A historic and bustling city of commerce and heavy industry, Huntington has long-flourished due to its ideal location on the Ohio River at the mouth of the Guyandotte River. It is home to the Port of Huntington Tri-State, the busiest inland port in the United States.

Charleston, WV

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Population: 49,384
Divorce Rate: 16.4%
Divorcees: 7,289
Median Income: $45,797
More on Charleston: PhotosData

Charleston is the state capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of West Virginia, and the county seat of Kanawha County. It is located at the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha Rivers. As of the 2013 Census Estimate, it had a population of 50,821, while its metropolitan area had 224,743. It is a center of government, commerce, and industry.

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.

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

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Grafton, WV 20.4%
2 South Charleston, WV 19.8%
3 Dunbar, WV 19.4%
4 Clarksburg, WV 18.3%
5 Nitro, WV 17.7%
6 Parkersburg, WV 17.5%
7 Oak Hill, WV 17.3%
8 Moundsville, WV 16.9%
9 Huntington, WV 16.5%
10 Charleston, WV 16.4%
11 Martinsburg, WV 16.3%
12 Beckley, WV 16.2%
13 Bluefield, WV 16.0%
14 Elkins, WV 15.9%
15 Princeton, WV 15.8%
16 Charles Town, WV 15.3%
17 Hurricane, WV 15.2%
18 St. Albans, WV 14.5%
19 Weirton, WV 14.5%
20 New Martinsville, WV 14.1%
21 Fairmont, WV 14.1%
22 Wheeling, WV 13.9%
23 Bridgeport, WV 12.7%
24 Buckhannon, WV 11.7%
25 Vienna, WV 10.7%
26 Keyser, WV 9.9%
27 Morgantown, WV 7.4%

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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