Cities with highest divorce rate in West Virginia research summary. We analyzed West Virginia’s most recent Census data to determine the divorce rate for each city in West Virginia based on the percentage of currently divorced residents. Here are the results of our analysis:
The city with the highest divorce rate in West Virginia is South Charleston based on the most recent Census data.
South Charleston is 18.0% Divorced.
The city with the lowest divorce rate in West Virginia is Morgantown.
Morgantown is 3.0% Divorced.
West Virginia is 9.0% Divorced.
There are some 129,675 people living in West Virginia over fifteen years of age who are divorced. You can compare that to the 28,339,199 Americans who are currently divorced in 2023.
Many people decide to run away – or split up – across the Mountain State.
Isn’t the divorce rate in America close to 50%? Yes indeed. But we’re measuring something else; we are looking at counts and percentages of people over 15 years old who are currently divorced. That 50% statistic is for the percentage of people who have ever been divorced.
For today’s analysis, the focus will be on the number of currently divorced people.
So now that we have you biting your nails, rethinking your worldview, and pulling out your hair, let’s look at the places in West Virginia with the highest rates of divorcees.
Let’s quickly recap before we dive into the Saturday Night Science behind the data.
What is the city in West Virginia with the highest divorce rate? That would be South Charleston, with 18.0% 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 2017-2021 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.
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The 10 Places With The Highest Divorce Rate In West Virginia For 2023
How We Determined The Places In West Virginia That Get Un-Hitched The Most
Since this is the 58th category of rankings we are compiling for the site, we had a pretty good idea of 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 2017-2021 American Community Survey table S1201 — Marital Status.
Pretty straightforward on that front — we just had to extract the following column of data:
- Population 15 Years and Over -> Divorced
There are some interesting/fun/sad data 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 25 places in West Virginia with a population of over 5,000.
We ranked each place 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, South Charleston.
And if you’re trying to avoid divorce, check out Morgantown, the city with the lowest divorce rate in West Virginia.
We updated this article for 2023 and this is our fifth time ranking the cities in West Virginia with the highest divorce rates.