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

We analyzed over 141 places in Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin 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.



But, don't just take my word for it, take the word of the some 324,280 people living in Wisconsin 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 Badger 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 Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin 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 WI.

What is the city in Wisconsin with the highest divorce rate? That would be Antigo, with 15.0% of people over 15 years of age being divorced, per the most recent census data.

What is the overall Wisconsin divorce rate? According to the 2015-2019 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Wisconsin is 7.000000000000001%, which compares to the US divorce rate of 10.9%.

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

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Antigo, WI

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Population: 7,780
Divorce Rate: 15.0%
Divorcees: 933
Median Income: $39,863
More on Antigo:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Richland Center, WI

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Population: 5,019
Divorce Rate: 15.0%
Divorcees: 602
Median Income: $45,038
More on Richland Center:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Jackson, WI

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Population: 7,081
Divorce Rate: 14.0%
Divorcees: 793
Median Income: $70,974
More on Jackson:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Wisconsin Rapids, WI

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Population: 17,770
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 1,848
Median Income: $42,531
More on Wisconsin Rapids:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Rice Lake, WI

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Population: 8,367
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 870
Median Income: $44,515
More on Rice Lake:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

New London, WI

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Population: 6,879
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Divorcees: 715
Median Income: $48,379
More on New London:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Slinger, WI

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Population: 5,389
Divorce Rate: 12.0%
Divorcees: 517
Median Income: $78,387
More on Slinger:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Port Washington, WI

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Population: 11,761
Divorce Rate: 12.0%
Divorcees: 1,129
Median Income: $68,167
More on Port Washington:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Sparta, WI

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Population: 9,717
Divorce Rate: 12.0%
Divorcees: 932
Median Income: $50,156
More on Sparta:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

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Population: 5,550
Divorce Rate: 12.0%
Divorcees: 532
Median Income: $65,641
More on Edgerton:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

How We Determined The Places In Wisconsin 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 142 places in Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, Antigo.

And if you're trying to avoid divorce, check out Twin Lakes, the city with the lowest divorce rate in Wisconsin.

Getting Some Closure In Wisconsin After Untying The Know

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

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Antigo, WI 15.0%
2 Richland Center, WI 15.0%
3 Jackson, WI 14.0%
4 Wisconsin Rapids, WI 13.0%
5 Rice Lake, WI 13.0%
6 New London, WI 13.0%
7 Slinger, WI 12.0%
8 Port Washington, WI 12.0%
9 Sparta, WI 12.0%
10 Edgerton, WI 12.0%
11 Delafield, WI 12.0%
12 Cudahy, WI 12.0%
13 Two Rivers, WI 12.0%
14 Plymouth, WI 12.0%
15 Waupaca, WI 12.0%
16 Kimberly, WI 11.0%
17 West Allis, WI 11.0%
18 Oregon, WI 11.0%
19 Hartford, WI 11.0%
20 Hales Corners, WI 11.0%
21 Pewaukee, WI 11.0%
22 Shawano, WI 11.0%
23 Neenah, WI 11.0%
24 West Bend, WI 11.0%
25 Beaver Dam, WI 11.0%
26 Merrill, WI 11.0%
27 Monroe, WI 10.0%
28 Ripon, WI 10.0%
29 Fond Du Lac, WI 10.0%
30 Hobart, WI 10.0%
31 Kaukauna, WI 10.0%
32 Prairie Du Chien, WI 10.0%
33 Milton, WI 10.0%
34 Greenfield, WI 10.0%
35 Janesville, WI 10.0%
36 Fort Atkinson, WI 10.0%
37 Marshfield, WI 10.0%
38 South Milwaukee, WI 10.0%
39 St. Francis, WI 10.0%
40 Oshkosh, WI 10.0%
41 Menasha, WI 10.0%
42 Little Chute, WI 10.0%
43 Tomah, WI 10.0%
44 Manitowoc, WI 10.0%
45 Sheboygan Falls, WI 10.0%
46 Mukwonago, WI 9.0%
47 North Fond Du Lac, WI 9.0%
48 Portage, WI 9.0%
49 Jefferson, WI 9.0%
50 Marinette, WI 9.0%
51 Rothschild, WI 9.0%
52 Monona, WI 9.0%
53 Rhinelander, WI 9.0%
54 Sheboygan, WI 9.0%
55 Evansville, WI 9.0%
56 Stoughton, WI 9.0%
57 Sturgeon Bay, WI 9.0%
58 Cottage Grove, WI 9.0%
59 Ashland, WI 9.0%
60 Baraboo, WI 9.0%
61 Bellevue, WI 9.0%
62 Howard, WI 9.0%
63 Wausau, WI 9.0%
64 Berlin, WI 9.0%
65 Weston, WI 8.0%
66 Racine, WI 8.0%
67 Oak Creek, WI 8.0%
68 Waukesha, WI 8.0%
69 Waterford, WI 8.0%
70 Oconomowoc, WI 8.0%
71 Superior, WI 8.0%
72 Sturtevant, WI 8.0%
73 Waupun, WI 8.0%
74 Watertown, WI 8.0%
75 Middleton, WI 8.0%
76 Deforest, WI 8.0%
77 Green Bay, WI 8.0%
78 Menomonie, WI 8.0%
79 Greendale, WI 8.0%
80 Beloit, WI 8.0%
81 Holmen, WI 8.0%
82 Chippewa Falls, WI 8.0%
83 Burlington, WI 8.0%
84 Allouez, WI 7.0%
85 Germa, WI 7.0%
86 Grafton, WI 7.0%
87 Sussex, WI 7.0%
88 Hartland, WI 7.0%
89 Reedsburg, WI 7.0%
90 Kenosha, WI 7.0%
91 La Crosse, WI 7.0%
92 Plover, WI 7.0%
93 Waunakee, WI 7.0%
94 Mount Pleasant, WI 7.0%
95 Altoona, WI 7.0%
96 West Salem, WI 7.0%
97 Appleton, WI 7.0%
98 Wauwatosa, WI 7.0%
99 Menomonee Falls, WI 7.0%
100 Ashwaubenon, WI 7.0%

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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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