The 10 Cities In Wisconsin With The Highest Divorce Rates For 2019

We analyzed over 141 places in Wisconsin 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 493,331 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 2019.

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 Tomah, with 18.5% 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 2013-2017 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Wisconsin is 10.7%, 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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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 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 141 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, Tomah.

And if you’re trying to avoid divorce, check out Whitewater, the city with the lowest divorce rate in Wisconsin.

Now on to a deeper look at the top ten.

Tomah, WI

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Population: 9,347
Divorce Rate: 18.5%
Divorcees: 1,556
Median Income: $45,876
More on Tomah: PhotosData

Tomah is a city in Monroe County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 9,093 as of the 2010 census. The city is surrounded by the Town of Tomah and the Town of La Grange. Much of the city’s commercial, retail, and residential development over the last 40 years has occurred in the northern half of the city at a substantial distance from the city’s downtown.

Antigo, WI

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Population: 7,817
Divorce Rate: 18.2%
Divorcees: 1,280
Median Income: $35,908
More on Antigo: PhotosData

Antigo is a city in and the county seat of Langlade County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 8,234 at the 2010 census. Antigo is the center of a farming and lumbering district, and its manufactures consist principally of lumber, chairs, furniture, sashes, doors and blinds, hubs and spokes, and other wood products.

Rice Lake, WI

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Population: 8,302
Divorce Rate: 17.8%
Divorcees: 1,329
Median Income: $42,205
More on Rice Lake: PhotosData

Rice Lake is a city in Barron County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 8,438. The city is located mostly within the Town of Rice Lake.

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Population: 5,496
Divorce Rate: 17.1%
Divorcees: 845
Median Income: $52,075
More on Edgerton: Data

Edgerton is a city in Rock County and partly in Dane County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 5,461 at the 2010 census. Of this, 5,364 were in Rock County, and 97 were in Dane County. Known locally as “Tobacco City U.S.A.,” because of the importance of tobacco growing in the region, Edgerton continues to be a center for the declining tobacco industry in the area. Social issue.

Wisconsin Rapids, WI

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Population: 17,905
Divorce Rate: 17.1%
Divorcees: 2,755
Median Income: $38,322
More on Wisconsin Rapids: PhotosData

Wisconsin Rapids is a city in and the county seat of Wood County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 18,367 at the 2010 census.

Jackson, WI

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Population: 6,942
Divorce Rate: 16.7%
Divorcees: 1,043
Median Income: $65,422
More on Jackson: PhotosData

Sturtevant, WI

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Population: 6,977
Divorce Rate: 16.5%
Divorcees: 1,036
Median Income: $65,262
More on Sturtevant: PhotosData

Sturtevant is a village in Racine County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 6,970 at the 2010 census.

New Richmond, WI

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Population: 8,761
Divorce Rate: 16.4%
Divorcees: 1,293
Median Income: $57,473
More on New Richmond: PhotosData

New Richmond is a city in St. Croix County, Wisconsin, United States. Its population was 8,375 as of the 2010 census.

St. Francis, WI

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Population: 9,532
Divorce Rate: 16.2%
Divorcees: 1,389
Median Income: $40,116
More on St. Francis: PhotosData

St. Francis is an American city in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. The population was 9,365 at the 2010 census.

Lake Mills, WI

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Population: 5,816
Divorce Rate: 16.0%
Divorcees: 837
Median Income: $65,208
More on Lake Mills: PhotosData

Lake Mills is a city in Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 5,708 at the 2010 census. The city is located partially within the Town of Lake Mills.

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 Tomah, WI 18.5%
2 Antigo, WI 18.2%
3 Rice Lake, WI 17.8%
4 Edgerton, WI 17.1%
5 Wisconsin Rapids, WI 17.1%
6 Jackson, WI 16.7%
7 Sturtevant, WI 16.5%
8 New Richmond, WI 16.4%
9 St. Francis, WI 16.2%
10 Lake Mills, WI 16.0%
11 Altoona, WI 15.9%
12 Rhinelander, WI 15.8%
13 Marinette, WI 15.3%
14 Superior, WI 15.3%
15 Baraboo, WI 15.1%
16 Chippewa Falls, WI 15.1%
17 Wausau, WI 15.0%
18 Port Washington, WI 14.9%
19 Portage, WI 14.8%
20 Sparta, WI 14.7%
21 Cudahy, WI 14.5%
22 Prairie Du Chien, WI 14.5%
23 Beaver Dam, WI 14.4%
24 Sheboygan Falls, WI 14.4%
25 New London, WI 14.4%
26 Monona, WI 14.3%
27 Two Rivers, WI 14.2%
28 Menasha, WI 14.2%
29 Ashland, WI 14.2%
30 Milton, WI 14.0%
31 Waupaca, WI 14.0%
32 Kimberly, WI 13.9%
33 Beloit, WI 13.9%
34 Sturgeon Bay, WI 13.9%
35 Merrill, WI 13.8%
36 Delavan, WI 13.8%
37 Neenah, WI 13.7%
38 Oregon, WI 13.7%
39 Shawano, WI 13.6%
40 Janesville, WI 13.6%
41 Kenosha, WI 13.5%
42 Burlington, WI 13.3%
43 Plymouth, WI 13.3%
44 West Allis, WI 13.3%
45 Greenfield, WI 13.2%
46 Pewaukee, WI 13.2%
47 Evansville, WI 13.2%
48 Lake Geneva, WI 13.1%
49 West Bend, WI 13.1%
50 Oshkosh, WI 13.1%
51 Fort Atkinson, WI 13.1%
52 Ripon, WI 13.1%
53 Mount Horeb, WI 13.0%
54 Monroe, WI 13.0%
55 Marshfield, WI 12.9%
56 Racine, WI 12.8%
57 Bellevue, WI 12.8%
58 Stoughton, WI 12.6%
59 Middleton, WI 12.6%
60 Elkhorn, WI 12.6%
61 Brown Deer, WI 12.6%
62 Sheboygan, WI 12.6%
63 Richland Center, WI 12.5%
64 Hartford, WI 12.4%
65 Kaukauna, WI 12.3%
66 Little Chute, WI 12.3%
67 Green Bay, WI 12.3%
68 West Salem, WI 12.3%
69 South Milwaukee, WI 12.3%
70 Jefferson, WI 12.2%
71 Manitowoc, WI 12.2%
72 Waupun, WI 12.2%
73 Rothschild, WI 12.1%
74 Hudson, WI 12.0%
75 Fond Du Lac, WI 11.8%
76 Delafield, WI 11.7%
77 Watertown, WI 11.7%
78 Glendale, WI 11.6%
79 Reedsburg, WI 11.6%
80 Twin Lakes, WI 11.5%
81 Waukesha, WI 11.4%
82 North Fond Du Lac, WI 11.2%
83 Hales Corners, WI 10.9%
84 Deforest, WI 10.9%
85 Mount Pleasant, WI 10.9%
86 Appleton, WI 10.8%
87 Oconomowoc, WI 10.8%
88 Howard, WI 10.8%
89 Holmen, WI 10.8%
90 Sun Prairie, WI 10.8%
91 Onalaska, WI 10.7%
92 Ashwaubenon, WI 10.6%
93 Mukwonago, WI 10.6%
94 Milwaukee, WI 10.6%
95 Cottage Grove, WI 10.5%
96 Pleasant Prairie, WI 10.4%
97 Columbus, WI 10.4%
98 Plover, WI 10.3%
99 Greendale, WI 10.2%
100 Shorewood, WI 10.2%

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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.


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