The Highest And Lowest Divorce Rates In America

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New Yorkers might be too busy to get married, but once they say “I do,” they really do.According to “The Demographic and Household Estimates for 2005-2009″ by the American Community Survey, couples in NYC show the lowest divorce rates compared to other US metropolitan areas.

Why no divorce in the big city? NBC New York reports: It’s harder to get a divorce in New York, which might contribute to the lower divorce rate. People also tend to stay single longer, so there are fewer people per capita getting married and thus fewer people per capita getting divorced than in other states.

As for America’s highest divorce rate, not surprisingly it is Las Vegas.

New York City

Population: 18,912,644

Number of Divorced: 210,604

Divorce Rate: 6.2% (Males); 9.3% (Females)

Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Philadelphia

Population: 5,910,593

Number of Divorced: 407,475

Divorce Rate: 7.3% (Males); 9.7% (Females)

Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Pittsburgh

Population: 2,360,259

Number of Divorced: 177,674

Divorce Rate: 8.2% (Males); 9.8% (Females)

Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Boston

Population: 4,513,934

Number of Divorced: 317,876

Divorce Rate: 7.2% (Males); 10% (Females)

Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Los Angeles

Population: 12,762,126

Number of Divorced: 863,814

Divorce Rate: 7% (Males); 10.2% (Females)

Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Chicago

Population: 9,461,816

Number of Divorced: 657,360

Divorce Rate: 7.4% (Males); 10.2% (Females)

Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Washington DC

Population: 5,332,297

Number of Divorced: 369, 237

Divorce Rate: 7.0% (Males); 10.4% (Females)

Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Minneapolis-St. Paul

Population: 3,202,412

Number of Divorced: 242,162

Divorce Rate: 8.2% (Males); 10.9% (Females)

Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

San Francisco - Oakland

Population: 4,218,534

Number of Divorced: 326,917

Divorce Rate: 7.9% (Males); 11% (Females)

Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Houston

Population: 5,595,262

Number of Divorced: 422,548

Divorce Rate: 8.5% (Males); 11.4% (Females)

Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

St. Louis

Population: 2,803,776

Number of Divorced: 241,712

Divorce Rate: 9.7% (Males); 11.8% (Females)

Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Baltimore

Population: 2,669,987

Number of Divorced: 207,184

Divorce Rate: 8.5% (Males); 10.6% (Females)

Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Milwaukee

Population: 1,546,312

Number of Divorced: 120,001

Divorce Rate: 8.8% (Males); 10.7% (Females)

Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

San Diego

Population: 2,987,543

Number of Divorced: 244,807

Divorce Rate: 8.4% (Males); 12.2% (Females)

Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Cincinnati

Population: 2,140,796

Number of Divorced: 190,574

Divorce Rate: 10.1% (Males); 12.3% (Females)

Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Detroit

Population: 4,452,548

Number of Divorced: 390,961

Divorce Rate: 9.6% (Males); 12.4% (Females)

Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Cleveland

Population: 2,101,821

Number of Divorced: 193,944

Divorce Rate: 10.2% (Males); 12.6% (Females)

Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Atlanta

Population: 5,238,994

Number of Divorced: 441,161

Divorce Rate: 9.1% (Males); 12.6% (Females)

Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

New Orleans

Population: 1,153,788

Number of Divorced: 107,453

Divorce Rate: 10.5% (Males); 12.6% (Females)

Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Dallas

Population: 2,127,479

Number of divorce: 516,218

Divorce rate: 9.2 % (Males) ; 12.9 % (Females)

Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Denver

Population: 2,451,038

Number of Divorced: 224,101

Divorce Rate: 10% (Males); 13.2% (Females)

Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Seattle

Population: 3,306,836

Number of Divorced: 315,262

Divorce Rate: 10.3% (Males); 13.2% (Females)

Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Kansas City

Population: 2,013,797

Number of Divorced: 188,638

Divorce Rate: 10.4% (Males); 13.3% (Females)

Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Phoenix

Population: 4,151,634

Number of Divorced: 379,409

Divorce Rate: 10.1% (Males); 13.7% (Females)

Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Portland

Population: 2,163,436

Number of Divorced: 210,604

Divorce Rate: 10.7% (Males); 13.7% (Females)

Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Miami

Population: 5,484,777

Number of Divorced: 539,920

Divorce Rate: 10.2% (Males); 13.9% (Females)

Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Tampa Bay

Population: 2,702,390

Number of Divorced: 286,742

Divorce Rate: 11.6% (Males); 14.2% (Females)

Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Las Vegas

Population: 1,821,507

Number of Divorced: 188,092

Divorce Rate: 12.0% (Males); 14.6% (Females)

Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

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