3 Michigan cities among the top 20 nationwide in divorce rate

On Behalf of | Jun 3, 2020 | Divorce |

Nationwide, nearly 11% of individuals aged 15 or older have gotten divorced. Of course, that rate is not the same in every city, suburb, and town. Some places in the U.S. have relatively high divorced populations, while in other areas, relatively few people have ever gone through divorce.

Michigan towns included in top 25 divorce list

A new study names the top 25 U.S. cities by divorced population. Interestingly, three Michigan towns made the list: Port Huron, Muskegon, and Jackson.

  • Port Huron. Total population: 29,175. Divorced population: 4,201 (17.9%). 20th-highest rate in the U.S.
  • Muskegon. Total population: 37,969. Divorced population: 5.651 (18.2%). 14th-highest rate.
  • Jackson. Total population: 32,800. Divorced population: 4,679 (18.6%). 6th-highest rate.

Most of the “cities” on the list are actually large towns and suburbs. Only Evansville, Indiana, has a population of over 100,000. Interestingly, many of the towns on the list are in states where divorce is relatively expensive. Michigan ranks 23rd in cost.

Common factors on the list

Though the cities on the list are all over the country, lack of wealth could be a common factor. None of them had a median income above the national median of just under $74,000. Financial difficulties are a common trigger for divorce. Also, the list’s towns have relatively small household sizes of between 2.2 and 2.7 members. The cities with the lowest divorce rates have average household populations of 2.8 up to 5.7 members. It could be that people in the high divorced population cities tend to be older and no longer have children in the house.

Dealing with the problems of divorce

Wherever you live in Michigan, if you are ready to get a divorce, you deserve a process that respects your property and parental rights and minimizes delays. Your best route for a fair and predictable divorce is through the doors of an experienced family law attorney in your area.