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What Is the Divorce Capital of Michigan?

 Posted on April 05, 2019 in Divorce

Oakland County divorce lawyerUsing data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, the 10 cities in Michigan with the highest divorce rates have been identified. The city with the highest divorce rate is Ishpeming, a community in the Upper Peninsula. 

The population of Ishpeming is around 6,500 residents, and roughly 20.3% of those residents (aged 15 and up) are divorced. Note that the census defines a divorced individual as someone whose divorce has been finalized and who has not remarried. According to the Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in Michigan is 11.5%, which is higher than the national divorce rate of 10.9%.

Here is the list of the 10 cities in Michigan with the highest divorce rate:

1. Ishpeming

Population: 6,484

Divorce Rate: 20.3%

Divorcees: 1,184

Median Income: $42,075


2. Greenville

Population: 8,385

Divorce Rate: 19.4%

Divorcees: 1,464

Median Income: $33,623


3. Walled Lake

Population: 7,174

Divorce Rate: 19.2%

Divorcees: 1,239

Median Income: $49,811


4. Dowagiac

Population: 5,812

Divorce Rate: 19.0%

Divorcees: 993

Median Income: $30,023


5. Escanaba

Population: 12,364

Divorce Rate: 18.7%

Divorcees: 2,080

Median Income: $33,230


6. Menominee

Population: 8,298

Divorce Rate: 18.3%

Divorcees: 1,366

Median Income: $36,659


7. Lapeer

Population: 8,769

Divorce Rate: 18.3%

Divorcees: 1,444

Median Income: $34,212


8. Jackson

Population: 32,875

Divorce Rate: 17.9%

Divorcees: 5,296

Median Income: $31,118


9. Howell

Population: 9,514

Divorce Rate: 17.8%

Divorcees: 1,524

Median Income: $47,252


10. Ludington

Population: 8,047

Divorce Rate: 17.8%

Divorcees: 1,289

Median Income: $38,325


Although there has been no research to ascertain why there is such a high correlation between divorce and Ishpeming or any of the other nine cities, one can speculate as to a few factors. According to a study published in the journal Couple and Family Psychology, lack of commitment and infidelity are two of the top reasons for divorce. Money problems were identified by the study as another common reason why couples choose to end their marriages.  

Call an Oakland County Divorce Attorney

No matter where you live in Michigan, if you need help with your divorce, contact our trustworthy Novi, MI divorce lawyers today. With experience and compassion, Elkouri Heath, PLC promises to take whatever steps are needed to create a smooth divorce process. For more than 20 years, we have fought for our clients in court and at the negotiating table. For a free initial consultation, contact us at 248-344-9700. 






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