25 cities where divorce is on the rise

Poll Shows Half Of Divorcees Wanted To Ditch Their Wedding Day

By Tessa Boyce, Graphiq

"Divorce is the psychological equivalent of a triple coronary bypass" journalist Mary Kay Blakely said. For some, this opinion may be all too true. Divorce, while complicated and expensive, is also extremely stressful and has been linked to multiple health problems.

Still, thousands of people make the difficult decision to get divorced every year. Divorce.com reported that today, roughly 50 percent of all marriages in the United States end in divorce. This puts the U.S. in 12th place worldwide for its percentage of marriages that end in divorce, behind countries like the United Kingdom (53 percent) and Moldova (52 percent).

Related: See the shocking celebrity breakups of 2015:

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25 cities where divorce is on the rise

Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting

The "Big Bang Theory" actress dropped the bombshell in September after just 21 months of marriage. Sources say that a difference in lifestyles was to blame for the breakup. Cuoco has since moved on from the tragic split, as is evident by her stunning looks on every red carpet she hits!

(Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

Joe Jonas and Gigi Hadid

The gorgeous supermodel and former "Jonas Brothers" member called it quits after a whirlwind romance. Joe didn't seem take the breakup news too well -- he unfollowed his former flame on Instagram after reports surfaced that Gigi might've been getting cozy with Zayn Malik

(Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Global Lyme Alliance)

Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy

Yes, puppets have feelings too! This high-profile couple's devastating breakup after 40 years together was a shocker to everyone. The pair announced in a Facebook post that they will end their romantic relationship but will continue to work professionally. It seems as if both have moved on - especially Miss Piggy, who has been spotted canoodling with some very good lookin' men. You go girl!

(Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)

Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian

After a very tumultuous relationship, the oldest Kardashian sister bid farewell to Disick after first meeting in 2006. A pic of Disick in early July looking cozy with former flame Chloe Bartoli in Monaco fueled cheating rumors. Days later, Kourtney reportedly dumped Scott. These days, the mother of three is looking hot as ever and she's not shy about posting it on Instagram! Work it, Kourt!

(Photo by David Becker/WireImage)

Charlize Theron and Sean Penn

This couple definitely takes the title for weirdest breakup. The stunning Australian actress reportedly "ghosted" Penn back in June. Theron cut off all contact with Penn and left many text messages and calls (some say hundreds) unanswered. But it's not like Theron can claim she lost her phone, she was photographed by the paparazzi all over Cannes! While Sean got the hint eventually, we wouldn't recommend the same tactic with your next breakup. 

(Photo by Oleg Nikishin/ Kommersant Photo via Getty Images)

Halle Berry and Oliver Martinez

The 49-year-old actress made headlines when she announced her divorce from her third husband after just two years of marriage. Sparks flew after they met on the set of the movie "Dark Tide" in 2010, but sources said the pair had struggled for some time. 

(Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock

By the time news broke of Reba and Narvel's divorce, people everywhere were asking: "IS LOVE EVEN REAL ANYMORE?!" The country legend and her producer hubby split in August after a whopping 26 years together! But Reba isn't one to dwell on the past - she has her career to keep her plenty busy, including the release of her new album "Love Somebody." 

(Photo by Larry Busacca/ACM2015/Getty Images for dcp)

Perrie Edwards and Zayn Malik

Zayn caused a fan meltdown after he announced his decision to leave "One Direction" in March - coincidentally, after pictures emerged of him apparently close to a woman that wasn't his fiancee, Perrie. So it was a shock to many when the heartthrob called off their engagement in August. But don't worry girls, Zayn seems like he has moved on after being spotted with stunning Burberry model Neelam Gill. 

(Photos by PA)

Amy Poehler and Nick Kroll

The couple's busy schedules was to blame for the breakup in September after two years of perfect bliss. Upcoming projects consistently got in the way of Kroll and Poehler's relationship and they just couldn't make it work. 

(Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The Leukemia & Lymphona Society)

Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt

The "Mad Men" star announced his divorce to Westfeldt over Labor Day weekend after 18 years of marriage! While we were completely blindsided by their split, we can't help but assume that Hamm's recent stint in rehab may have had something to do with it. 

(Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Sienna Miller and Tom Sturridge

The British duo called it quits after a four-year relationship. Sources close to the couple claim the couple were in a bit of a rough patch for awhile, especially with the demands of their hectic schedule. Sienna was recently photographed without her signature blonde locks - we can only hope the drastic change has nothing to do with her devastating split!

(Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)

Amanda Seyfried and Justin Long

The couple announced their sudden split after just two years of dating. There were many things we loved about this perfect pair, but we'll most definitely miss how adorable they looked on red carpets together

(Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)

Miley Cyrus and Patrick Schwarzenegger

The singer and Arnold Schwarzenegger's son hit a rough patch following his wild Mexico spring break trip. The couple split after just six months of dating -- but from what we can see on her Instagram, seems like Cyrus is doing just fine!

(Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)

Ariana Grande and Big Sean

The musical couple seemed so in love with their steamy on-stage performances, so it was quite a shock when they announced their breakup in April. The surprising reason? Work. A source revealed their busy touring schedules would keep them apart over the next year, but the two remain close friends. 

(Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)


But was the outlook always this bad?

MooseRoots wanted to see how the composition of the divorced population in the United States has changed over time, and which cities have seen the highest increase. Using statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Historic Geographic Information System, MooseRoots calculated the percent change of each state's divorced population between 1970 and 2010.

Delving deeper, MooseRoots found the top 25 cities that have experienced the largest percent change in the proportion of divorced population. Using a total population threshold of 250,000 inhabitants in 2010, we highlight the 25 cities with the largest percent change in divorced population from 1970 to 2010. Some states avoided this list altogether, while one state is featured for four different cities.

See all the cities ranked in the gallery below:

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25 cities where divorce is on the rise

#25. Wichita, Kansas

Percent Divorced in 1970:  5.19
Percent Divorced in 2010: 13.39
Percent Change Between 1970 and 2010: 157.69


#24. Baltimore, Maryland

Percent Divorced in 1970: 4.06
Percent Divorced in 2010: 10.6
Percent Change Between 1970 and 2010: 158.54


#23. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Percent Divorced in 1970: 3.64
Percent Divorced in 2010: 9.58
Percent Change Between 1970 and 2010: 166.67


#22. Albuquerque, New Mexico

Percent Divorced in 1970: 5.12
Percent Divorced in 2010: 13.75
Percent Change Between 1970 and 2010: 170.59


#21. New Orleans, Louisiana

Percent Divorced in 1970: 4.28
Percent Divorced in 2010: 11.67
Percent Change Between 1970 and 2010: 172.09


#20. Fort Wayne, Indiana

Percent Divorced in 1970: 4.8
Percent Divorced in 2010: 13.08
Percent Change Between 1970 and 2010: 172.92


#19. New York City, New York

Percent Divorced in 1970: 2.81
Percent Divorced in 2010: 7.83
Percent Change Between 1970 and 2010: 178.57


#18. El Paso, Texas

Percent Divorced in 1970: 3.67
Percent Divorced in 2010: 10.5
Percent Change Between 1970 and 2010: 183.78


#17. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Percent Divorced in 1970: 3.01
Percent Divorced in 2010: 8.72
Percent Change Between 1970 and 2010: 190

(Rudolf Balasko)

#16. Newark, New Jersey

Percent Divorced in 1970: 2.89
Percent Divorced in 2010: 8.53
Percent Change Between 1970 and 2010: 193.1


#15. Toledo, Ohio

Percent Divorced in 1970: 4.88
Percent Divorced in 2010: 14.43
Percent Change Between 1970 and 2010: 193.88

(David Liu)

#14. Memphis, Tennessee

Percent Divorced in 1970: 4.05
Percent Divorced in 2010: 12.32
Percent Change Between 1970 and 2010: 200


#13. Mesa, Arizona

Percent Divorced in 1970: 3.76
Percent Divorced in 2010: 11.53
Percent Change Between 1970 and 2010: 202.63


#12. Arlington, Texas

Percent Divorced in 1970: 3.64
Percent Divorced in 2010: 10.89
Percent Change Between 1970 and 2010: 202.78


#11. Aurora, Colorado

Percent Divorced in 1970: 4.02
Percent Divorced in 2010: 12.22
Percent Change Between 1970 and 2010: 205


#10. Raleigh, North Carolina

Percent Divorced in 1970: 3.23
Percent Divorced in 2010: 9.76
Percent Change Between 1970 and 2010: 206.25


#9. Charlotte, North Carolina

Percent Divorced in 1970: 3.28
Percent Divorced in 2010: 10.18
Percent Change Between 1970 and 2010: 209.09


#8. Tucson, Arizona

Percent Divorced in 1970: 4.5
Percent Divorced in 2010: 14.09
Percent Change Between 1970 and 2010: 213.33


#7. Lincoln, Nebraska

Percent Divorced in 1970: 3.38
Percent Divorced in 2010: 10.75
Percent Change Between 1970 and 2010: 214.71


#6. Colorado Springs, Colorado

Percent Divorced in 1970: 3.95
Percent Divorced in 2010: 13.01
Percent Change Between 1970 and 2010: 233.33


#5. Corpus Christi, Texas

Percent Divorced in 1970: 3.85
Percent Divorced in 2010: 12.91
Percent Change Between 1970 and 2010: 239.47


#4. Greensboro, North Carolina

Percent Divorced in 1970: 3.02
Percent Divorced in 2010: 10.83
Percent Change Between 1970 and 2010: 260


#3. Plano, Texas

Percent Divorced in 1970: 2.59
Percent Divorced in 2010: 9.43
Percent Change Between 1970 and 2010: 261.54


#2. Buffalo, New York

Percent Divorced in 1970: 2.99
Percent Divorced in 2010: 11.42
Percent Change Between 1970 and 2010: 280


#1. Virginia Beach, Virginia

Percent Divorced in 1970: 2.21
Percent Divorced in 2010: 10.74
Percent Change Between 1970 and 2010: 386.36


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