For the recently divorced, recovering one’s financial footing is often a priority — perhaps even more than finding new love. But how well people overcome the end of a marriage might depend on where they live, according to a new study by the website LendingTree.
Using data drawn from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 American Community Survey, the study determined scores for the nation’s 50 largest metro areas in three categories — one economic, two relationship-based — to arrive at a list of the best and worst places to bounce back from divorce.
The economic category comprised three factors: the median income of divorced people and how it compared with that of other one-income families; homeownership rates among the divorced and the associated costs; and expenses faced by renters.
One relationship category looked at the local dating pool, considering the percentage of single people in a given city and the gender balance. The other relationship category looked at each city’s “remarriage risk factor.” A higher percentage of residents who had been married at least three times lowered scores, as did a larger portion of divorced and separated people in general.
The worst city in which to recover from divorce turned out to be New York, which is expensive and has fewer people, per capita, in the dating pool, according to the study.
Minneapolis, with an excellent economic score, topped the list. Milwaukee was next, with excellent remarriage risk-factor scores. Detroit was third, also bolstered by its economic score. So sign the papers and head to the Midwest, perhaps, where the living is easier and the loving is better … according to the study.
Below, the study’s 10 best and 10 worst cities, and their scores in each category.