Marriage Measures Guide of State-Level Statistics. Arizona

03/30/2008

Overview and Key Statistics

State Population

  • In 2006, Arizona’s state population was 6,166,318, which ranked 16th among the 50 states.
  • The state’s largest racial/ethnic groups were whites (60 percent) and Hispanics (29 percent).

Marriage and Childbearing

  • In 2004, there were 39,525 births to unmarried women in Arizona, accounting for 42.2 percent of all births in the state.
  • Arizona ranked fifth among the 50 states in the highest percentage of births to unmarried women.
  • In 2004, there were 22,387 births to unmarried Hispanic women in Arizona and 9,969 births to unmarried white women.

Marriage and Divorce

  • In 2005, Arizona had a divorce rate of 4.1 divorces per 1,000 people.  Arizona’s divorce rate ranked 19th highest among the 44 states that report divorce statistics.
  • In Arizona, the percentage of adults who were divorced was 16.6 percent, compared to the national average of 15.0 percent.
  • The percentage of adults who were divorced was 14.6 percent in rural areas and 16.7 percent in urban areas.

Marriage and Low-Income Children

  • In 2006, Arizona had 718,777 children living in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.  Just over half of these children (52.3 percent) were living with married parents.
  • The state’s largest group of low-income children lived with married parents in urban areas.  In 2006, there were 357,546 children in this group.
  • In 2006, 57 percent of low-income children in Arizona were Hispanic and 26 percent were white.

 

TABLE AZ-1.

ARIZONA

NONMARITAL BIRTHS,

BY MOTHER’S AGE, RACE/ETHNICITY, EDUCATION LEVEL, AND COUNTY

 

 

Arizona

 

Mountain Regiona

 

United States

Population Group

Number of Births to Unmarried Women

Number of Births to All Women

Percent of Births to Unmarried Women

 

Percent of Births to Unmarried Women

 

Percent of Births to Unmarried Women

Mother’s Age

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than 18

      4,103

      4,435

 92.5

 

 89.9

 

90.6

18 to 29

     28,825

     59,095

 48.8

 

 38.9

 

45.3

Over 30

      6,597

     30,133

 21.9

 

 16.4

 

16.0

Mother’s Race/Ethnicityb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

      9,969

     39,632

 25.2

 

 21.0

 

24.5

African American

      1,726

      2,821

 61.2

 

 59.7

 

69.3

Hispanic

     22,387

     41,422

 54.0

 

 49.3

 

46.4

American Indian

      4,232

      5,677

 74.5

 

 71.4

 

62.9

Mother’s Educationc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

     18,282

     27,953

 65.4

 

 59.5

 

60.9

High school graduate

     19,065

     46,471

 41.0

 

 33.2

 

39.8

College graduate

      1,544

     17,946

  8.6

 

  6.2

 

7.0

Geographic Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maricopa County

     24,396

     60,636

 40.2

 

---

 

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Pima County

      5,785

     13,055

 44.3

 

---

 

---

All other counties

      9,344

     19,972

 46.8

 

---

 

---

Total

     39,525

     93,663

 42.2

 

 33.5

 

35.8

 

Source:     National Center for Health Statistics.  See Technical Appendix for details.

a Includes Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

b See Technical Appendix for definition of racial/ethnic groups.  Includes only the state’s four largest groups.

cNumber of births in groups may not sum to state total (bottom row) due to missing demographic information on mother’s education level.

 

TABLE AZ-2.

ARIZONA

DIVORCE RATES,

BY GENDER, RACE/ETHNICITY, EDUCATION LEVEL, AND GEOGRAPHIC AREA

 

Overall Rates, 2005

Measure

Arizona

 

Mountain Regiona

 

United Statesb

Number of divorces granted

     24,535

 

     95,945

 

846,166

Number of divorces granted per 1,000 peoplec

  4.1

 

  4.7

 

3.6

State ranking (highest to lowest)b

 19

 

 

 

 

 

Source:     National Center for Health Statistics. See Technical Appendix for details.

a Includes Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.  

b Excludes six states where data are not available.  See Technical Appendix for list.

c This statistic should not be interpreted as the number of marriages that end in divorce.  See p. 7 for details.

 

Percentage of Ever-Married Adults Who Are Divorced, 2006

 

Arizona

 

Mountain Regiond

 

United States

Population Group

Number of
Divorced People

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

Gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men

    237,736

 15.3

 

 15.0

 

 13.7

Women

    316,625

 17.8

 

 17.0

 

 16.0

Race/Ethnicitye

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

    409,613

 17.9

 

 16.7

 

 15.0

African American

     21,425

 25.2

 

 23.3

 

 21.1

Hispanic

     97,272

 12.9

 

 13.2

 

 12.2

American Indian

     11,448

 14.6

 

 16.1

 

 20.6

Education Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

     65,785

 12.3

 

 13.2

 

 13.4

High school graduate

    363,666

 18.7

 

 17.8

 

 16.8

College graduate

    124,910

 14.7

 

 13.8

 

 11.9

Geographic Areae

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rural

     11,816

 14.6

 

 15.5

 

 14.5

Urban

    542,545

 16.7

 

 16.2

 

 15.1

Total

    554,361

 16.6

 

 16.1

 

 15.0

 

Source:     American Community Survey (ACS), 2006.  See Technical Appendix for details.

Notes:       Sample limited to ever-married individuals ages 15 and older.  Those who have remarried after a divorce are not counted as divorced in these percentages. See Technical Appendix for details.

d Includes Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

e See Technical Appendix for definition of racial/ethnic groups and geographic areas. Estimates of racial/ethnic differences include only the state’s four largest racial/ethnic groups.

 

TABLE AZ-3.

ARIZONA

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND GEOGRAPHIC AREA

 

 

 

Arizona

 

Mountain Regiona

 

United States

Geographic
Areab

Family
Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

All Areas

Married Parents

    376,045

 52.3

 

 54.4

 

45.4

 

Cohabiting Parents

     77,279

 10.8

 

  9.7

 

9.1

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     74,700

 10.4

 

  9.5

 

14.9

 

Formerly married

    103,137

 14.3

 

 16.1

 

18.0

 

Neither Parent

     25,792

  3.6

 

  3.4

 

4.3

 

Unknownc

     61,824

  8.6

 

  6.9

 

8.3

 

Total

    718,777

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Rural

Married Parents

     18,499

 46.3

 

 52.1

 

48.0

 

Cohabiting Parents

      3,714

  9.3

 

  8.6

 

9.6

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      4,946

 12.4

 

  8.4

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

      3,717

  9.3

 

 17.7

 

19.0

 

Neither Parent

      1,863

  4.7

 

  3.6

 

5.2

 

Unknownc

      7,250

 18.1

 

  9.6

 

7.9

 

Total

     39,989

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Urban

Married Parents

    357,546

 52.7

 

 54.6

 

44.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

     73,565

 10.8

 

  9.9

 

9.0

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     69,754

 10.3

 

  9.6

 

15.9

 

Formerly married

     99,420

 14.6

 

 15.9

 

17.7

 

Neither Parent

     23,929

  3.5

 

  3.4

 

4.1

 

Unknownc

     54,574

  8.0

 

  6.6

 

8.3

 

Total

    678,788

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

 

Source:     American Community Survey (ACS), 2006.  See Technical Appendix for details.

Note:          Low-income children are defined as those living in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty line. 

a Includes Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

b See Technical Appendix for definition of geographic areas.

c Children in complex family types that cannot be distinguished using ACS data.  See Technical Appendix for details.

 

TABLE AZ-4.

ARIZONA

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND RACIAL/ETHNIC BACKGROUND

 

 

 

Arizona

 

Mountain Regiona

 

United
States

Racial/Ethnic Groupb

Family Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

White

Married Parents

    100,841

 53.3

 

 58.7

 

52.3

 

Cohabiting Parents

     17,765

  9.4

 

  8.4

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     13,412

  7.1

 

  5.8

 

6.5

 

Formerly married

     36,476

 19.3

 

 19.0

 

21.0

 

Neither Parent

      6,921

  3.7

 

  3.4

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

     13,743

  7.3

 

  4.7

 

6.2

 

Total

    189,158

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

African
American

Married Parents

      8,751

 28.5

 

 30.6

 

20.0

Cohabiting Parents

      2,895

  9.4

 

  6.1

 

6.3

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      8,880

 29.0

 

 31.3

 

37.3

 

Formerly married

      5,992

 19.5

 

 19.2

 

18.6

 

Neither Parent

      1,838

  6.0

 

  6.3

 

6.9

 

Unknownc

      2,312

  7.5

 

  6.4

 

10.9

 

Total

     30,668

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Hispanic

Married Parents

    234,503

 56.9

 

 55.7

 

53.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

     47,274

 11.5

 

 10.9

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     40,396

  9.8

 

 10.2

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

     45,924

 11.2

 

 12.9

 

14.1

 

Neither Parent

     12,545

  3.0

 

  2.9

 

3.0

 

Unknownc

     31,175

  7.6

 

  7.5

 

8.9

 

Total

    411,817

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

American

Indian

Married Parents

20,920

34.7

 

36.7

 

34.1

Cohabiting Parents

7,265

12.0

 

14.8

 

16.1

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

9,752

16.2

 

13.2

 

12.5

 

Formerly married

8,188

13.6

 

15.0

 

16.5

 

Neither Parent

2,965

4.9

 

5.3

 

6.4

 

Unknownc

11,230

18.6

 

15.0

 

14.4

 

Total

60,320

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

 

Source:     American Community Survey (ACS), 2006.  See Technical Appendix for details.

Note:          Low-income children are defined as those living in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty line.

a Includes Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

b See Technical Appendix for definition of racial/ethnic groups. Table includes only the state’s four largest groups.

c Children in complex family types that cannot be distinguished using ACS data.  See Technical Appendix for details.

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