Marriage Measures Guide of State-Level Statistics. Colorado

03/30/2008

Overview and Key Statistics

State Population

  • In 2006, Colorado’s state population was 4,753,377, which ranked 22nd among the 50 states.
  • The state’s largest racial/ethnic groups were whites (72 percent) and Hispanics (20 percent).

Marriage and Childbearing

  • In 2004, there were 18,837 births to unmarried women in Colorado, accounting for 27.5 percent of all births in the state.
  • Colorado ranked 47th among the 50 states in the highest percentage of births to unmarried women.
  • In 2004, there were 9,052 births to unmarried Hispanic women in Colorado and 7,787 births to unmarried white women.

Marriage and Divorce

  • In 2005, Colorado had a divorce rate of 4.4 divorces per 1,000 people.  Colorado’s divorce rate ranked 14th highest among the 44 states that report divorce statistics.
  • In Colorado, the percentage of adults who were divorced was 15.9 percent, compared to the national average of 15.0 percent.
  • The percentage of adults who were divorced was 14.8 percent in rural areas and 16.1 percent in urban areas.

Marriage and Low-Income Children

  • In 2006, Colorado had 409,587 children living in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.  Just over half of these children (51.4 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 187,512 children in this group.
  • In 2006, 50 percent of low-income children in Colorado were Hispanic and 39 percent were white.

 

TABLE CO-1.

COLORADO

NONMARITAL BIRTHS,

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

 

 

Colorado

 

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

      2,151

      2,458

 87.5

 

 89.9

 

90.6

18 to 29

     13,799

     38,973

 35.4

 

 38.9

 

45.3

Over 30

      2,887

     27,072

 10.7

 

 16.4

 

16.0

Mother’s Race/Ethnicityb, c

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

      7,787

     41,192

 18.9

 

 21.0

 

24.5

African American

      1,479

      2,799

 52.8

 

 59.7

 

69.3

Hispanic

      9,052

     21,740

 41.6

 

 49.3

 

46.4

Other

        513

      2,760

 18.6

 

 48.2

 

21.7

Mother’s Educationb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

      7,701

     15,470

 49.8

 

 59.5

 

60.9

High school graduate

      9,761

     30,964

 31.5

 

 33.2

 

39.8

College graduate

      1,050

     21,342

  4.9

 

  6.2

 

7.0

Geographic Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

El Paso County

      2,137

      8,118

 26.3

 

---

 

---

Denver County

      3,980

     11,710

 34.0

 

---

 

---

All other counties

     12,720

     48,675

 26.1

 

---

 

---

Total

     18,837

     68,503

 27.5

 

 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 Number of births in groups may not sum to state total (bottom row) due to missing demographic information.

c See Technical Appendix for definition of racial/ethnic groups.

 

TABLE CO-2.

COLORADO

DIVORCE RATES,

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

 

Overall Rates, 2005

Measure

Colorado

 

Mountain Regiona

 

United Statesb

Number of divorces granted

     20,504

 

     95,945

 

846,166

Number of divorces granted per 1,000 peoplec

  4.4

 

  4.7

 

3.6

State ranking (highest to lowest)b

 14

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Colorado

 

Mountain Regiond

 

United States

Population Group

Number of
Divorced People

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

Gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men

    181,104

 14.5

 

 15.0

 

 13.7

Women

    238,768

 17.2

 

 17.0

 

 16.0

Race/Ethnicitye

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

    328,966

 16.3

 

 16.7

 

 15.0

African American

     16,107

 21.8

 

 23.3

 

 21.1

Hispanic

     57,732

 13.5

 

 13.2

 

 12.2

Other

     17,067

 14.9

 

 15.0

 

 10.4

Education Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

     43,413

 14.0

 

 13.2

 

 13.4

High school graduate

    258,220

 18.0

 

 17.8

 

 16.8

College graduate

    118,239

 13.2

 

 13.8

 

 11.9

Geographic Areae

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rural

     45,349

 14.8

 

 15.5

 

 14.5

Urban

    374,523

 16.1

 

 16.2

 

 15.1

Total

    419,872

 15.9

 

 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.

 

TABLE CO-3.

COLORADO

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND GEOGRAPHIC AREA

 

 

 

Colorado

 

Mountain Regiona

 

United States

Geographic
Areab

Family
Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

All Areas

Married Parents

    210,604

 51.4

 

 54.4

 

45.4

 

Cohabiting Parents

     35,248

  8.6

 

  9.7

 

9.1

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     43,997

 10.7

 

  9.5

 

14.9

 

Formerly married

     81,741

 20.0

 

 16.1

 

18.0

 

Neither Parent

     16,104

  3.9

 

  3.4

 

4.3

 

Unknownc

     21,893

  5.3

 

  6.9

 

8.3

 

Total

    409,587

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Rural

Married Parents

     23,092

 49.9

 

 52.1

 

48.0

 

Cohabiting Parents

      3,914

  8.5

 

  8.6

 

9.6

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      2,965

  6.4

 

  8.4

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

     11,168

 24.1

 

 17.7

 

19.0

 

Neither Parent

      2,404

  5.2

 

  3.6

 

5.2

 

Unknownc

      2,765

  6.0

 

  9.6

 

7.9

 

Total

     46,308

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Urban

Married Parents

    187,512

 51.6

 

 54.6

 

44.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

     31,334

  8.6

 

  9.9

 

9.0

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     41,032

 11.3

 

  9.6

 

15.9

 

Formerly married

     70,573

 19.4

 

 15.9

 

17.7

 

Neither Parent

     13,700

  3.8

 

  3.4

 

4.1

 

Unknownc

     19,128

  5.3

 

  6.6

 

8.3

 

Total

    363,279

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 CO-4.

COLORADO

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND RACIAL/ETHNIC BACKGROUND

 

 

 

Colorado

 

Mountain Regiona

 

United
States

Racial/Ethnic Groupb

Family Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

White

Married Parents

     76,649

 48.5

 

 58.7

 

52.3

 

Cohabiting Parents

     16,759

 10.6

 

  8.4

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     12,655

  8.0

 

  5.8

 

6.5

 

Formerly married

     40,906

 25.9

 

 19.0

 

21.0

 

Neither Parent

      6,027

  3.8

 

  3.4

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

      5,114

  3.2

 

  4.7

 

6.2

 

Total

    158,110

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

African
American

Married Parents

      9,086

 33.4

 

 30.6

 

20.0

Cohabiting Parents

NA

NA

 

  6.1

 

6.3

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      9,979

 36.7

 

 31.3

 

37.3

 

Formerly married

      4,955

 18.2

 

 19.2

 

18.6

 

Neither Parent

        978

  3.6

 

  6.3

 

6.9

 

Unknownc

      1,922

  7.1

 

  6.4

 

10.9

 

Total

     27,209

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Hispanic

Married Parents

    112,843

 55.6

 

 55.7

 

53.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

     17,229

  8.5

 

 10.9

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     19,965

  9.8

 

 10.2

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

     31,063

 15.3

 

 12.9

 

14.1

 

Neither Parent

      8,579

  4.2

 

  2.9

 

3.0

 

Unknownc

     13,128

  6.5

 

  7.5

 

8.9

 

Total

    202,807

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Other

Married Parents

     12,026

 56.0

 

 42.2

 

50.0

Cohabiting Parents

        971

  4.5

 

 11.3

 

9.5

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      1,398

  6.5

 

 11.4

 

12.0

 

Formerly married

      4,817

 22.4

 

 18.0

 

15.8

 

Neither Parent

        520

  2.4

 

  4.3

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

      1,729

  8.1

 

 12.8

 

8.7

 

Total

     21,461

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.

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

NA = not available; sample sizes are too small to produce precise state-level estimates.

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