Marriage Measures Guide of State-Level Statistics. Connecticut

03/30/2008

Overview and Key Statistics

State Population

  • In 2006, Connecticut’s state population was 3,504,809, which ranked 29th among the 50 states.
  • The state’s largest racial/ethnic groups were whites (75 percent), Hispanics (11 percent), and African Americans (9 percent).

Marriage and Childbearing

  • In 2004, there were 12,891 births to unmarried women in Connecticut, accounting for 30.6 percent of all births in the state.
  • Connecticut ranked 40th among the 50 states in the highest percentage of births to unmarried women.
  • In 2004, there were 4,727 births to unmarried Hispanic women in Connecticut, 4,624 births to unmarried white women, and 3,274 births to unmarried African American women.

Marriage and Divorce

  • In 2005, Connecticut had a divorce rate of 3.0 divorces per 1,000 people.  Connecticut’s divorce rate ranked 33rd highest among the 44 states that report divorce statistics.
  • In Connecticut, the percentage of adults who were divorced was 13.8 percent, compared to the national average of 15.0 percent.

Marriage and Low-Income Children

  • In 2006, Connecticut had 200,007 children living in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.  Nearly two-fifths of these children (38.2 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 76,364 children in this group.
  • In 2006, 39 percent of low-income children in Connecticut were white, 34 percent were Hispanic, and 20 percent were African American.

 

TABLE CT-1.

CONNECTICUT

NONMARITAL BIRTHS,

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

 

 

Connecticut

 

New England 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

        923

        956

 96.5

 

 96.8

 

90.6

18 to 29

      9,242

     18,696

 49.4

 

 47.9

 

45.3

Over 30

      2,726

     22,443

 12.1

 

 11.9

 

16.0

Mother’s Race/Ethnicityb, c

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

      4,624

     27,132

 17.0

 

 22.7

 

24.5

African American

      3,274

      4,910

 66.7

 

 60.6

 

69.3

Hispanic

      4,727

      7,600

 62.2

 

 61.6

 

46.4

Other

        228

      2,325

  9.8

 

 16.3

 

21.7

Mother’s Educationb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

      3,926

      5,278

 74.4

 

 74.2

 

60.9

High school graduate

      7,950

     19,497

 40.8

 

 40.6

 

39.8

College graduate

        869

     16,830

  5.2

 

  6.0

 

7.0

Geographic Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fairfield County

      2,994

     11,878

 25.2

 

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Hartford County

      3,747

     10,495

 35.7

 

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All other counties

      6,150

     19,722

 31.2

 

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Total

     12,891

     42,095

 30.6

 

 30.1

 

35.8

 

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

a Includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

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 CT-2.

CONNECTICUT

DIVORCE RATES,

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

 

Overall Rates, 2005

Measure

Connecticut

 

New England Regiona

 

United Statesb

Number of divorces granted

     10,623

 

     40,822

 

846,166

Number of divorces granted per 1,000 peoplec

  3.0

 

  2.9

 

3.6

State ranking (highest to lowest)b

 33

 

 

 

 

 

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

a Includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.  

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

 

Connecticut

 

New England Regiond

 

United States

Population Group

Number of
Divorced People

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

Gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men

    107,218

 12.1

 

 13.1

 

 13.7

Women

    157,681

 15.1

 

 15.8

 

 16.0

Race/Ethnicitye

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

    208,157

 13.4

 

 14.5

 

 15.0

African American

     24,184

 19.8

 

 18.6

 

 21.1

Hispanic

     25,455

 16.2

 

 17.2

 

 12.2

Other

      7,103

  7.8

 

  9.6

 

 10.4

Education Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

     33,160

 15.3

 

 14.5

 

 13.4

High school graduate

    161,558

 15.6

 

 16.7

 

 16.8

College graduate

     70,181

 10.5

 

 11.1

 

 11.9

Geographic Areae

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rural

NA

NA

 

 16.8

 

 14.5

Urban

    264,899

 13.8

 

 14.1

 

 15.1

Total

    264,899

 13.8

 

 14.6

 

 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 Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

e See Technical Appendix for definition of racial/ethnic groups and geographic areas.

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

 

TABLE CT-3.

CONNECTICUT

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND GEOGRAPHIC AREA

 

 

 

Connecticut

 

New England Regiona

 

United States

Geographic
Areab

Family
Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

All Areas

Married Parents

     76,364

 38.2

 

 38.4

 

45.4

 

Cohabiting Parents

     21,937

 11.0

 

 11.4

 

9.1

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     48,945

 24.5

 

 18.8

 

14.9

 

Formerly married

     31,736

 15.9

 

 21.8

 

18.0

 

Neither Parent

      9,086

  4.5

 

  4.2

 

4.3

 

Unknownc

     11,939

  6.0

 

  5.4

 

8.3

 

Total

    200,007

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Rural

Married Parents

NA

NA

 

 47.6

 

48.0

 

Cohabiting Parents

NA

NA

 

 13.7

 

9.6

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

NA

NA

 

  6.6

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

NA

NA

 

 24.2

 

19.0

 

Neither Parent

NA

NA

 

  4.3

 

5.2

 

Unknownc

NA

NA

 

  3.6

 

7.9

 

Total

NA

NA

 

100.0

 

100.0

Urban

Married Parents

     76,364

 38.2

 

 36.4

 

44.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

     21,937

 11.0

 

 10.9

 

9.0

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     48,945

 24.5

 

 21.4

 

15.9

 

Formerly married

     31,736

 15.9

 

 21.3

 

17.7

 

Neither Parent

      9,086

  4.5

 

  4.2

 

4.1

 

Unknownc

     11,939

  6.0

 

  5.7

 

8.3

 

Total

    200,007

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 Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

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.

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

 

TABLE CT-4.

CONNECTICUT

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND RACIAL/ETHNIC BACKGROUND

 

 

 

Connecticut

 

New England Regiona

 

United
States

Racial/Ethnic Groupb

Family Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

White

Married Parents

     41,623

 52.8

 

 45.0

 

52.3

 

Cohabiting Parents

      9,377

 11.9

 

 12.7

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      5,985

  7.6

 

  9.5

 

6.5

 

Formerly married

     14,337

 18.2

 

 24.4

 

21.0

 

Neither Parent

      2,782

  3.5

 

  3.9

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

      4,793

  6.1

 

  4.5

 

6.2

 

Total

     78,897

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

African
American

Married Parents

      7,990

 19.6

 

 23.0

 

20.0

Cohabiting Parents

      3,694

  9.1

 

  7.0

 

6.3

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     16,543

 40.6

 

 36.9

 

37.3

 

Formerly married

      6,289

 15.4

 

 19.0

 

18.6

 

Neither Parent

      2,827

  6.9

 

  6.4

 

6.9

 

Unknownc

      3,430

  8.4

 

  7.7

 

10.9

 

Total

     40,773

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Hispanic

Married Parents

     21,112

 30.9

 

 29.0

 

53.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

      7,995

 11.7

 

 10.8

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     23,233

 34.0

 

 30.0

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

      9,743

 14.3

 

 20.4

 

14.1

 

Neither Parent

      3,249

  4.8

 

  3.7

 

3.0

 

Unknownc

      2,949

  4.3

 

  6.1

 

8.9

 

Total

     68,281

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Other

Married Parents

      5,639

 46.8

 

 45.2

 

50.0

Cohabiting Parents

        871

  7.2

 

 11.1

 

9.5

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      3,184

 26.4

 

 20.0

 

12.0

 

Formerly married

      1,367

 11.3

 

 13.5

 

15.8

 

Neither Parent

NA

NA

 

  5.0

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

        767

  6.4

 

  5.3

 

8.7

 

Total

     12,056

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 Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

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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