Marriage Measures Guide of State-Level Statistics. Delaware

03/30/2008

Overview and Key Statistics

State Population

  • In 2006, Delaware’s state population was 853,476, which ranked 45th among the 50 states.
  • The state’s largest racial/ethnic groups were whites (68 percent) and African Americans (21 percent).

Marriage and Childbearing

  • In 2004, there were 4,811 births to unmarried women in Delaware, accounting for 42.3 percent of all births in the state.
  • Delaware ranked fourth among the 50 states in the highest percentage of births to unmarried women.
  • In 2004, there were 2,030 births to unmarried African American women in Delaware and 1,797 births to unmarried white women.

Marriage and Divorce

  • In 2005, Delaware had a divorce rate of 3.9 divorces per 1,000 people.  Delaware’s divorce rate ranked 23rd highest among the 44 states that report divorce statistics.
  • In Delaware, the percentage of adults who were divorced was 16.0 percent, compared to the national average of 15.0 percent.
  • The percentage of adults who were divorced was 12.2 percent in rural areas and 17.2 percent in urban areas.

Marriage and Low-Income Children

  • In 2006, Delaware had 63,229 children living in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.  Over one-third of these children (35.1 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 14,406 children in this group.
  • In 2006, 39 percent of low-income children in Delaware were white and 38 percent were African American.

 

TABLE DE-1.

DELAWARE

NONMARITAL BIRTHS,

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

 

 

Delaware

 

South Atlantic 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

        410

        431

 95.1

 

 90.8

 

90.6

18 to 29

      3,653

      6,622

 55.2

 

 48.2

 

45.3

Over 30

        748

      4,316

 17.3

 

 16.7

 

16.0

Mother’s Race/Ethnicityb, c

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

      1,797

      6,442

 27.9

 

 24.8

 

24.5

African American

      2,030

      2,852

 71.2

 

 66.4

 

69.3

Hispanic

        885

      1,523

 58.1

 

 45.1

 

46.4

Other

         55

        478

 11.5

 

 14.5

 

21.7

Mother’s Educationb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

      1,775

      2,431

 73.0

 

 66.4

 

60.9

High school graduate

      2,669

      5,561

 48.0

 

 41.3

 

39.8

College graduate

        262

      3,030

  8.6

 

  7.3

 

7.0

Geographic Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Castle County

      2,773

      7,112

 39.0

 

---

 

---

Sussex County

      1,174

      2,251

 52.2

 

---

 

---

All other counties

        864

      2,006

 43.1

 

---

 

---

Total

      4,811

     11,369

 42.3

 

 38.1

 

35.8

 

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

a Includes Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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

cSee Technical Appendix for definition of racial/ethnic groups.

 

TABLE DE-2.

DELAWARE

DIVORCE RATES,

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

 

Overall Rates, 2005

Measure

Delaware

 

South Atlantic Regiona

 

United Statesb

Number of divorces granted

      3,251

 

    189,151

 

846,166

Number of divorces granted per 1,000 peoplec

  3.9

 

  4.1

 

3.6

State ranking (highest to lowest)b

 23

 

 

 

 

 

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

a Includes Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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

 

Delaware

 

South Atlantic Regiond

 

United States

Population Group

Number of
Divorced People

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

Gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men

     32,142

 15.0

 

 14.0

 

 13.7

Women

     41,403

 16.8

 

 16.3

 

 16.0

Race/Ethnicitye

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

     53,965

 15.5

 

 14.8

 

 15.0

African American

     15,159

 21.5

 

 19.7

 

 21.1

Hispanic

      2,446

 12.6

 

 13.2

 

 12.2

Other

      1,975

  9.1

 

 10.8

 

 10.4

Education Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

      9,282

 14.7

 

 14.2

 

 13.4

High school graduate

     50,030

 18.7

 

 16.8

 

 16.8

College graduate

     14,233

 11.0

 

 12.4

 

 11.9

Geographic Areae

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rural

     13,325

 12.2

 

 14.6

 

 14.5

Urban

     60,220

 17.2

 

 15.4

 

 15.1

Total

     73,545

 16.0

 

 15.2

 

 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 Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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

 

TABLE DE-3.

DELAWARE

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND GEOGRAPHIC AREA

 

 

 

Delaware

 

South Atlantic Regiona

 

United States

Geographic
Areab

Family
Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

All Areas

Married Parents

     22,171

 35.1

 

 40.7

 

45.4

 

Cohabiting Parents

      7,121

 11.3

 

  8.9

 

9.1

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     13,803

 21.8

 

 17.6

 

14.9

 

Formerly married

     11,209

 17.7

 

 18.5

 

18.0

 

Neither Parent

      2,909

  4.6

 

  5.2

 

4.3

 

Unknownc

      6,016

  9.5

 

  9.0

 

8.3

 

Total

     63,229

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Rural

Married Parents

      7,765

 47.0

 

 41.7

 

48.0

 

Cohabiting Parents

      1,072

  6.5

 

  8.7

 

9.6

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      1,876

 11.4

 

 14.3

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

      3,119

 18.9

 

 19.8

 

19.0

 

Neither Parent

        954

  5.8

 

  6.2

 

5.2

 

Unknownc

      1,736

 10.5

 

  9.3

 

7.9

 

Total

     16,522

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Urban

Married Parents

     14,406

 30.8

 

 40.4

 

44.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

      6,049

 13.0

 

  9.0

 

9.0

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     11,927

 25.5

 

 18.6

 

15.9

 

Formerly married

      8,090

 17.3

 

 18.2

 

17.7

 

Neither Parent

      1,955

  4.2

 

  4.9

 

4.1

 

Unknownc

      4,280

  9.2

 

  8.9

 

8.3

 

Total

     46,707

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 Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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 DE-4.

DELAWARE

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND RACIAL/ETHNIC BACKGROUND

 

 

 

Delaware

 

South Atlantic Regiona

 

United
States

Racial/Ethnic Groupb

Family Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

White

Married Parents

     13,255

 54.2

 

 51.8

 

52.3

 

Cohabiting Parents

      1,470

  6.0

 

  9.9

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      1,255

  5.1

 

  5.3

 

6.5

 

Formerly married

      4,944

 20.2

 

 20.9

 

21.0

 

Neither Parent

      1,113

  4.6

 

  4.5

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

      2,404

  9.8

 

  7.6

 

6.2

 

Total

     24,441

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

African
American

Married Parents

      3,446

 14.2

 

 20.8

 

20.0

Cohabiting Parents

      2,934

 12.1

 

  6.8

 

6.3

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     10,148

 41.8

 

 35.0

 

37.3

 

Formerly married

      4,627

 19.1

 

 19.0

 

18.6

 

Neither Parent

      1,046

  4.3

 

  7.0

 

6.9

 

Unknownc

      2,049

  8.4

 

 11.6

 

10.9

 

Total

     24,250

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Hispanic

Married Parents

      4,457

 40.2

 

 56.5

 

53.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

      2,404

 21.7

 

 11.4

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      1,128

 10.2

 

  8.2

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

      1,064

  9.6

 

 13.8

 

14.1

 

Neither Parent

        635

  5.7

 

  3.1

 

3.0

 

Unknownc

      1,407

 12.7

 

  7.1

 

8.9

 

Total

     11,095

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Other

Married Parents

NA

NA

 

 49.7

 

50.0

Cohabiting Parents

NA

NA

 

  9.0

 

9.5

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

NA

NA

 

 14.5

 

12.0

 

Formerly married

NA

NA

 

 14.7

 

15.8

 

Neither Parent

NA

NA

 

  4.6

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

NA

NA

 

  7.5

 

8.7

 

Total

NA

NA

 

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 Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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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