Marriage Measures Guide of State-Level Statistics. Florida

03/30/2008

Overview and Key Statistics

 

State Population

  • In 2006, Florida’s state population was 18,089,888, which ranked fourth among the 50 states.
  • The state’s largest racial/ethnic groups were whites (61 percent), Hispanics (20 percent), and African Americans (15 percent).

Marriage and Childbearing

  • In 2004, there were 90,254 births to unmarried women in Florida, accounting for 41.4 percent of all births in the state.
  • Florida ranked seventh among the 50 states in the highest percentage of births to unmarried women.
  • In 2004, there were 31,948 births to unmarried white women in Florida, 31,705 births to unmarried African American women, and 25,224 births to unmarried Hispanic women.

Marriage and Divorce

  • In 2005, Florida had a divorce rate of 4.6 divorces per 1,000 people.  Florida’s divorce rate ranked 11th highest among the 44 states that report divorce statistics.
  • In Florida, the percentage of adults who were divorced was 16.4 percent, compared to the national average of 15.0 percent.

Marriage and Low-Income Children

  • In 2006, Florida had 1,641,143 children living in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.  Over two-fifths of these children (42.6 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 664,077 children in this group.
  • In 2006, 34 percent of low-income children in Florida were white, 31 percent were African American, and 30 percent were Hispanic.

 

TABLE FL-1.

FLORIDA

NONMARITAL BIRTHS,

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

 

 

Florida

 

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

      7,229

      7,847

 92.1

 

 90.8

 

90.6

18 to 29

     66,659

    128,777

 51.8

 

 48.2

 

45.3

Over 30

     16,366

     81,429

 20.1

 

 16.7

 

16.0

Mother’s Race/Ethnicityb, c

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

     31,948

    105,218

 30.4

 

 24.8

 

24.5

African American

     31,705

     47,019

 67.4

 

 66.4

 

69.3

Hispanic

     25,224

     58,528

 43.1

 

 45.1

 

46.4

Other

      1,139

      6,682

 17.0

 

 14.5

 

21.7

Mother’s Educationb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

NA

NA

NA

 

 66.4

 

60.9

High school graduate

NA

NA

NA

 

 41.3

 

39.8

College graduate

NA

NA

NA

 

  7.3

 

7.0

Geographic Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miami-Dade County

     13,933

     32,066

 43.5

 

---

 

---

Broward County

      8,477

     22,911

 37.0

 

---

 

---

All other counties

     67,844

    163,076

 41.6

 

---

 

---

Total

     90,254

    218,053

 41.4

 

 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.

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.

NA = not available; numbers are not reported in this state due to changes in the state birth certificate. See Technical Appendix for details.

 

TABLE FL-2.

FLORIDA

DIVORCE RATES,

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

 

Overall Rates, 2005

Measure

Florida

 

South Atlantic Regiona

 

United Statesb

Number of divorces granted

     81,285

 

    189,151

 

846,166

Number of divorces granted per 1,000 peoplec

  4.6

 

  4.1

 

3.6

State ranking (highest to lowest)b

 11

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Florida

 

South Atlantic Regiond

 

United States

Population Group

Number of
Divorced People

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

Gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men

    745,041

 15.3

 

 14.0

 

 13.7

Women

    989,158

 17.3

 

 16.3

 

 16.0

Race/Ethnicitye

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

  1,171,431

 16.3

 

 14.8

 

 15.0

African American

    216,329

 20.0

 

 19.7

 

 21.1

Hispanic

    300,576

 15.4

 

 13.2

 

 12.2

Other

     45,863

 12.6

 

 10.8

 

 10.4

Education Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

    228,820

 14.6

 

 14.2

 

 13.4

High school graduate

  1,111,666

 17.6

 

 16.8

 

 16.8

College graduate

    393,713

 14.7

 

 12.4

 

 11.9

Geographic Areae

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rural

     84,846

 16.8

 

 14.6

 

 14.5

Urban

  1,649,353

 16.4

 

 15.4

 

 15.1

Total

  1,734,199

 16.4

 

 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 FL-3.

FLORIDA

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND GEOGRAPHIC AREA

 

 

 

Florida

 

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

    698,405

 42.6

 

 40.7

 

45.4

 

Cohabiting Parents

    156,757

  9.6

 

  8.9

 

9.1

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

    250,414

 15.3

 

 17.6

 

14.9

 

Formerly married

    305,658

 18.6

 

 18.5

 

18.0

 

Neither Parent

     72,745

  4.4

 

  5.2

 

4.3

 

Unknownc

    157,164

  9.6

 

  9.0

 

8.3

 

Total

  1,641,143

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Rural

Married Parents

     34,328

 41.3

 

 41.7

 

48.0

 

Cohabiting Parents

      6,186

  7.4

 

  8.7

 

9.6

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     11,589

 13.9

 

 14.3

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

     13,328

 16.0

 

 19.8

 

19.0

 

Neither Parent

      8,224

  9.9

 

  6.2

 

5.2

 

Unknownc

      9,476

 11.4

 

  9.3

 

7.9

 

Total

     83,131

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Urban

Married Parents

    664,077

 42.6

 

 40.4

 

44.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

    150,571

  9.7

 

  9.0

 

9.0

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

    238,825

 15.3

 

 18.6

 

15.9

 

Formerly married

    292,330

 18.8

 

 18.2

 

17.7

 

Neither Parent

     64,521

  4.1

 

  4.9

 

4.1

 

Unknownc

    147,688

  9.5

 

  8.9

 

8.3

 

Total

  1,558,012

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 FL-4.

FLORIDA

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND RACIAL/ETHNIC BACKGROUND

 

 

 

Florida

 

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

    268,596

 47.9

 

 51.8

 

52.3

 

Cohabiting Parents

     63,152

 11.3

 

  9.9

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     38,547

  6.9

 

  5.3

 

6.5

 

Formerly married

    116,049

 20.7

 

 20.9

 

21.0

 

Neither Parent

     23,653

  4.2

 

  4.5

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

     50,434

  9.0

 

  7.6

 

6.2

 

Total

    560,431

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

African
American

Married Parents

    129,009

 25.2

 

 20.8

 

20.0

Cohabiting Parents

     34,266

  6.7

 

  6.8

 

6.3

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

    164,103

 32.0

 

 35.0

 

37.3

 

Formerly married

     94,133

 18.4

 

 19.0

 

18.6

 

Neither Parent

     30,921

  6.0

 

  7.0

 

6.9

 

Unknownc

     60,143

 11.7

 

 11.6

 

10.9

 

Total

    512,575

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Hispanic

Married Parents

    262,000

 53.8

 

 56.5

 

53.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

     49,491

 10.2

 

 11.4

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     38,780

  8.0

 

  8.2

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

     81,213

 16.7

 

 13.8

 

14.1

 

Neither Parent

     15,284

  3.1

 

  3.1

 

3.0

 

Unknownc

     40,331

  8.3

 

  7.1

 

8.9

 

Total

    487,099

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Other

Married Parents

     38,800

 47.9

 

 49.7

 

50.0

Cohabiting Parents

      9,848

 12.2

 

  9.0

 

9.5

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      8,984

 11.1

 

 14.5

 

12.0

 

Formerly married

     14,263

 17.6

 

 14.7

 

15.8

 

Neither Parent

      2,887

  3.6

 

  4.6

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

      6,256

  7.7

 

  7.5

 

8.7

 

Total

     81,038

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 racial/ethnic groups.

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

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