Marriage Measures Guide of State-Level Statistics. Georgia

03/30/2008

Overview and Key Statistics

State Population

  • In 2006, Georgia’s state population was 9,363,941, which ranked ninth among the 50 states.
  • The state’s largest racial/ethnic groups were whites (59 percent) and African Americans (29 percent).

Marriage and Childbearing

  • In 2004, there were 54,362 births to unmarried women in Georgia, accounting for 39.2 percent of all births in the state.
  • Georgia ranked ninth among the 50 states in the highest percentage of births to unmarried women.
  • In 2004, there were 28,702 births to unmarried African American women in Georgia and 15,495 births to unmarried white women.

Marriage and Divorce

  • In Georgia, the percentage of adults who were divorced was 16.7 percent, compared to the national average of 15.0 percent.
  • The percentage of adults who were divorced was 16.2 percent in rural areas and 16.8 percent in urban areas.
  • The percentage of adults who were divorced was 22.5 percent among African Americans and 15.9 percent among whites.

Marriage and Low-Income Children

  • In 2006, Georgia had 1,025,998 children living in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.  Over one-third of these children (39.6 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 303,413 children in this group.
  • In 2006, 48 percent of low-income children in Georgia were African American and 32 percent were white.

 

TABLE GA-1.

GEORGIA

NONMARITAL BIRTHS,

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

 

 

Georgia

 

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

      4,984

      5,734

 86.9

 

 90.8

 

90.6

18 to 29

     41,401

     85,781

 48.3

 

 48.2

 

45.3

Over 30

      7,977

     47,334

 16.9

 

 16.7

 

16.0

Mother’s Race/Ethnicityb, c

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

     15,495

     68,603

 22.6

 

 24.8

 

24.5

African American

     28,702

     43,154

 66.5

 

 66.4

 

69.3

Hispanic

      9,099

     20,112

 45.2

 

 45.1

 

46.4

Other

        564

      4,781

 11.8

 

 14.5

 

21.7

Mother’s Educationb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

     20,980

     33,039

 63.5

 

 66.4

 

60.9

High school graduate

     29,096

     67,787

 42.9

 

 41.3

 

39.8

College graduate

      2,603

     33,495

  7.8

 

  7.3

 

7.0

Geographic Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fulton County

      5,889

     13,282

 44.3

 

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---

DeKalb County

      4,727

     10,588

 44.6

 

---

 

---

All other counties

     43,746

    114,979

 38.0

 

---

 

---

Total

     54,362

    138,849

 39.2

 

 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 GA-2.

GEORGIA

DIVORCE RATES,

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

 

Overall Rates, 2005

Measure

Georgia

 

South Atlantic Regiona

 

United Statesb

Number of divorces granted

NA

 

    189,151

 

846,166

Number of divorces granted per 1,000 peoplec

NA

 

  4.1

 

3.6

State ranking (highest to lowest)b

NA

 

 

 

 

 

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.  Data not available for Georgia.

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.

NA = not available; Georgia does not report these divorce statistics.

 

Percentage of Ever-Married Adults Who Are Divorced, 2006

 

Georgia

 

South Atlantic Regiond

 

United States

Population Group

Number of
Divorced People

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

Gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men

    338,449

 14.9

 

 14.0

 

 13.7

Women

    482,458

 18.2

 

 16.3

 

 16.0

Race/Ethnicitye

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

    528,633

 15.9

 

 14.8

 

 15.0

African American

    247,493

 22.5

 

 19.7

 

 21.1

Hispanic

     23,190

  7.9

 

 13.2

 

 12.2

Other

     21,591

 11.2

 

 10.8

 

 10.4

Education Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

    133,720

 16.1

 

 14.2

 

 13.4

High school graduate

    520,235

 18.7

 

 16.8

 

 16.8

College graduate

    166,952

 12.8

 

 12.4

 

 11.9

Geographic Areae

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rural

    175,026

 16.2

 

 14.6

 

 14.5

Urban

    645,881

 16.8

 

 15.4

 

 15.1

Total

    820,907

 16.7

 

 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 GA-3.

GEORGIA

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND GEOGRAPHIC AREA

 

 

 

Georgia

 

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

    406,299

 39.6

 

 40.7

 

45.4

 

Cohabiting Parents

     84,955

  8.3

 

  8.9

 

9.1

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

    200,168

 19.5

 

 17.6

 

14.9

 

Formerly married

    180,473

 17.6

 

 18.5

 

18.0

 

Neither Parent

     55,198

  5.4

 

  5.2

 

4.3

 

Unknownc

     98,905

  9.6

 

  9.0

 

8.3

 

Total

  1,025,998

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Rural

Married Parents

    102,886

 38.2

 

 41.7

 

48.0

 

Cohabiting Parents

     25,534

  9.5

 

  8.7

 

9.6

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     48,558

 18.0

 

 14.3

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

     47,888

 17.8

 

 19.8

 

19.0

 

Neither Parent

     16,186

  6.0

 

  6.2

 

5.2

 

Unknownc

     28,630

 10.6

 

  9.3

 

7.9

 

Total

    269,682

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Urban

Married Parents

    303,413

 40.1

 

 40.4

 

44.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

     59,421

  7.9

 

  9.0

 

9.0

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

    151,610

 20.0

 

 18.6

 

15.9

 

Formerly married

    132,585

 17.5

 

 18.2

 

17.7

 

Neither Parent

     39,012

  5.2

 

  4.9

 

4.1

 

Unknownc

     70,275

  9.3

 

  8.9

 

8.3

 

Total

    756,316

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 GA-4.

GEORGIA

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND RACIAL/ETHNIC BACKGROUND

 

 

 

Georgia

 

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

    178,658

 54.2

 

 51.8

 

52.3

 

Cohabiting Parents

     31,329

  9.5

 

  9.9

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     12,070

  3.7

 

  5.3

 

6.5

 

Formerly married

     66,792

 20.3

 

 20.9

 

21.0

 

Neither Parent

     15,470

  4.7

 

  4.5

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

     25,149

  7.6

 

  7.6

 

6.2

 

Total

    329,468

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

African
American

Married Parents

     99,913

 20.3

 

 20.8

 

20.0

Cohabiting Parents

     33,839

  6.9

 

  6.8

 

6.3

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

    174,736

 35.4

 

 35.0

 

37.3

 

Formerly married

     92,229

 18.7

 

 19.0

 

18.6

 

Neither Parent

     34,081

  6.9

 

  7.0

 

6.9

 

Unknownc

     58,214

 11.8

 

 11.6

 

10.9

 

Total

    493,012

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Hispanic

Married Parents

    102,113

 64.9

 

 56.5

 

53.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

     16,551

 10.5

 

 11.4

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      9,179

  5.8

 

  8.2

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

     15,335

  9.8

 

 13.8

 

14.1

 

Neither Parent

      3,516

  2.2

 

  3.1

 

3.0

 

Unknownc

     10,544

  6.7

 

  7.1

 

8.9

 

Total

    157,238

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Other

Married Parents

     25,615

 55.3

 

 49.7

 

50.0

Cohabiting Parents

      3,236

  7.0

 

  9.0

 

9.5

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      4,183

  9.0

 

 14.5

 

12.0

 

Formerly married

      6,117

 13.2

 

 14.7

 

15.8

 

Neither Parent

      2,131

  4.6

 

  4.6

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

      4,998

 10.8

 

  7.5

 

8.7

 

Total

     46,280

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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