Marriage Measures Guide of State-Level Statistics. Idaho

03/30/2008

Overview and Key Statistics

State Population

  • In 2006, Idaho’s state population was 1,466,465, which ranked 39th among the 50 states.
  • The state’s largest racial/ethnic groups were whites (86 percent) and Hispanics (10  percent).

Marriage and Childbearing

  • In 2004, there were 5,099 births to unmarried women in Idaho, accounting for 22.6 percent of all births in the state.
  • Idaho ranked 49th among the 50 states in the highest percentage of births to unmarried women.
  • In 2004, there were 3,512 births to unmarried white women in Idaho and 1,207 births to unmarried Hispanic women.

Marriage and Divorce

  • In 2005, Idaho had a divorce rate of 5.0 divorces per 1,000 people.  Idaho’s divorce rate ranked sixth highest among the 44 states that report divorce statistics.
  • In Idaho, the percentage of adults who were divorced was 15.7 percent, compared to the national average of 15.0 percent.
  • The percentage of adults who were divorced was 19.0 percent in rural areas and 15.4 percent in urban areas.

Marriage and Low-Income Children

  • In 2006, Idaho had 163,771 children living in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.  Nearly two-thirds of these children (65.0 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 98,068 children in this group.
  • In 2006, 70 percent of low-income children in Idaho were white and 24 percent were Hispanic.

 

TABLE ID-1.

IDAHO

NONMARITAL BIRTHS,

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

 

 

Idaho

 

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

        435

        534

 81.5

 

 89.9

 

90.6

18 to 29

      3,985

     15,459

 25.8

 

 38.9

 

45.3

Over 30

        679

      6,539

 10.4

 

 16.4

 

16.0

Mother’s Race/Ethnicityb, c

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

      3,512

     18,296

 19.2

 

 21.0

 

24.5

African American

         34

         90

 37.8

 

 59.7

 

69.3

Hispanic

      1,207

      3,241

 37.2

 

 49.3

 

46.4

Other

        247

        620

 39.8

 

 48.2

 

21.7

Mother’s Educationb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

      1,653

      3,517

 47.0

 

 59.5

 

60.9

High school graduate

      2,973

     13,588

 21.9

 

 33.2

 

39.8

College graduate

        141

      4,275

  3.3

 

  6.2

 

7.0

Geographic Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ada County

      1,046

      5,213

 20.1

 

---

 

---

Canyon County

        867

      3,197

 27.1

 

---

 

---

All other counties

      3,186

     14,122

 22.6

 

---

 

---

Total

      5,099

     22,532

 22.6

 

 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.

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 ID-2.

IDAHO

DIVORCE RATES,

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

 

Overall Rates, 2005

Measure

Idaho

 

Mountain Regiona

 

United Statesb

Number of divorces granted

      7,126

 

     95,945

 

846,166

Number of divorces granted per 1,000 peoplec

  5.0

 

  4.7

 

3.6

State ranking (highest to lowest)b

  6

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Idaho

 

Mountain Regiond

 

United States

Population Group

Number of
Divorced People

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

Gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men

     61,263

 15.1

 

 15.0

 

 13.7

Women

     71,675

 16.3

 

 17.0

 

 16.0

Race/Ethnicitye

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

    120,502

 16.0

 

 16.7

 

 15.0

African American

NA

NA

 

 23.3

 

 21.1

Hispanic

      6,719

 10.4

 

 13.2

 

 12.2

Other

      5,392

 21.9

 

 15.0

 

 10.4

Education Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

     15,804

 15.9

 

 13.2

 

 13.4

High school graduate

     90,972

 16.5

 

 17.8

 

 16.8

College graduate

     26,162

 13.3

 

 13.8

 

 11.9

Geographic Areae

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rural

     12,027

 19.0

 

 15.5

 

 14.5

Urban

    120,911

 15.4

 

 16.2

 

 15.1

Total

    132,938

 15.7

 

 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.

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

 

TABLE ID-3.

IDAHO

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND GEOGRAPHIC AREA

 

 

 

Idaho

 

Mountain Regiona

 

United States

Geographic
Areab

Family
Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

All Areas

Married Parents

    106,418

 65.0

 

 54.4

 

45.4

 

Cohabiting Parents

     11,556

  7.1

 

  9.7

 

9.1

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      6,747

  4.1

 

  9.5

 

14.9

 

Formerly married

     30,444

 18.6

 

 16.1

 

18.0

 

Neither Parent

      4,075

  2.5

 

  3.4

 

4.3

 

Unknownc

      4,531

  2.8

 

  6.9

 

8.3

 

Total

    163,771

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Rural

Married Parents

      8,350

 61.0

 

 52.1

 

48.0

 

Cohabiting Parents

NA

NA

 

  8.6

 

9.6

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

        493

  3.6

 

  8.4

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

      4,077

 29.8

 

 17.7

 

19.0

 

Neither Parent

        369

  2.7

 

  3.6

 

5.2

 

Unknownc

NA

NA

 

  9.6

 

7.9

 

Total

     13,681

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Urban

Married Parents

     98,068

 65.3

 

 54.6

 

44.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

     11,323

  7.5

 

  9.9

 

9.0

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      6,254

  4.2

 

  9.6

 

15.9

 

Formerly married

     26,367

 17.6

 

 15.9

 

17.7

 

Neither Parent

      3,706

  2.5

 

  3.4

 

4.1

 

Unknownc

      4,372

  2.9

 

  6.6

 

8.3

 

Total

    150,090

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.

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

 

TABLE ID-4.

IDAHO

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND RACIAL/ETHNIC BACKGROUND

 

 

 

Idaho

 

Mountain Regiona

 

United
States

Racial/Ethnic Groupb

Family Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

White

Married Parents

     73,906

 64.4

 

 58.7

 

52.3

 

Cohabiting Parents

      7,217

  6.3

 

  8.4

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      3,741

  3.3

 

  5.8

 

6.5

 

Formerly married

     24,545

 21.4

 

 19.0

 

21.0

 

Neither Parent

      2,394

  2.1

 

  3.4

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

      2,988

  2.6

 

  4.7

 

6.2

 

Total

    114,791

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

African
American

Married Parents

NA

NA

 

 30.6

 

20.0

Cohabiting Parents

NA

NA

 

  6.1

 

6.3

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

NA

NA

 

 31.3

 

37.3

 

Formerly married

NA

NA

 

 19.2

 

18.6

 

Neither Parent

NA

NA

 

  6.3

 

6.9

 

Unknownc

NA

NA

 

  6.4

 

10.9

 

Total

NA

NA

 

100.0

 

100.0

Hispanic

Married Parents

     27,557

 70.4

 

 55.7

 

53.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

      3,583

  9.2

 

 10.9

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      1,804

  4.6

 

 10.2

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

      4,229

 10.8

 

 12.9

 

14.1

 

Neither Parent

        871

  2.2

 

  2.9

 

3.0

 

Unknownc

      1,082

  2.8

 

  7.5

 

8.9

 

Total

     39,126

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Other

Married Parents

      4,581

 49.0

 

 42.2

 

50.0

Cohabiting Parents

        756

  8.1

 

 11.3

 

9.5

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      1,079

 11.5

 

 11.4

 

12.0

 

Formerly married

      1,670

 17.8

 

 18.0

 

15.8

 

Neither Parent

        810

  8.7

 

  4.3

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

        461

  4.9

 

 12.8

 

8.7

 

Total

      9,357

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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