Marriage Measures Guide of State-Level Statistics. Illinois

03/30/2008

Overview and Key Statistics

State Population

  • In 2006, Illinois’s state population was 12,831,970, which ranked fifth among the 50 states.
  • The state’s largest racial/ethnic groups were whites (65 percent), Hispanics (15  percent), and African Americans (14 percent).

Marriage and Childbearing

  • In 2004, there were 65,560 births to unmarried women in Illinois, accounting for 36.3 percent of all births in the state.
  • Illinois ranked 19th among the 50 states in the highest percentage of births to unmarried women.
  • In 2004, there were 23,821 births to unmarried African American women in Illinois, 21,600 births to unmarried white women, and 19,383 births to unmarried Hispanic women.

Marriage and Divorce

  • In 2005, Illinois had a divorce rate of 2.5 divorces per 1,000 people.  Illinois’s divorce rate ranked 42nd highest among the 44 states that report divorce statistics.
  • In Illinois, 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, Illinois had 1,152,875 children living in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.  Over two-fifths of these children (43.0 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 447,486 children in this group.
  • In 2006, 33 percent of low-income children in Illinois were white, 33 percent were Hispanic, and 30 percent were African American.

 

TABLE IL-1.

ILLINOIS

NONMARITAL BIRTHS,

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

 

 

Illinois

 

East North Central 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

      5,968

      6,269

 95.2

 

 94.9

 

90.6

18 to 29

     48,534

    100,771

 48.2

 

 46.6

 

45.3

Over 30

     11,058

     73,738

 15.0

 

 14.5

 

16.0

Mother’s Race/Ethnicityb, c

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

     21,600

     97,915

 22.1

 

 27.0

 

24.5

African American

     23,821

     30,732

 77.5

 

 76.6

 

69.3

Hispanic

     19,383

     42,655

 45.4

 

 47.0

 

46.4

Other

        730

      9,375

  7.8

 

 14.4

 

21.7

Mother’s Educationb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

     23,887

     36,970

 64.6

 

 67.2

 

60.9

High school graduate

     37,228

     85,980

 43.3

 

 41.4

 

39.8

College graduate

      3,531

     54,910

  6.4

 

  6.2

 

7.0

Geographic Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cook County

     33,991

     80,014

 42.5

 

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DuPage County

      2,254

     12,619

 17.9

 

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---

All other counties

     29,315

     88,145

 33.3

 

---

 

---

Total

     65,560

    180,778

 36.3

 

 36.2

 

35.8

 

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

a Includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

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 IL-2.

ILLINOIS

DIVORCE RATES,

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

 

Overall Rates, 2005

Measure

Illinois

 

East North Central Regiona

 

United Statesb

Number of divorces granted

     32,408

 

    123,466

 

846,166

Number of divorces granted per 1,000 peoplec

  2.5

 

  3.1

 

3.6

State ranking (highest to lowest)b

 42

 

 

 

 

 

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

a Includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.  

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

 

Illinois

 

East North Central Regiond

 

United States

Population Group

Number of
Divorced People

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

Gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men

    388,768

 12.4

 

 14.2

 

 13.7

Women

    545,171

 15.0

 

 16.2

 

 16.0

Race/Ethnicitye

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

    670,826

 13.6

 

 14.8

 

 15.0

African American

    154,199

 22.6

 

 24.2

 

 21.1

Hispanic

     81,316

 10.2

 

 11.8

 

 12.2

Other

     27,598

  7.6

 

 10.5

 

 10.4

Education Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

    121,953

 12.4

 

 15.3

 

 13.4

High school graduate

    614,107

 16.0

 

 17.2

 

 16.8

College graduate

    197,879

 10.3

 

 10.6

 

 11.9

Geographic Areae

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rural

     88,095

 14.0

 

 14.5

 

 14.5

Urban

    845,844

 13.8

 

 15.5

 

 15.1

Total

    933,939

 13.8

 

 15.3

 

 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 Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

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

 

TABLE IL-3.

ILLINOIS

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND GEOGRAPHIC AREA

 

 

 

Illinois

 

East North Central Regiona

 

United States

Geographic
Areab

Family
Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

All Areas

Married Parents

    495,536

 43.0

 

 42.2

 

45.4

 

Cohabiting Parents

    112,373

  9.7

 

 10.2

 

9.1

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

    204,730

 17.8

 

 17.8

 

14.9

 

Formerly married

    190,895

 16.6

 

 18.3

 

18.0

 

Neither Parent

     47,484

  4.1

 

  4.1

 

4.3

 

Unknownc

    101,857

  8.8

 

  7.4

 

8.3

 

Total

  1,152,875

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Rural

Married Parents

     48,050

 51.0

 

 54.0

 

48.0

 

Cohabiting Parents

     13,909

 14.8

 

 11.7

 

9.6

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      9,785

 10.4

 

  7.8

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

     13,423

 14.2

 

 17.1

 

19.0

 

Neither Parent

      5,250

  5.6

 

  3.7

 

5.2

 

Unknownc

      3,862

  4.1

 

  5.7

 

7.9

 

Total

     94,279

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Urban

Married Parents

    447,486

 42.3

 

 39.4

 

44.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

     98,464

  9.3

 

  9.9

 

9.0

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

    194,945

 18.4

 

 20.1

 

15.9

 

Formerly married

    177,472

 16.8

 

 18.6

 

17.7

 

Neither Parent

     42,234

  4.0

 

  4.2

 

4.1

 

Unknownc

     97,995

  9.3

 

  7.9

 

8.3

 

Total

  1,058,596

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 Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

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 IL-4.

ILLINOIS

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND RACIAL/ETHNIC BACKGROUND

 

 

 

Illinois

 

East North Central Regiona

 

United
States

Racial/Ethnic Groupb

Family Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

White

Married Parents

    186,556

 49.4

 

 49.9

 

52.3

 

Cohabiting Parents

     37,450

  9.9

 

 11.5

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     29,828

  7.9

 

  7.9

 

6.5

 

Formerly married

     88,021

 23.3

 

 21.2

 

21.0

 

Neither Parent

     12,176

  3.2

 

  3.2

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

     23,523

  6.2

 

  6.2

 

6.2

 

Total

    377,554

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

African
American

Married Parents

     53,816

 15.5

 

 16.8

 

20.0

Cohabiting Parents

     22,069

  6.3

 

  6.1

 

6.3

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

    145,692

 41.9

 

 44.1

 

37.3

 

Formerly married

     56,766

 16.3

 

 16.4

 

18.6

 

Neither Parent

     25,975

  7.5

 

  6.7

 

6.9

 

Unknownc

     43,709

 12.6

 

  9.8

 

10.9

 

Total

    348,027

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Hispanic

Married Parents

    227,697

 60.5

 

 57.8

 

53.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

     50,115

 13.3

 

 12.2

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     23,040

  6.1

 

  8.4

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

     37,754

 10.0

 

 11.8

 

14.1

 

Neither Parent

NA

NA

 

  2.3

 

3.0

 

Unknownc

     30,179

  8.0

 

  7.4

 

8.9

 

Total

    376,179

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Other

Married Parents

     27,467

 53.7

 

 43.9

 

50.0

Cohabiting Parents

      2,739

  5.4

 

 12.2

 

9.5

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      6,170

 12.1

 

 13.9

 

12.0

 

Formerly married

      8,354

 16.3

 

 16.1

 

15.8

 

Neither Parent

      1,939

  3.8

 

  5.2

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

      4,446

  8.7

 

  8.7

 

8.7

 

Total

     51,115

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 Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

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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