Marriage Measures Guide of State-Level Statistics. Indiana

03/30/2008

Overview and Key Statistics

State Population

  • In 2006, Indiana’s state population was 6,313,520, which ranked 15th among the 50 states.
  • The state’s largest racial/ethnic groups were whites (84 percent) and African Americans (8  percent).

Marriage and Childbearing

  • In 2004, there were 33,828 births to unmarried women in Indiana, accounting for 38.8 percent of all births in the state.
  • Indiana ranked 11th among the 50 states in the highest percentage of births to unmarried women.
  • In 2004, there were 22,182 births to unmarried white women in Indiana and 7,464 births to unmarried African American women.

Marriage and Divorce

  • In Indiana, the percentage of adults who were divorced was 16.5 percent, compared to the national average of 15.0 percent.
  • The percentage of adults who were divorced was 15.4 percent in rural areas and 16.7 percent in urban areas.
  • The percentage of adults who were divorced was 25.0 percent among African Americans and 16.1 percent among whites.

Marriage and Low-Income Children

  • In 2006, Indiana had 604,993 children living in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.  Over two-fifths of these children (44.2 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 191,340 children in this group.
  • In 2006, 67 percent of low-income children in Indiana were white and 18 percent were African American.

 

TABLE IN-1.

INDIANA

NONMARITAL BIRTHS,

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

 

 

Indiana

 

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

      2,716

      2,866

 94.8

 

 94.9

 

90.6

18 to 29

     26,776

     56,998

 47.0

 

 46.6

 

45.3

Over 30

      4,336

     27,278

 15.9

 

 14.5

 

16.0

Mother’s Race/Ethnicityb, c

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

     22,182

     68,352

 32.5

 

 27.0

 

24.5

African American

      7,464

      9,579

 77.9

 

 76.6

 

69.3

Hispanic

      3,819

      7,244

 52.7

 

 47.0

 

46.4

Other

        212

      1,619

 13.1

 

 14.4

 

21.7

Mother’s Educationb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

     12,211

     18,389

 66.4

 

 67.2

 

60.9

High school graduate

     19,796

     46,644

 42.4

 

 41.4

 

39.8

College graduate

      1,321

     20,678

  6.4

 

  6.2

 

7.0

Geographic Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marion County

      7,658

     14,897

 51.4

 

---

 

---

Lake County

      3,497

      6,966

 50.2

 

---

 

---

All other counties

     22,673

     65,279

 34.7

 

---

 

---

Total

     33,828

     87,142

 38.8

 

 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 IN-2.

INDIANA

DIVORCE RATES,

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

 

Overall Rates, 2005

Measure

Indiana

 

East North Central Regiona

 

United Statesb

Number of divorces granted

NA

 

    123,466

 

846,166

Number of divorces granted per 1,000 peoplec

NA

 

  3.1

 

3.6

State ranking (highest to lowest)b

NA

 

 

 

 

 

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

a Includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.  Data not available for Indiana.

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; Indiana does not report these divorce statistics.

 

Percentage of Ever-Married Adults Who Are Divorced, 2006

 

Indiana

 

East North Central Regiond

 

United States

Population Group

Number of
Divorced People

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

Gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men

    256,024

 15.4

 

 14.2

 

 13.7

Women

    328,122

 17.4

 

 16.2

 

 16.0

Race/Ethnicitye

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

    506,937

 16.1

 

 14.8

 

 15.0

African American

     51,704

 25.0

 

 24.2

 

 21.1

Hispanic

     14,629

 11.3

 

 11.8

 

 12.2

Other

     10,876

 14.5

 

 10.5

 

 10.4

Education Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

     82,513

 16.5

 

 15.3

 

 13.4

High school graduate

    419,372

 18.4

 

 17.2

 

 16.8

College graduate

     82,261

 10.8

 

 10.6

 

 11.9

Geographic Areae

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rural

    123,951

 15.4

 

 14.5

 

 14.5

Urban

    460,195

 16.7

 

 15.5

 

 15.1

Total

    584,146

 16.5

 

 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 IN-3.

INDIANA

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND GEOGRAPHIC AREA

 

 

 

Indiana

 

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

    267,298

 44.2

 

 42.2

 

45.4

 

Cohabiting Parents

     68,102

 11.3

 

 10.2

 

9.1

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     86,870

 14.4

 

 17.8

 

14.9

 

Formerly married

    117,743

 19.5

 

 18.3

 

18.0

 

Neither Parent

     24,858

  4.1

 

  4.1

 

4.3

 

Unknownc

     40,122

  6.6

 

  7.4

 

8.3

 

Total

    604,993

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Rural

Married Parents

     75,958

 57.4

 

 54.0

 

48.0

 

Cohabiting Parents

     11,532

  8.7

 

 11.7

 

9.6

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      7,614

  5.7

 

  7.8

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

     23,875

 18.0

 

 17.1

 

19.0

 

Neither Parent

      5,165

  3.9

 

  3.7

 

5.2

 

Unknownc

      8,293

  6.3

 

  5.7

 

7.9

 

Total

    132,437

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Urban

Married Parents

    191,340

 40.5

 

 39.4

 

44.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

     56,570

 12.0

 

  9.9

 

9.0

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     79,256

 16.8

 

 20.1

 

15.9

 

Formerly married

     93,868

 19.9

 

 18.6

 

17.7

 

Neither Parent

     19,693

  4.2

 

  4.2

 

4.1

 

Unknownc

     31,829

  6.7

 

  7.9

 

8.3

 

Total

    472,556

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 IN-4.

INDIANA

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND RACIAL/ETHNIC BACKGROUND

 

 

 

Indiana

 

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

    201,707

 49.8

 

 49.9

 

52.3

 

Cohabiting Parents

     47,493

 11.7

 

 11.5

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     29,584

  7.3

 

  7.9

 

6.5

 

Formerly married

     85,559

 21.1

 

 21.2

 

21.0

 

Neither Parent

     14,120

  3.5

 

  3.2

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

     26,810

  6.6

 

  6.2

 

6.2

 

Total

    405,273

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

African
American

Married Parents

     18,418

 16.5

 

 16.8

 

20.0

Cohabiting Parents

     10,122

  9.1

 

  6.1

 

6.3

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     48,532

 43.4

 

 44.1

 

37.3

 

Formerly married

     20,870

 18.7

 

 16.4

 

18.6

 

Neither Parent

      6,972

  6.2

 

  6.7

 

6.9

 

Unknownc

      6,865

  6.1

 

  9.8

 

10.9

 

Total

    111,779

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Hispanic

Married Parents

     40,671

 59.9

 

 57.8

 

53.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

      7,860

 11.6

 

 12.2

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      6,843

 10.1

 

  8.4

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

      6,754

  9.9

 

 11.8

 

14.1

 

Neither Parent

      2,237

  3.3

 

  2.3

 

3.0

 

Unknownc

      3,552

  5.2

 

  7.4

 

8.9

 

Total

     67,917

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Other

Married Parents

      6,502

 32.5

 

 43.9

 

50.0

Cohabiting Parents

      2,627

 13.1

 

 12.2

 

9.5

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      1,911

  9.5

 

 13.9

 

12.0

 

Formerly married

      4,560

 22.8

 

 16.1

 

15.8

 

Neither Parent

      1,529

  7.6

 

  5.2

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

      2,895

 14.5

 

  8.7

 

8.7

 

Total

     20,024

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.

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