Marriage Measures Guide of State-Level Statistics. Kansas

03/30/2008

Overview and Key Statistics

State Population

  • In 2006, Kansas’s state population was 2,764,075, which ranked 33rd among the 50 states.
  • The state’s largest racial/ethnic groups were whites (81 percent) and Hispanics (9  percent).

Marriage and Childbearing

  • In 2004, there were 13,100 births to unmarried women in Kansas, accounting for 33.0 percent of all births in the state.
  • Kansas ranked 33rd among the 50 states in the highest percentage of births to unmarried women.
  • In 2004, there were 8,126 births to unmarried white women in Kansas and 2,477 births to unmarried Hispanic women.

Marriage and Divorce

  • In 2005, Kansas had a divorce rate of 3.1 divorces per 1,000 people.  Kansas’s divorce rate ranked 31st highest among the 44 states that report divorce statistics.
  • In Kansas, the percentage of adults who were divorced was 14.6 percent, compared to the national average of 15.0 percent.
  • The percentage of adults who were divorced was 12.3 percent in rural areas and 15.2 percent in urban areas.

Marriage and Low-Income Children

  • In 2006, Kansas had 260,760 children living in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.  About half of these children (50.7 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 100,923 children in this group.
  • In 2006, 60 percent of low-income children in Kansas were white and 23 percent were Hispanic.

 

TABLE KS-1.

KANSAS

NONMARITAL BIRTHS,

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

 

 

Kansas

 

West 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

      1,135

      1,244

 91.2

 

 93.3

 

90.6

18 to 29

     10,277

     25,541

 40.2

 

 41.1

 

45.3

Over 30

      1,688

     12,884

 13.1

 

 12.6

 

16.0

Mother’s Race/Ethnicityb, c

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

      8,126

     29,275

 27.8

 

 26.4

 

24.5

African American

      1,967

      2,764

 71.2

 

 70.4

 

69.3

Hispanic

      2,477

      5,474

 45.3

 

 46.9

 

46.4

Other

        397

      1,612

 24.6

 

 42.1

 

21.7

Mother’s Educationb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

      4,438

      7,128

 62.3

 

 65.5

 

60.9

High school graduate

      7,997

     20,639

 38.7

 

 38.5

 

39.8

College graduate

        598

     11,761

  5.1

 

  5.7

 

7.0

Geographic Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Johnson County

      1,362

      7,655

 17.8

 

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Sedgwick County

      2,874

      7,803

 36.8

 

---

 

---

All other counties

      8,864

     24,211

 36.6

 

---

 

---

Total

     13,100

     39,669

 33.0

 

 32.5

 

35.8

 

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

a Includes Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

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 KS-2.

KANSAS

DIVORCE RATES,

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

 

Overall Rates, 2005

Measure

Kansas

 

West North Central Regiona

 

United Statesb

Number of divorces granted

      8,512

 

     47,601

 

846,166

Number of divorces granted per 1,000 peoplec

  3.1

 

  3.2

 

3.6

State ranking (highest to lowest)b

 31

 

 

 

 

 

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

a Includes Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.  

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

 

Kansas

 

West North Central Regiond

 

United States

Population Group

Number of
Divorced People

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

Gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men

    100,332

 13.5

 

 13.4

 

 13.7

Women

    128,977

 15.6

 

 14.8

 

 16.0

Race/Ethnicitye

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

    193,549

 14.5

 

 14.0

 

 15.0

African American

     15,651

 26.1

 

 22.9

 

 21.1

Hispanic

     10,463

  9.7

 

  9.9

 

 12.2

Other

      9,646

 14.8

 

 14.0

 

 10.4

Education Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

     25,128

 14.5

 

 14.6

 

 13.4

High school graduate

    156,619

 16.5

 

 15.6

 

 16.8

College graduate

     47,562

 10.6

 

 10.5

 

 11.9

Geographic Areae

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rural

     42,383

 12.3

 

 12.4

 

 14.5

Urban

    186,926

 15.2

 

 15.0

 

 15.1

Total

    229,309

 14.6

 

 14.2

 

 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 Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

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

 

TABLE KS-3.

KANSAS

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND GEOGRAPHIC AREA

 

 

 

Kansas

 

West 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

    132,167

 50.7

 

 48.3

 

45.4

 

Cohabiting Parents

     23,910

  9.2

 

 10.0

 

9.1

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     27,854

 10.7

 

 13.5

 

14.9

 

Formerly married

     49,843

 19.1

 

 18.3

 

18.0

 

Neither Parent

     11,532

  4.4

 

  3.7

 

4.3

 

Unknownc

     15,454

  5.9

 

  6.3

 

8.3

 

Total

    260,760

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Rural

Married Parents

     31,244

 56.2

 

 55.5

 

48.0

 

Cohabiting Parents

      5,762

 10.4

 

 10.6

 

9.6

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      2,639

  4.7

 

  6.7

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

     11,841

 21.3

 

 17.7

 

19.0

 

Neither Parent

      2,084

  3.7

 

  3.9

 

5.2

 

Unknownc

      2,062

  3.7

 

  5.7

 

7.9

 

Total

     55,632

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Urban

Married Parents

    100,923

 49.2

 

 44.8

 

44.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

     18,148

  8.8

 

  9.7

 

9.0

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     25,215

 12.3

 

 16.8

 

15.9

 

Formerly married

     38,002

 18.5

 

 18.5

 

17.7

 

Neither Parent

      9,448

  4.6

 

  3.6

 

4.1

 

Unknownc

     13,392

  6.5

 

  6.5

 

8.3

 

Total

    205,128

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 Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

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 KS-4.

KANSAS

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND RACIAL/ETHNIC BACKGROUND

 

 

 

Kansas

 

West 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

     83,033

 52.8

 

 54.3

 

52.3

 

Cohabiting Parents

     16,550

 10.5

 

 10.4

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     10,060

  6.4

 

  7.4

 

6.5

 

Formerly married

     33,967

 21.6

 

 20.1

 

21.0

 

Neither Parent

      6,062

  3.9

 

  3.2

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

      7,593

  4.8

 

  4.6

 

6.2

 

Total

    157,265

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

African
American

Married Parents

      4,611

 16.0

 

 23.1

 

20.0

Cohabiting Parents

        583

  2.0

 

  5.9

 

6.3

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     13,379

 46.3

 

 40.4

 

37.3

 

Formerly married

      4,725

 16.4

 

 16.8

 

18.6

 

Neither Parent

      2,291

  7.9

 

  4.6

 

6.9

 

Unknownc

      3,310

 11.5

 

  9.3

 

10.9

 

Total

     28,899

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Hispanic

Married Parents

     36,622

 61.5

 

 54.3

 

53.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

      4,868

  8.2

 

 11.9

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      2,829

  4.8

 

 11.2

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

      8,846

 14.9

 

 10.8

 

14.1

 

Neither Parent

      2,476

  4.2

 

  3.9

 

3.0

 

Unknownc

      3,907

  6.6

 

  7.9

 

8.9

 

Total

     59,548

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Other

Married Parents

      7,901

 52.5

 

 41.7

 

50.0

Cohabiting Parents

      1,909

 12.7

 

 11.5

 

9.5

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      1,586

 10.5

 

 14.3

 

12.0

 

Formerly married

      2,305

 15.3

 

 17.3

 

15.8

 

Neither Parent

        703

  4.7

 

  5.0

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

        644

  4.3

 

 10.1

 

8.7

 

Total

     15,048

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 Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

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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