Marriage Measures Guide of State-Level Statistics. Kentucky

03/30/2008

Overview and Key Statistics

State Population

  • In 2006, Kentucky’s state population was 4,206,074, which ranked 26th among the 50 states.
  • The state’s largest racial/ethnic groups were whites (89 percent) and African Americans (7 percent).

Marriage and Childbearing

  • In 2004, there were 19,500 births to unmarried women in Kentucky, accounting for 35.0 percent of all births in the state.
  • Kentucky ranked 26th among the 50 states in the highest percentage of births to unmarried women.
  • In 2004, there were 14,688 births to unmarried white women in Kentucky and 3,586 births to unmarried African American women.

Marriage and Divorce

  • In 2005, Kentucky had a divorce rate of 4.6 divorces per 1,000 people.  Kentucky’s divorce rate ranked ninth highest among the 44 states that report divorce statistics.
  • In Kentucky, the percentage of adults who were divorced was 17.1 percent, compared to the national average of 15.0 percent.
  • The percentage of adults who were divorced was 15.7 percent in rural areas and 18.5 percent in urban areas.

Marriage and Low-Income Children

  • In 2006, Kentucky had 421,017 children living in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.  Over two-fifths of these children (43.1 percent) were living with married parents.
  • The state’s largest group of low-income children lived with married parents in rural areas.  In 2006, there were 110,281 children in this group.
  • In 2006, 76 percent of low-income children in Kentucky were white and 15 percent were African American.

 

TABLE KY-1.

KENTUCKY

NONMARITAL BIRTHS,

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

 

 

Kentucky

 

East South 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

      1,726

      2,034

 84.9

 

 88.1

 

90.6

18 to 29

     15,351

     37,363

 41.1

 

 45.0

 

45.3

Over 30

      2,423

     16,323

 14.8

 

 16.1

 

16.0

Mother’s Race/Ethnicityb, c

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

     14,688

     47,894

 30.7

 

 26.7

 

24.5

African American

      3,586

      4,740

 75.7

 

 74.0

 

69.3

Hispanic

      1,074

      2,195

 48.9

 

 42.3

 

46.4

Other

        133

        854

 15.6

 

 20.7

 

21.7

Mother’s Educationb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

      6,959

     11,684

 59.6

 

 64.3

 

60.9

High school graduate

     11,496

     31,080

 37.0

 

 40.8

 

39.8

College graduate

        472

     10,512

  4.5

 

  6.7

 

7.0

Geographic Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jefferson County

      4,283

      9,833

 43.6

 

---

 

---

Fayette County

      1,367

      3,899

 35.1

 

---

 

---

All other counties

     13,850

     41,988

 33.0

 

---

 

---

Total

     19,500

     55,720

 35.0

 

 38.8

 

35.8

 

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

a Includes Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

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 KY-2.

KENTUCKY

DIVORCE RATES,

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

 

Overall Rates, 2005

Measure

Kentucky

 

East South Central Regiona

 

United Statesb

Number of divorces granted

     19,342

 

     82,393

 

846,166

Number of divorces granted per 1,000 peoplec

  4.6

 

  4.7

 

3.6

State ranking (highest to lowest)b

  9

 

 

 

 

 

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

a Includes Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee.  

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

 

Kentucky

 

East South Central Regiond

 

United States

Population Group

Number of
Divorced People

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

Gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men

    186,552

 16.3

 

 15.9

 

 13.7

Women

    235,423

 17.8

 

 17.3

 

 16.0

Race/Ethnicitye

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

    379,862

 16.8

 

 16.0

 

 15.0

African American

     30,622

 25.1

 

 21.1

 

 21.1

Hispanic

      5,394

 15.0

 

 11.6

 

 12.2

Other

      6,097

 14.3

 

 15.1

 

 10.4

Education Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

     87,578

 17.8

 

 16.8

 

 13.4

High school graduate

    274,843

 18.4

 

 18.0

 

 16.8

College graduate

     59,554

 12.3

 

 12.4

 

 11.9

Geographic Areae

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rural

    197,366

 15.7

 

 15.6

 

 14.5

Urban

    224,609

 18.5

 

 17.5

 

 15.1

Total

    421,975

 17.1

 

 16.6

 

 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 Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

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

 

TABLE KY-3.

KENTUCKY

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND GEOGRAPHIC AREA

 

 

 

Kentucky

 

East South Central Regiona

 

United States

Geographic
Areab

Family
Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

All Areas

Married Parents

    181,403

 43.1

 

 38.7

 

45.4

 

Cohabiting Parents

     39,630

  9.4

 

  7.9

 

9.1

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     54,072

 12.8

 

 17.4

 

14.9

 

Formerly married

     93,674

 22.2

 

 20.5

 

18.0

 

Neither Parent

     24,308

  5.8

 

  6.2

 

4.3

 

Unknownc

     27,930

  6.6

 

  9.2

 

8.3

 

Total

    421,017

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Rural

Married Parents

    110,281

 50.6

 

 43.7

 

48.0

 

Cohabiting Parents

     18,273

  8.4

 

  7.9

 

9.6

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     15,318

  7.0

 

 12.4

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

     46,432

 21.3

 

 20.2

 

19.0

 

Neither Parent

     12,651

  5.8

 

  6.4

 

5.2

 

Unknownc

     14,917

  6.8

 

  9.4

 

7.9

 

Total

    217,872

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Urban

Married Parents

     71,122

 35.0

 

 34.1

 

44.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

     21,357

 10.5

 

  7.9

 

9.0

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     38,754

 19.1

 

 22.2

 

15.9

 

Formerly married

     47,242

 23.3

 

 20.9

 

17.7

 

Neither Parent

     11,657

  5.7

 

  5.9

 

4.1

 

Unknownc

     13,013

  6.4

 

  9.0

 

8.3

 

Total

    203,145

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 Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

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 KY-4.

KENTUCKY

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND RACIAL/ETHNIC BACKGROUND

 

 

 

Kentucky

 

East South Central Regiona

 

United
States

Racial/Ethnic Groupb

Family Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

White

Married Parents

    156,967

 49.0

 

 51.4

 

52.3

 

Cohabiting Parents

     28,957

  9.0

 

  8.2

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     19,291

  6.0

 

  4.7

 

6.5

 

Formerly married

     74,831

 23.3

 

 22.4

 

21.0

 

Neither Parent

     18,120

  5.7

 

  5.8

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

     22,426

  7.0

 

  7.4

 

6.2

 

Total

    320,592

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

African
American

Married Parents

      9,557

 15.6

 

 18.5

 

20.0

Cohabiting Parents

      3,684

  6.0

 

  6.3

 

6.3

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     29,393

 47.8

 

 36.8

 

37.3

 

Formerly married

     12,817

 20.9

 

 19.8

 

18.6

 

Neither Parent

      3,326

  5.4

 

  6.9

 

6.9

 

Unknownc

      2,664

  4.3

 

 11.6

 

10.9

 

Total

     61,441

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Hispanic

Married Parents

      9,646

 50.9

 

 54.8

 

53.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

      3,251

 17.2

 

 13.8

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      2,238

 11.8

 

  9.5

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

      2,054

 10.8

 

  9.9

 

14.1

 

Neither Parent

      1,524

  8.0

 

  5.0

 

3.0

 

Unknownc

NA

NA

 

  7.1

 

8.9

 

Total

     18,937

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Other

Married Parents

      5,233

 26.1

 

 41.8

 

50.0

Cohabiting Parents

      3,738

 18.6

 

 10.8

 

9.5

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      3,150

 15.7

 

 13.3

 

12.0

 

Formerly married

      3,972

 19.8

 

 16.2

 

15.8

 

Neither Parent

      1,338

  6.7

 

  5.0

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

      2,616

 13.0

 

 13.0

 

8.7

 

Total

     20,047

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 Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

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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