Marriage Measures Guide of State-Level Statistics. Louisiana

03/30/2008

Overview and Key Statistics

 

State Population

  • In 2006, Louisiana’s state population was 4,287,768, which ranked 25th among the 50 states.
  • The state’s largest racial/ethnic groups were whites (63 percent) and African Americans (31  percent).

Marriage and Childbearing

  • In 2004, there were 32,117 births to unmarried women in Louisiana, accounting for 49.1 percent of all births in the state.
  • Louisiana ranked first among the 50 states in the highest percentage of births to unmarried women.
  • In 2004, there were 20,419 births to unmarried African American women in Louisiana and 10,446 births to unmarried white women.

Marriage and Divorce

  • In Louisiana, the percentage of adults who were divorced was 15.6 percent, compared to the national average of 15.0 percent.
  • The percentage of adults who were divorced was 14.1 percent in rural areas and 16.0 percent in urban areas.
  • The percentage of adults who were divorced was 20.4 percent among African Americans and 14.3 percent among whites.

Marriage and Low-Income Children

  • In 2006, Louisiana had 527,949 children living in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.  Just over one-third of these children (35.1 percent) were living with married parents.
  • The state’s largest group of low-income children lived with single parents in urban areas.  In 2006, there were 177,008 children in this group.
  • In 2006, 57 percent of low-income children in Louisiana were African American and 36 percent were white.

 

TABLE LA-1.

LOUISIANA

NONMARITAL BIRTHS,

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

 

 

Louisiana

 

West 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

      3,021

      3,177

 95.1

 

 86.0

 

90.6

18 to 29

     25,575

     45,416

 56.3

 

 44.2

 

45.3

Over 30

      3,521

     16,776

 21.0

 

 16.6

 

16.0

Mother’s Race/Ethnicityb, c

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

     10,446

     35,198

 29.7

 

 26.2

 

24.5

African American

     20,419

     26,625

 76.7

 

 69.9

 

69.3

Hispanic

        794

      1,952

 40.7

 

 40.9

 

46.4

Other

        397

      1,476

 26.9

 

 21.5

 

21.7

Mother’s Educationb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

     11,275

     14,624

 77.1

 

 55.1

 

60.9

High school graduate

     19,249

     37,239

 51.7

 

 40.3

 

39.8

College graduate

      1,543

     13,417

 11.5

 

  7.2

 

7.0

Geographic Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orleans Parish

      4,653

      6,860

 67.8

 

---

 

---

Jefferson Parish

      2,937

      6,285

 46.7

 

---

 

---

All other counties

     24,527

     52,224

 47.0

 

---

 

---

Total

     32,117

     65,369

 49.1

 

 38.1

 

35.8

 

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

a Includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.

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 LA-2.

LOUISIANA

DIVORCE RATES,

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

 

Overall Rates, 2005

Measure

Louisiana

 

West South Central Regiona

 

United Statesb

Number of divorces granted

NA

 

    112,674

 

846,166

Number of divorces granted per 1,000 peoplec

NA

 

  3.9

 

3.6

State ranking (highest to lowest)b

NA

 

 

 

 

 

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

a Includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.  Data not available for Louisiana.

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; Louisiana does not report these divorce statistics.

 

Percentage of Ever-Married Adults Who Are Divorced, 2006

 

Louisiana

 

West South Central Regiond

 

United States

Population Group

Number of
Divorced People

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

Gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men

    152,327

 14.6

 

 14.1

 

 13.7

Women

    203,279

 16.4

 

 16.4

 

 16.0

Race/Ethnicitye

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

    232,179

 14.3

 

 15.8

 

 15.0

African American

    108,498

 20.4

 

 22.0

 

 21.1

Hispanic

      7,273

 12.1

 

 11.4

 

 12.2

Other

      7,656

 12.6

 

 12.3

 

 10.4

Education Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

     68,967

 15.7

 

 12.9

 

 13.4

High school graduate

    226,550

 16.4

 

 17.2

 

 16.8

College graduate

     60,089

 13.1

 

 12.6

 

 11.9

Geographic Areae

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rural

     61,091

 14.1

 

 14.6

 

 14.5

Urban

    294,515

 16.0

 

 15.5

 

 15.1

Total

    355,606

 15.6

 

 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 Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.

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

 

TABLE LA-3.

LOUISIANA

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND GEOGRAPHIC AREA

 

 

 

Louisiana

 

West 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

    185,059

 35.1

 

 48.0

 

45.4

 

Cohabiting Parents

     32,372

  6.1

 

  6.8

 

9.1

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

    117,383

 22.2

 

 12.0

 

14.9

 

Formerly married

    101,547

 19.2

 

 18.7

 

18.0

 

Neither Parent

     28,583

  5.4

 

  4.5

 

4.3

 

Unknownc

     63,005

 11.9

 

 10.1

 

8.3

 

Total

    527,949

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Rural

Married Parents

     46,209

 40.6

 

 46.6

 

48.0

 

Cohabiting Parents

      5,572

  4.9

 

  7.4

 

9.6

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     21,406

 18.8

 

  9.6

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

     20,516

 18.0

 

 20.8

 

19.0

 

Neither Parent

      8,625

  7.6

 

  6.2

 

5.2

 

Unknownc

     11,489

 10.1

 

  9.3

 

7.9

 

Total

    113,817

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Urban

Married Parents

    138,850

 33.5

 

 48.2

 

44.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

     26,800

  6.5

 

  6.6

 

9.0

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     95,977

 23.2

 

 12.4

 

15.9

 

Formerly married

     81,031

 19.6

 

 18.3

 

17.7

 

Neither Parent

     19,958

  4.8

 

  4.2

 

4.1

 

Unknownc

     51,516

 12.4

 

 10.2

 

8.3

 

Total

    414,132

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 Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.

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 LA-4.

LOUISIANA

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND RACIAL/ETHNIC BACKGROUND

 

 

 

Louisiana

 

West 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

    100,246

 53.3

 

 51.8

 

52.3

 

Cohabiting Parents

     13,230

  7.0

 

  7.1

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     10,936

  5.8

 

  4.7

 

6.5

 

Formerly married

     41,093

 21.8

 

 23.6

 

21.0

 

Neither Parent

      8,484

  4.5

 

  5.5

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

     14,199

  7.5

 

  7.4

 

6.2

 

Total

    188,188

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

African
American

Married Parents

     61,930

 20.5

 

 21.8

 

20.0

Cohabiting Parents

     17,281

  5.7

 

  5.7

 

6.3

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

    100,619

 33.4

 

 33.1

 

37.3

 

Formerly married

     56,095

 18.6

 

 19.8

 

18.6

 

Neither Parent

     19,006

  6.3

 

  6.8

 

6.9

 

Unknownc

     46,436

 15.4

 

 12.8

 

10.9

 

Total

    301,367

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Hispanic

Married Parents

     10,263

 72.3

 

 56.9

 

53.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

NA

NA

 

  7.0

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      2,052

 14.5

 

  7.1

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

        970

  6.8

 

 15.3

 

14.1

 

Neither Parent

        289

  2.0

 

  3.0

 

3.0

 

Unknownc

        405

  2.9

 

 10.7

 

8.9

 

Total

     14,186

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Other

Married Parents

     12,620

 52.1

 

 50.4

 

50.0

Cohabiting Parents

      1,654

  6.8

 

  7.4

 

9.5

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      3,776

 15.6

 

 10.8

 

12.0

 

Formerly married

      3,389

 14.0

 

 18.9

 

15.8

 

Neither Parent

        804

  3.3

 

  4.0

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

      1,965

  8.1

 

  8.4

 

8.7

 

Total

     24,208

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 Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.

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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