Marriage Measures Guide of State-Level Statistics. Maine

03/30/2008

Overview and Key Statistics

State Population

  • In 2006, Maine’s state population was 1,321,574, which ranked 40th among the 50 states.
  • The racial/ethnic composition of the state’s population was predominately white (95 percent).

Marriage and Childbearing

  • In 2004, there were 4,748 births to unmarried women in Maine, accounting for 34.1 percent of all births in the state.
  • Maine ranked 31st among the 50 states in the highest percentage of births to unmarried women.
  • The percentage of births to unmarried women was lower in counties in the Portland area (Cumberland and York counties) than in other areas of the state.

Marriage and Divorce

  • In 2005, Maine had a divorce rate of 4.1 divorces per 1,000 people.  Maine’s divorce rate ranked 18th highest among the 44 states that report divorce statistics.
  • In Maine, the percentage of adults who were divorced was 17.6 percent, compared to the national average of 15.0 percent.
  • The percentage of adults who were divorced was 17.1 percent in rural areas and 20.9 percent in urban areas.

Marriage and Low-Income Children

  • In 2006, Maine had 106,907 children living in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.  Over two-fifths of these children (43.2 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 39,545 children in this group.
  • In 2006, 88 percent of low-income children in Maine were white.

 

TABLE ME-1.

MAINE

NONMARITAL BIRTHS,

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

 

 

Maine

 

New England 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

        276

        288

 95.8

 

 96.8

 

90.6

18 to 29

      3,720

      8,271

 45.0

 

 47.9

 

45.3

Over 30

        752

      5,385

 14.0

 

 11.9

 

16.0

Mother’s Race/Ethnicityb, c

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

      4,464

     13,143

 34.0

 

 22.7

 

24.5

African American

         77

        217

 35.5

 

 60.6

 

69.3

Hispanic

         57

        180

 31.7

 

 61.6

 

46.4

Other

        130

        334

 38.9

 

 16.3

 

21.7

Mother’s Educationb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

      1,078

      1,420

 75.9

 

 74.2

 

60.9

High school graduate

      3,313

      8,017

 41.3

 

 40.6

 

39.8

College graduate

        309

      4,300

  7.2

 

  6.0

 

7.0

Geographic Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cumberland County

        772

      3,015

 25.6

 

---

 

---

York County

        642

      2,170

 29.6

 

---

 

---

All other counties

      3,334

      8,759

 38.1

 

---

 

---

Total

      4,748

     13,944

 34.1

 

 30.1

 

35.8

 

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

a Includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

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 ME-2.

MAINE

DIVORCE RATES,

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

 

Overall Rates, 2005

Measure

Maine

 

New England Regiona

 

United Statesb

Number of divorces granted

      5,443

 

     40,822

 

846,166

Number of divorces granted per 1,000 peoplec

  4.1

 

  2.9

 

3.6

State ranking (highest to lowest)b

 18

 

 

 

 

 

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

a Includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.  

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

 

Maine

 

New England Regiond

 

United States

Population Group

Number of
Divorced People

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

Gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men

     59,105

 16.1

 

 13.1

 

 13.7

Women

     80,304

 18.9

 

 15.8

 

 16.0

Race/Ethnicitye

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

    134,746

 17.7

 

 14.5

 

 15.0

African American

NA

NA

 

 18.6

 

 21.1

Hispanic

        945

 18.2

 

 17.2

 

 12.2

Other

      2,718

 14.1

 

  9.6

 

 10.4

Education Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

     15,181

 18.3

 

 14.5

 

 13.4

High school graduate

     96,028

 19.0

 

 16.7

 

 16.8

College graduate

     28,200

 13.9

 

 11.1

 

 11.9

Geographic Areae

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rural

    116,082

 17.1

 

 16.8

 

 14.5

Urban

     23,327

 20.9

 

 14.1

 

 15.1

Total

    139,409

 17.6

 

 14.6

 

 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 Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

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

NA = not available; sample sizes are too small to produce precise state-level estimates.

 

TABLE ME-3.

MAINE

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND GEOGRAPHIC AREA

 

 

 

Maine

 

New England Regiona

 

United States

Geographic
Areab

Family
Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

All Areas

Married Parents

     46,139

 43.2

 

 38.4

 

45.4

 

Cohabiting Parents

     16,226

 15.2

 

 11.4

 

9.1

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      8,399

  7.9

 

 18.8

 

14.9

 

Formerly married

     27,607

 25.8

 

 21.8

 

18.0

 

Neither Parent

      3,968

  3.7

 

  4.2

 

4.3

 

Unknownc

      4,568

  4.3

 

  5.4

 

8.3

 

Total

    106,907

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Rural

Married Parents

     39,545

 46.6

 

 47.6

 

48.0

 

Cohabiting Parents

     12,413

 14.6

 

 13.7

 

9.6

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      4,594

  5.4

 

  6.6

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

     21,720

 25.6

 

 24.2

 

19.0

 

Neither Parent

      3,499

  4.1

 

  4.3

 

5.2

 

Unknownc

      3,007

  3.5

 

  3.6

 

7.9

 

Total

     84,778

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Urban

Married Parents

      6,594

 29.8

 

 36.4

 

44.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

      3,813

 17.2

 

 10.9

 

9.0

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      3,805

 17.2

 

 21.4

 

15.9

 

Formerly married

      5,887

 26.6

 

 21.3

 

17.7

 

Neither Parent

        469

  2.1

 

  4.2

 

4.1

 

Unknownc

      1,561

  7.1

 

  5.7

 

8.3

 

Total

     22,129

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 Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

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 ME-4.

MAINE

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND RACIAL/ETHNIC BACKGROUND

 

 

 

Maine

 

New England Regiona

 

United
States

Racial/Ethnic Groupb

Family Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

White

Married Parents

     40,750

 43.2

 

 45.0

 

52.3

 

Cohabiting Parents

     15,338

 16.2

 

 12.7

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      7,083

  7.5

 

  9.5

 

6.5

 

Formerly married

     25,335

 26.8

 

 24.4

 

21.0

 

Neither Parent

      2,935

  3.1

 

  3.9

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

      2,952

  3.1

 

  4.5

 

6.2

 

Total

     94,393

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

African
American

Married Parents

NA

NA

 

 23.0

 

20.0

Cohabiting Parents

NA

NA

 

  7.0

 

6.3

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

NA

NA

 

 36.9

 

37.3

 

Formerly married

NA

NA

 

 19.0

 

18.6

 

Neither Parent

NA

NA

 

  6.4

 

6.9

 

Unknownc

NA

NA

 

  7.7

 

10.9

 

Total

NA

NA

 

100.0

 

100.0

Hispanic

Married Parents

NA

NA

 

 29.0

 

53.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

NA

NA

 

 10.8

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

NA

NA

 

 30.0

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

NA

NA

 

 20.4

 

14.1

 

Neither Parent

NA

NA

 

  3.7

 

3.0

 

Unknownc

NA

NA

 

  6.1

 

8.9

 

Total

NA

NA

 

100.0

 

100.0

Other

Married Parents

      4,067

 60.1

 

 45.2

 

50.0

Cohabiting Parents

        557

  8.2

 

 11.1

 

9.5

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

        639

  9.4

 

 20.0

 

12.0

 

Formerly married

      1,209

 17.9

 

 13.5

 

15.8

 

Neither Parent

        201

  3.0

 

  5.0

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

NA

NA

 

  5.3

 

8.7

 

Total

      6,765

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 Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

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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