Marriage Measures Guide of State-Level Statistics. Maryland

03/30/2008

Overview and Key Statistics

 

State Population

  • In 2006, Maryland’s state population was 5,615,727, which ranked 19th among the 50 states.
  • The state’s largest racial/ethnic groups were whites (59 percent) and African Americans (28  percent).

Marriage and Childbearing

  • In 2004, there were 26,652 births to unmarried women in Maryland, accounting for 35.7 percent of all births in the state.
  • Maryland ranked 22nd among the 50 states in the highest percentage of births to unmarried women.
  • In 2004, there were 14,397 births to unmarried African American women in Maryland and 8,088 births to unmarried white women.

Marriage and Divorce

  • In 2005, Maryland had a divorce rate of 3.1 divorces per 1,000 people.  Maryland’s divorce rate ranked 32nd highest among the 44 states that report divorce statistics.
  • In Maryland, the percentage of adults who were divorced was 13.8 percent, compared to the national average of 15.0 percent.
  • The percentage of adults who were divorced was 13.4 percent in rural areas and 13.8 percent in urban areas.

Marriage and Low-Income Children

  • In 2006, Maryland had 333,271 children living in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.  Just over one-third of these children (33.7 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 121,550 children in this group.
  • In 2006, 51 percent of low-income children in Maryland were African American and 29 percent were white.

 

TABLE MD-1.

MARYLAND

NONMARITAL BIRTHS,

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

 

 

Maryland

 

South Atlantic 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

      2,144

      2,241

 95.7

 

 90.8

 

90.6

18 to 29

     19,097

     37,780

 50.5

 

 48.2

 

45.3

Over 30

      5,411

     34,607

 15.6

 

 16.7

 

16.0

Mother’s Race/Ethnicityb, c

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

      8,088

     38,069

 21.2

 

 24.8

 

24.5

African American

     14,397

     24,152

 59.6

 

 66.4

 

69.3

Hispanic

      3,736

      7,634

 48.9

 

 45.1

 

46.4

Other

        406

      4,700

  8.6

 

 14.5

 

21.7

Mother’s Educationb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

      7,405

     10,054

 73.7

 

 66.4

 

60.9

High school graduate

     16,123

     34,800

 46.3

 

 41.3

 

39.8

College graduate

      2,573

     28,653

  9.0

 

  7.3

 

7.0

Geographic Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Montgomery County

      2,991

     13,663

 21.9

 

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Prince George’s County

      5,573

     12,203

 45.7

 

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All other counties

     18,088

     48,762

 37.1

 

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Total

     26,652

     74,628

 35.7

 

 38.1

 

35.8

 

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

a Includes Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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 MD-2.

MARYLAND

DIVORCE RATES,

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

 

Overall Rates, 2005

Measure

Maryland

 

South Atlantic Regiona

 

United Statesb

Number of divorces granted

     17,233

 

    189,151

 

846,166

Number of divorces granted per 1,000 peoplec

  3.1

 

  4.1

 

3.6

State ranking (highest to lowest)b

 32

 

 

 

 

 

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

a Includes Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.  

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

 

Maryland

 

South Atlantic Regiond

 

United States

Population Group

Number of
Divorced People

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

Gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men

    165,859

 12.1

 

 14.0

 

 13.7

Women

    247,070

 15.3

 

 16.3

 

 16.0

Race/Ethnicitye

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

    250,867

 12.8

 

 14.8

 

 15.0

African American

    130,237

 19.1

 

 19.7

 

 21.1

Hispanic

     15,696

 10.2

 

 13.2

 

 12.2

Other

     16,129

  7.9

 

 10.8

 

 10.4

Education Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

     44,039

 12.3

 

 14.2

 

 13.4

High school graduate

    255,315

 16.5

 

 16.8

 

 16.8

College graduate

    113,575

 10.5

 

 12.4

 

 11.9

Geographic Areae

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rural

     35,221

 13.4

 

 14.6

 

 14.5

Urban

    377,708

 13.8

 

 15.4

 

 15.1

Total

    412,929

 13.8

 

 15.2

 

 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 Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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

 

TABLE MD-3.

MARYLAND

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND GEOGRAPHIC AREA

 

 

 

Maryland

 

South Atlantic Regiona

 

United States

Geographic
Areab

Family
Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

All Areas

Married Parents

    112,159

 33.7

 

 40.7

 

45.4

 

Cohabiting Parents

     30,970

  9.3

 

  8.9

 

9.1

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     76,975

 23.1

 

 17.6

 

14.9

 

Formerly married

     56,610

 17.0

 

 18.5

 

18.0

 

Neither Parent

     21,895

  6.6

 

  5.2

 

4.3

 

Unknownc

     34,662

 10.4

 

  9.0

 

8.3

 

Total

    333,271

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Rural

Married Parents

     11,978

 39.9

 

 41.7

 

48.0

 

Cohabiting Parents

      2,369

  7.9

 

  8.7

 

9.6

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      6,622

 22.1

 

 14.3

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

      5,413

 18.0

 

 19.8

 

19.0

 

Neither Parent

      1,984

  6.6

 

  6.2

 

5.2

 

Unknownc

      1,633

  5.4

 

  9.3

 

7.9

 

Total

     29,999

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Urban

Married Parents

    100,181

 33.0

 

 40.4

 

44.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

     28,601

  9.4

 

  9.0

 

9.0

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     70,353

 23.2

 

 18.6

 

15.9

 

Formerly married

     51,197

 16.9

 

 18.2

 

17.7

 

Neither Parent

     19,911

  6.6

 

  4.9

 

4.1

 

Unknownc

     33,029

 10.9

 

  8.9

 

8.3

 

Total

    303,272

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 Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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 MD-4.

MARYLAND

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND RACIAL/ETHNIC BACKGROUND

 

 

 

Maryland

 

South Atlantic Regiona

 

United
States

Racial/Ethnic Groupb

Family Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

White

Married Parents

     44,299

 46.2

 

 51.8

 

52.3

 

Cohabiting Parents

     11,605

 12.1

 

  9.9

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      7,088

  7.4

 

  5.3

 

6.5

 

Formerly married

     19,447

 20.3

 

 20.9

 

21.0

 

Neither Parent

      5,599

  5.8

 

  4.5

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

      7,827

  8.2

 

  7.6

 

6.2

 

Total

     95,865

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

African
American

Married Parents

     35,536

 20.9

 

 20.8

 

20.0

Cohabiting Parents

     13,485

  7.9

 

  6.8

 

6.3

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     59,793

 35.2

 

 35.0

 

37.3

 

Formerly married

     27,976

 16.5

 

 19.0

 

18.6

 

Neither Parent

     12,655

  7.4

 

  7.0

 

6.9

 

Unknownc

     20,562

 12.1

 

 11.6

 

10.9

 

Total

    170,007

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Hispanic

Married Parents

     22,747

 52.9

 

 56.5

 

53.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

      4,641

 10.8

 

 11.4

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      4,793

 11.1

 

  8.2

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

      7,150

 16.6

 

 13.8

 

14.1

 

Neither Parent

      1,800

  4.2

 

  3.1

 

3.0

 

Unknownc

      1,890

  4.4

 

  7.1

 

8.9

 

Total

     43,021

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Other

Married Parents

      9,577

 39.3

 

 49.7

 

50.0

Cohabiting Parents

      1,239

  5.1

 

  9.0

 

9.5

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      5,301

 21.7

 

 14.5

 

12.0

 

Formerly married

      2,037

  8.4

 

 14.7

 

15.8

 

Neither Parent

      1,841

  7.6

 

  4.6

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

      4,383

 18.0

 

  7.5

 

8.7

 

Total

     24,378

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 Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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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