Marriage Measures Guide of State-Level Statistics. Mississippi

03/30/2008

Overview and Key Statistics

 

State Population

  • In 2006, Mississippi’s state population was 2,910,540, which ranked 31st among the 50 states.
  • The state’s largest racial/ethnic groups were whites (59 percent) and African Americans (37 percent).

Marriage and Childbearing

  • In 2004, there were 20,705 births to unmarried women in Mississippi, accounting for 48.3 percent of all births in the state.
  • Mississippi ranked third among the 50 states in the highest percentage of births to unmarried women.
  • In 2004, there were 14,177 births to unmarried African American women in Mississippi and 5,714 births to unmarried white women.

Marriage and Divorce

  • In 2005, Mississippi had a divorce rate of 4.4 divorces per 1,000 people.  Mississippi’s divorce rate ranked 13th highest among the 44 states that report divorce statistics.
  • The percentage of adults who were divorced was 14.7 percent in rural areas and 16.3 percent in urban areas.

Marriage and Low-Income Children

  • In 2006, Mississippi had 408,822 children living in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.  Less than one-third of these children (30.8 percent) were living with married parents.
  • The state’s largest group of low-income children lived with single parents in rural areas.  In 2006, there were 100,996 children in this group.
  • In 2006, 62 percent of low-income children in Mississippi were African American and 33 percent were white.

 

TABLE MS-1.

MISSISSIPPI

NONMARITAL BIRTHS,

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

 

 

Mississippi

 

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

      2,122

      2,304

 92.1

 

 88.1

 

90.6

18 to 29

     16,377

     30,409

 53.9

 

 45.0

 

45.3

Over 30

      2,206

     10,114

 21.8

 

 16.1

 

16.0

Mother’s Race/Ethnicityb, c

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

      5,714

     22,419

 25.5

 

 26.7

 

24.5

African American

     14,177

     18,491

 76.7

 

 74.0

 

69.3

Hispanic

        519

      1,108

 46.8

 

 42.3

 

46.4

Other

        287

        772

 37.2

 

 20.7

 

21.7

Mother’s Educationb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

      7,500

     10,196

 73.6

 

 64.3

 

60.9

High school graduate

     11,867

     23,273

 51.0

 

 40.8

 

39.8

College graduate

        952

      7,535

 12.6

 

  6.7

 

7.0

Geographic Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hinds County

      2,382

      3,929

 60.6

 

---

 

---

Harrison County

      1,336

      3,009

 44.4

 

---

 

---

All other counties

     16,987

     35,889

 47.3

 

---

 

---

Total

     20,705

     42,827

 48.3

 

 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 MS-2.

MISSISSIPPI

DIVORCE RATES,

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

 

Overall Rates, 2005

Measure

Mississippi

 

East South Central Regiona

 

United Statesb

Number of divorces granted

     12,798

 

     82,393

 

846,166

Number of divorces granted per 1,000 peoplec

  4.4

 

  4.7

 

3.6

State ranking (highest to lowest)b

 13

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Mississippi

 

East South Central Regiond

 

United States

Population Group

Number of
Divorced People

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

Gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men

    101,596

 14.5

 

 15.9

 

 13.7

Women

    135,339

 16.1

 

 17.3

 

 16.0

Race/Ethnicitye

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

    159,729

 14.9

 

 16.0

 

 15.0

African American

     71,388

 17.1

 

 21.1

 

 21.1

Hispanic

      2,422

 11.8

 

 11.6

 

 12.2

Other

      3,396

 14.1

 

 15.1

 

 10.4

Education Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

     48,099

 14.9

 

 16.8

 

 13.4

High school graduate

    155,012

 16.7

 

 18.0

 

 16.8

College graduate

     33,824

 11.7

 

 12.4

 

 11.9

Geographic Areae

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rural

    133,121

 14.7

 

 15.6

 

 14.5

Urban

    103,814

 16.3

 

 17.5

 

 15.1

Total

    236,935

 15.4

 

 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 MS-3.

MISSISSIPPI

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND GEOGRAPHIC AREA

 

 

 

Mississippi

 

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

    125,779

 30.8

 

 38.7

 

45.4

 

Cohabiting Parents

     28,763

  7.0

 

  7.9

 

9.1

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     93,666

 22.9

 

 17.4

 

14.9

 

Formerly married

     82,712

 20.2

 

 20.5

 

18.0

 

Neither Parent

     29,437

  7.2

 

  6.2

 

4.3

 

Unknownc

     48,465

 11.9

 

  9.2

 

8.3

 

Total

    408,822

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Rural

Married Parents

     77,062

 31.5

 

 43.7

 

48.0

 

Cohabiting Parents

     18,762

  7.7

 

  7.9

 

9.6

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     52,670

 21.5

 

 12.4

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

     48,326

 19.8

 

 20.2

 

19.0

 

Neither Parent

     17,672

  7.2

 

  6.4

 

5.2

 

Unknownc

     29,921

 12.2

 

  9.4

 

7.9

 

Total

    244,413

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Urban

Married Parents

     48,717

 29.6

 

 34.1

 

44.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

     10,001

  6.1

 

  7.9

 

9.0

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     40,996

 24.9

 

 22.2

 

15.9

 

Formerly married

     34,386

 20.9

 

 20.9

 

17.7

 

Neither Parent

     11,765

  7.2

 

  5.9

 

4.1

 

Unknownc

     18,544

 11.3

 

  9.0

 

8.3

 

Total

    164,409

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 MS-4.

MISSISSIPPI

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND RACIAL/ETHNIC BACKGROUND

 

 

 

Mississippi

 

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

     70,988

 52.2

 

 51.4

 

52.3

 

Cohabiting Parents

     10,467

  7.7

 

  8.2

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      4,576

  3.4

 

  4.7

 

6.5

 

Formerly married

     29,370

 21.6

 

 22.4

 

21.0

 

Neither Parent

      8,774

  6.4

 

  5.8

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

     11,859

  8.7

 

  7.4

 

6.2

 

Total

    136,034

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

African
American

Married Parents

     46,402

 18.2

 

 18.5

 

20.0

Cohabiting Parents

     17,039

  6.7

 

  6.3

 

6.3

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     85,037

 33.4

 

 36.8

 

37.3

 

Formerly married

     51,862

 20.4

 

 19.8

 

18.6

 

Neither Parent

     19,773

  7.8

 

  6.9

 

6.9

 

Unknownc

     34,176

 13.4

 

 11.6

 

10.9

 

Total

    254,289

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Hispanic

Married Parents

      4,610

 54.8

 

 54.8

 

53.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

        679

  8.1

 

 13.8

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      1,731

 20.6

 

  9.5

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

        440

  5.2

 

  9.9

 

14.1

 

Neither Parent

        426

  5.1

 

  5.0

 

3.0

 

Unknownc

        529

  6.3

 

  7.1

 

8.9

 

Total

      8,415

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Other

Married Parents

      3,779

 37.5

 

 41.8

 

50.0

Cohabiting Parents

        578

  5.7

 

 10.8

 

9.5

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      2,322

 23.0

 

 13.3

 

12.0

 

Formerly married

      1,040

 10.3

 

 16.2

 

15.8

 

Neither Parent

        464

  4.6

 

  5.0

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

      1,901

 18.9

 

 13.0

 

8.7

 

Total

     10,084

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.

 

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