Marriage Measures Guide of State-Level Statistics. Missouri

03/30/2008

Overview and Key Statistics

State Population

  • In 2006, Missouri’s state population was 5,842,713, which ranked 18th among the 50 states.
  • The state’s largest racial/ethnic groups were whites (83 percent) and African Americans (11 percent).

Marriage and Childbearing

  • In 2004, there were 28,741 births to unmarried women in Missouri, accounting for 37.0 percent of all births in the state.
  • Missouri ranked 17th among the 50 states in the highest percentage of births to unmarried women.
  • In 2004, there were 17,797 births to unmarried white women in Missouri and 8,689 births to unmarried African American women.

Marriage and Divorce

  • In 2005, Missouri had a divorce rate of 3.6 divorces per 1,000 people.  Missouri’s divorce rate ranked 25th highest among the 44 states that report divorce statistics.
  • In Missouri, the percentage of adults who were divorced was 15.8 percent, compared to the national average of 15.0 percent.
  • The percentage of adults who were divorced was 15.2 percent in rural areas and 16.1 percent in urban areas.

Marriage and Low-Income Children

  • In 2006, Missouri had 594,898 children living in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.  Nearly half of these children (46.0 percent) were living with married parents.
  • The state’s largest group of low-income children lived with married parents in urban areas.  In 2006, there were 162,356 children in this group.
  • In 2006, 65 percent of low-income children in Missouri were white and 24 percent were African American.

 

TABLE MO-1.

MISSOURI

NONMARITAL BIRTHS,

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

 

 

Missouri

 

West North 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

      2,563

      2,770

 92.5

 

 93.3

 

90.6

18 to 29

     22,481

     50,240

 44.7

 

 41.1

 

45.3

Over 30

      3,697

     24,755

 14.9

 

 12.6

 

16.0

Mother’s Race/Ethnicityb, c

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

     17,797

     60,455

 29.4

 

 26.4

 

24.5

African American

      8,689

     11,278

 77.0

 

 70.4

 

69.3

Hispanic

      1,828

      3,845

 47.5

 

 46.9

 

46.4

Other

        417

      2,108

 19.8

 

 42.1

 

21.7

Mother’s Educationb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

      9,856

     14,453

 68.2

 

 65.5

 

60.9

High school graduate

     16,982

     41,315

 41.1

 

 38.5

 

39.8

College graduate

      1,398

     21,063

  6.6

 

  5.7

 

7.0

Geographic Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Louis County

      3,959

     12,181

 32.5

 

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Jackson County

      4,887

     10,310

 47.4

 

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All other counties

     19,895

     55,274

 36.0

 

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Total

     28,741

     77,765

 37.0

 

 32.5

 

35.8

 

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

a Includes Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

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 MO-2.

MISSOURI

DIVORCE RATES,

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

 

Overall Rates, 2005

Measure

Missouri

 

West North Central Regiona

 

United Statesb

Number of divorces granted

     21,013

 

     47,601

 

846,166

Number of divorces granted per 1,000 peoplec

  3.6

 

  3.2

 

3.6

State ranking (highest to lowest)b

 25

 

 

 

 

 

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

a Includes Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.  

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

 

Missouri

 

West North Central Regiond

 

United States

Population Group

Number of
Divorced People

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

Gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men

    229,626

 15.0

 

 13.4

 

 13.7

Women

    294,176

 16.6

 

 14.8

 

 16.0

Race/Ethnicitye

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

    450,433

 15.5

 

 14.0

 

 15.0

African American

     51,470

 21.2

 

 22.9

 

 21.1

Hispanic

      6,981

 10.1

 

  9.9

 

 12.2

Other

     14,918

 16.4

 

 14.0

 

 10.4

Education Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

     79,616

 16.3

 

 14.6

 

 13.4

High school graduate

    352,961

 17.3

 

 15.6

 

 16.8

College graduate

     91,225

 11.7

 

 10.5

 

 11.9

Geographic Areae

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rural

    147,161

 15.2

 

 12.4

 

 14.5

Urban

    376,641

 16.1

 

 15.0

 

 15.1

Total

    523,802

 15.8

 

 14.2

 

 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 Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

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

 

TABLE MO-3.

MISSOURI

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND GEOGRAPHIC AREA

 

 

 

Missouri

 

West North Central Regiona

 

United States

Geographic
Areab

Family
Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

All Areas

Married Parents

    273,649

 46.0

 

 48.3

 

45.4

 

Cohabiting Parents

     51,437

  8.6

 

 10.0

 

9.1

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     95,057

 16.0

 

 13.5

 

14.9

 

Formerly married

    113,764

 19.1

 

 18.3

 

18.0

 

Neither Parent

     22,326

  3.8

 

  3.7

 

4.3

 

Unknownc

     38,665

  6.5

 

  6.3

 

8.3

 

Total

    594,898

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Rural

Married Parents

    111,293

 58.9

 

 55.5

 

48.0

 

Cohabiting Parents

     16,627

  8.8

 

 10.6

 

9.6

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      7,493

  4.0

 

  6.7

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

     36,593

 19.4

 

 17.7

 

19.0

 

Neither Parent

      7,047

  3.7

 

  3.9

 

5.2

 

Unknownc

     10,009

  5.3

 

  5.7

 

7.9

 

Total

    189,062

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Urban

Married Parents

    162,356

 40.0

 

 44.8

 

44.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

     34,810

  8.6

 

  9.7

 

9.0

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     87,564

 21.6

 

 16.8

 

15.9

 

Formerly married

     77,171

 19.0

 

 18.5

 

17.7

 

Neither Parent

     15,279

  3.8

 

  3.6

 

4.1

 

Unknownc

     28,656

  7.1

 

  6.5

 

8.3

 

Total

    405,836

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 Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

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 MO-4.

MISSOURI

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND RACIAL/ETHNIC BACKGROUND

 

 

 

Missouri

 

West North Central Regiona

 

United
States

Racial/Ethnic Groupb

Family Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

White

Married Parents

    215,078

 55.9

 

 54.3

 

52.3

 

Cohabiting Parents

     35,962

  9.3

 

 10.4

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     22,759

  5.9

 

  7.4

 

6.5

 

Formerly married

     77,331

 20.1

 

 20.1

 

21.0

 

Neither Parent

     13,315

  3.5

 

  3.2

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

     20,277

  5.3

 

  4.6

 

6.2

 

Total

    384,722

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

African
American

Married Parents

     28,544

 20.2

 

 23.1

 

20.0

Cohabiting Parents

      7,147

  5.1

 

  5.9

 

6.3

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     61,312

 43.4

 

 40.4

 

37.3

 

Formerly married

     24,044

 17.0

 

 16.8

 

18.6

 

Neither Parent

      6,128

  4.3

 

  4.6

 

6.9

 

Unknownc

     14,180

 10.0

 

  9.3

 

10.9

 

Total

    141,355

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Hispanic

Married Parents

     18,625

 54.2

 

 54.3

 

53.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

      5,450

 15.9

 

 11.9

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      4,126

 12.0

 

 11.2

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

      2,996

  8.7

 

 10.8

 

14.1

 

Neither Parent

      1,018

  3.0

 

  3.9

 

3.0

 

Unknownc

      2,155

  6.3

 

  7.9

 

8.9

 

Total

     34,370

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Other

Married Parents

     11,402

 33.1

 

 41.7

 

50.0

Cohabiting Parents

      2,878

  8.4

 

 11.5

 

9.5

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      6,860

 19.9

 

 14.3

 

12.0

 

Formerly married

      9,393

 27.3

 

 17.3

 

15.8

 

Neither Parent

      1,865

  5.4

 

  5.0

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

      2,053

  6.0

 

 10.1

 

8.7

 

Total

     34,451

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 Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

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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