Marriage Measures Guide of State-Level Statistics. Nebraska

03/30/2008

Overview and Key Statistics

State Population

  • In 2006, Nebraska’s state population was 1,768,331, which ranked 38th among the 50 states.
  • The state’s largest racial/ethnic groups were whites (84 percent), Hispanics (8  percent), and African Americans (4  percent).

Marriage and Childbearing

  • In 2004, there were 7,954 births to unmarried women in Nebraska, accounting for 30.2 percent of all births in the state.
  • Nebraska ranked 42nd among the 50 states in the highest percentage of births to unmarried women.
  • In 2004, there were 4,760 births to unmarried white women in Nebraska, 1,516 births to unmarried Hispanic women, and 1,068 births to unmarried African American women.

Marriage and Divorce

  • In 2005, Nebraska had a divorce rate of 3.3 divorces per 1,000 people.  Nebraska’s divorce rate ranked 29th highest among the 44 states that report divorce statistics.
  • The percentage of adults who were divorced was 11.5 percent in rural areas and 14.4 percent in urban areas.

Marriage and Low-Income Children

  • In 2006, Nebraska had 172,320 children living in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.  Just over half of these children (52.5 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 60,941 children in this group.
  • In 2006, 61 percent of low-income children in Nebraska were white, 19 percent were Hispanic, and 11 percent were African American.

 

TABLE NE-1.

NEBRASKA

NONMARITAL BIRTHS,

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

 

 

Nebraska

 

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

        648

        694

 93.4

 

 93.3

 

90.6

18 to 29

      6,273

     16,490

 38.0

 

 41.1

 

45.3

Over 30

      1,033

      9,148

 11.3

 

 12.6

 

16.0

Mother’s Race/Ethnicityb, c

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

      4,760

     19,657

 24.2

 

 26.4

 

24.5

African American

      1,068

      1,536

 69.5

 

 70.4

 

69.3

Hispanic

      1,516

      3,450

 43.9

 

 46.9

 

46.4

Other

        416

      1,021

 40.7

 

 42.1

 

21.7

Mother’s Educationb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

      2,561

      4,346

 58.9

 

 65.5

 

60.9

High school graduate

      4,973

     13,597

 36.6

 

 38.5

 

39.8

College graduate

        406

      8,366

  4.9

 

  5.7

 

7.0

Geographic Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Douglas County

      2,895

      8,352

 34.7

 

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Lancaster County

      1,099

      4,126

 26.6

 

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All other counties

      3,960

     13,854

 28.6

 

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Total

      7,954

     26,332

 30.2

 

 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.

c See Technical Appendix for definition of racial/ethnic groups.

 

TABLE NE-2.

NEBRASKA

DIVORCE RATES,

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

 

Overall Rates, 2005

Measure

Nebraska

 

West North Central Regiona

 

United Statesb

Number of divorces granted

      5,864

 

     47,601

 

846,166

Number of divorces granted per 1,000 peoplec

  3.3

 

  3.2

 

3.6

State ranking (highest to lowest)b

 29

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Nebraska

 

West North Central Regiond

 

United States

Population Group

Number of
Divorced People

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

Gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men

     61,656

 13.3

 

 13.4

 

 13.7

Women

     71,314

 13.6

 

 14.8

 

 16.0

Race/Ethnicitye

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

    118,258

 13.5

 

 14.0

 

 15.0

African American

      6,530

 23.9

 

 22.9

 

 21.1

Hispanic

      4,458

  8.1

 

  9.9

 

 12.2

Other

      3,724

 12.7

 

 14.0

 

 10.4

Education Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

     14,862

 14.9

 

 14.6

 

 13.4

High school graduate

     90,723

 14.5

 

 15.6

 

 16.8

College graduate

     27,385

 10.4

 

 10.5

 

 11.9

Geographic Areae

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rural

     36,798

 11.5

 

 12.4

 

 14.5

Urban

     96,172

 14.4

 

 15.0

 

 15.1

Total

    132,970

 13.5

 

 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 NE-3.

NEBRASKA

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND GEOGRAPHIC AREA

 

 

 

Nebraska

 

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

     90,451

 52.5

 

 48.3

 

45.4

 

Cohabiting Parents

     17,401

 10.1

 

 10.0

 

9.1

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     22,038

 12.8

 

 13.5

 

14.9

 

Formerly married

     28,456

 16.5

 

 18.3

 

18.0

 

Neither Parent

      6,520

  3.8

 

  3.7

 

4.3

 

Unknownc

      7,454

  4.3

 

  6.3

 

8.3

 

Total

    172,320

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Rural

Married Parents

     29,510

 57.6

 

 55.5

 

48.0

 

Cohabiting Parents

      5,278

 10.3

 

 10.6

 

9.6

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      4,550

  8.9

 

  6.7

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

      7,883

 15.4

 

 17.7

 

19.0

 

Neither Parent

      2,581

  5.0

 

  3.9

 

5.2

 

Unknownc

      1,420

  2.8

 

  5.7

 

7.9

 

Total

     51,222

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Urban

Married Parents

     60,941

 50.3

 

 44.8

 

44.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

     12,123

 10.0

 

  9.7

 

9.0

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     17,488

 14.4

 

 16.8

 

15.9

 

Formerly married

     20,573

 17.0

 

 18.5

 

17.7

 

Neither Parent

      3,939

  3.3

 

  3.6

 

4.1

 

Unknownc

      6,034

  5.0

 

  6.5

 

8.3

 

Total

    121,098

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 NE-4.

NEBRASKA

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND RACIAL/ETHNIC BACKGROUND

 

 

 

Nebraska

 

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

     61,112

 58.1

 

 54.3

 

52.3

 

Cohabiting Parents

      9,735

  9.3

 

 10.4

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      7,918

  7.5

 

  7.4

 

6.5

 

Formerly married

     17,911

 17.0

 

 20.1

 

21.0

 

Neither Parent

      3,992

  3.8

 

  3.2

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

      4,469

  4.3

 

  4.6

 

6.2

 

Total

    105,137

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

African
American

Married Parents

      4,875

 26.0

 

 23.1

 

20.0

Cohabiting Parents

      1,812

  9.7

 

  5.9

 

6.3

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      6,847

 36.5

 

 40.4

 

37.3

 

Formerly married

      3,125

 16.7

 

 16.8

 

18.6

 

Neither Parent

        788

  4.2

 

  4.6

 

6.9

 

Unknownc

      1,315

  7.0

 

  9.3

 

10.9

 

Total

     18,762

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Hispanic

Married Parents

     17,641

 53.2

 

 54.3

 

53.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

      3,757

 11.3

 

 11.9

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      4,999

 15.1

 

 11.2

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

      4,017

 12.1

 

 10.8

 

14.1

 

Neither Parent

      1,439

  4.3

 

  3.9

 

3.0

 

Unknownc

      1,295

  3.9

 

  7.9

 

8.9

 

Total

     33,148

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Other

Married Parents

      6,823

 44.7

 

 41.7

 

50.0

Cohabiting Parents

      2,097

 13.7

 

 11.5

 

9.5

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      2,274

 14.9

 

 14.3

 

12.0

 

Formerly married

      3,403

 22.3

 

 17.3

 

15.8

 

Neither Parent

NA

NA

 

  5.0

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

        375

  2.5

 

 10.1

 

8.7

 

Total

     15,273

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.

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

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