Marriage Measures Guide of State-Level Statistics. Nevada

03/30/2008

Overview and Key Statistics

State Population

  • In 2006, Nevada’s state population was 2,495,529, which ranked 35th among the 50 states.
  • The state’s largest racial/ethnic groups were whites (59 percent) and Hispanics (24  percent).

Marriage and Childbearing

  • In 2004, there were 13,978 births to unmarried women in Nevada, accounting for 39.7 percent of all births in the state.
  • Nevada ranked eighth among the 50 states in the highest percentage of births to unmarried women.
  • In 2004, there were 6,234 births to unmarried Hispanic women in Nevada and 4,690 births to unmarried white women.

Marriage and Divorce

  • In 2005, Nevada had a divorce rate of 7.5 divorces per 1,000 people.  Nevada’s divorce rate ranked first highest among the 44 states that report divorce statistics.
  • In Nevada, the percentage of adults who were divorced was 18.6 percent, compared to the national average of 15.0 percent.
  • The percentage of adults who were divorced was 16.6 percent in rural areas and 18.7 percent in urban areas.

Marriage and Low-Income Children

  • In 2006, Nevada had 233,949 children living in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.  Nearly half of these children (46.6 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 102,177 children in this group.
  • In 2006, 50 percent of low-income children in Nevada were Hispanic, 29 percent were white, and 13 percent were African American.

 

TABLE NV-1.

NEVADA

NONMARITAL BIRTHS,

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

 

 

Nevada

 

Mountain 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

      1,180

      1,336

 88.3

 

 89.9

 

90.6

18 to 29

     10,009

     21,684

 46.2

 

 38.9

 

45.3

Over 30

      2,789

     12,180

 22.9

 

 16.4

 

16.0

Mother’s Race/Ethnicityb, c

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

      4,690

     15,994

 29.3

 

 21.0

 

24.5

African American

      1,932

      2,807

 68.8

 

 59.7

 

69.3

Hispanic

      6,234

     13,054

 47.8

 

 49.3

 

46.4

Other

        924

      2,981

 31.0

 

 48.2

 

21.7

Mother’s Educationb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

      5,797

      9,656

 60.0

 

 59.5

 

60.9

High school graduate

      7,135

     18,838

 37.9

 

 33.2

 

39.8

College graduate

        591

      5,745

 10.3

 

  6.2

 

7.0

Geographic Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clark County

     10,747

     26,152

 41.1

 

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Washoe County

      1,978

      5,508

 35.9

 

---

 

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All other counties

      1,253

      3,540

 35.4

 

---

 

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Total

     13,978

     35,200

 39.7

 

 33.5

 

35.8

 

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

a Includes Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

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 NV-2.

NEVADA

DIVORCE RATES,

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

 

Overall Rates, 2005

Measure

Nevada

 

Mountain Regiona

 

United Statesb

Number of divorces granted

     18,084

 

     95,945

 

846,166

Number of divorces granted per 1,000 peoplec

  7.5

 

  4.7

 

3.6

State ranking (highest to lowest)b

  1

 

 

 

 

 

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

a Includes Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.  

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

 

Nevada

 

Mountain Regiond

 

United States

Population Group

Number of
Divorced People

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

Gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men

    118,358

 17.9

 

 15.0

 

 13.7

Women

    138,246

 19.2

 

 17.0

 

 16.0

Race/Ethnicitye

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

    182,458

 20.1

 

 16.7

 

 15.0

African American

     19,620

 24.6

 

 23.3

 

 21.1

Hispanic

     32,913

 12.4

 

 13.2

 

 12.2

Other

     21,613

 16.9

 

 15.0

 

 10.4

Education Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

     29,629

 13.7

 

 13.2

 

 13.4

High school graduate

    178,296

 20.2

 

 17.8

 

 16.8

College graduate

     48,679

 17.2

 

 13.8

 

 11.9

Geographic Areae

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rural

     16,542

 16.6

 

 15.5

 

 14.5

Urban

    240,062

 18.7

 

 16.2

 

 15.1

Total

    256,604

 18.6

 

 16.1

 

 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 Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

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

 

TABLE NV-3.

NEVADA

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND GEOGRAPHIC AREA

 

 

 

Nevada

 

Mountain Regiona

 

United States

Geographic
Areab

Family
Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

All Areas

Married Parents

    109,062

 46.6

 

 54.4

 

45.4

 

Cohabiting Parents

     32,925

 14.1

 

  9.7

 

9.1

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     27,956

 11.9

 

  9.5

 

14.9

 

Formerly married

     37,702

 16.1

 

 16.1

 

18.0

 

Neither Parent

     10,669

  4.6

 

  3.4

 

4.3

 

Unknownc

     15,635

  6.7

 

  6.9

 

8.3

 

Total

    233,949

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Rural

Married Parents

      6,885

 54.9

 

 52.1

 

48.0

 

Cohabiting Parents

NA

NA

 

  8.6

 

9.6

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

        948

  7.6

 

  8.4

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

      3,414

 27.2

 

 17.7

 

19.0

 

Neither Parent

        651

  5.2

 

  3.6

 

5.2

 

Unknownc

        397

  3.2

 

  9.6

 

7.9

 

Total

     12,538

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Urban

Married Parents

    102,177

 46.1

 

 54.6

 

44.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

     32,682

 14.8

 

  9.9

 

9.0

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     27,008

 12.2

 

  9.6

 

15.9

 

Formerly married

     34,288

 15.5

 

 15.9

 

17.7

 

Neither Parent

     10,018

  4.5

 

  3.4

 

4.1

 

Unknownc

     15,238

  6.9

 

  6.6

 

8.3

 

Total

    221,411

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 Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

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.

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

 

TABLE NV-4.

NEVADA

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND RACIAL/ETHNIC BACKGROUND

 

 

 

Nevada

 

Mountain Regiona

 

United
States

Racial/Ethnic Groupb

Family Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

White

Married Parents

     31,043

 45.9

 

 58.7

 

52.3

 

Cohabiting Parents

      8,372

 12.4

 

  8.4

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      3,966

  5.9

 

  5.8

 

6.5

 

Formerly married

     14,998

 22.2

 

 19.0

 

21.0

 

Neither Parent

      4,312

  6.4

 

  3.4

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

      4,923

  7.3

 

  4.7

 

6.2

 

Total

     67,614

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

African
American

Married Parents

      7,763

 25.8

 

 30.6

 

20.0

Cohabiting Parents

      2,705

  9.0

 

  6.1

 

6.3

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      9,196

 30.5

 

 31.3

 

37.3

 

Formerly married

      5,881

 19.5

 

 19.2

 

18.6

 

Neither Parent

      2,608

  8.7

 

  6.3

 

6.9

 

Unknownc

      1,994

  6.6

 

  6.4

 

10.9

 

Total

     30,147

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Hispanic

Married Parents

     62,462

 53.8

 

 55.7

 

53.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

     18,926

 16.3

 

 10.9

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     11,130

  9.6

 

 10.2

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

     13,926

 12.0

 

 12.9

 

14.1

 

Neither Parent

      3,239

  2.8

 

  2.9

 

3.0

 

Unknownc

      6,475

  5.6

 

  7.5

 

8.9

 

Total

    116,158

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Other

Married Parents

      7,794

 38.9

 

 42.2

 

50.0

Cohabiting Parents

      2,922

 14.6

 

 11.3

 

9.5

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      3,664

 18.3

 

 11.4

 

12.0

 

Formerly married

      2,897

 14.5

 

 18.0

 

15.8

 

Neither Parent

        510

  2.5

 

  4.3

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

      2,243

 11.2

 

 12.8

 

8.7

 

Total

     20,030

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 Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

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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