Marriage Measures Guide of State-Level Statistics. New Hampshire

03/30/2008

Overview and Key Statistics

State Population

  • In 2006, New Hampshire’s state population was 1,314,895, which ranked 41st among the 50 states.
  • The racial/ethnic composition of the state’s population was predominately white (93 percent).

Marriage and Childbearing

  • In 2004, there were 3,852 births to unmarried women in New Hampshire, accounting for 26.4 percent of all births in the state.
  • New Hampshire ranked 48th among the 50 states in the highest percentage of births to unmarried women.
  • In 2004, the percentage of births to unmarried women was lower in the counties around Manchester and Exeter (Hillsborough and Rockingham counties) than in other counties in the state.

Marriage and Divorce

  • In 2005, New Hampshire had a divorce rate of 3.8 divorces per 1,000 people.  New Hampshire’s divorce rate ranked 24th highest among the 44 states that report divorce statistics.
  • In New Hampshire, the percentage of adults who were divorced was 15.9 percent, compared to the national average of 15.0 percent.
  • The percentage of adults who were divorced was 15.9 percent in both rural and urban areas.

Marriage and Low-Income Children

  • In 2006, New Hampshire had 66,201 children living in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.  Nearly two-fifths of these children (38.3 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 15,164 children in this group.

 

TABLE NH-1.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

NONMARITAL BIRTHS,

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

 

 

New Hampshire

 

New England 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

        217

        223

 97.3

 

 96.8

 

90.6

18 to 29

      2,941

      7,205

 40.8

 

 47.9

 

45.3

Over 30

        694

      7,137

  9.7

 

 11.9

 

16.0

Mother’s Race/Ethnicityb, c

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

      3,338

     12,881

 25.9

 

 22.7

 

24.5

African American

         76

        190

 40.0

 

 60.6

 

69.3

Hispanic

        187

        463

 40.4

 

 61.6

 

46.4

Other

         41

        525

  7.8

 

 16.3

 

21.7

Mother’s Educationb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

NA

NA

NA

 

 74.2

 

60.9

High school graduate

NA

NA

NA

 

 40.6

 

39.8

College graduate

NA

NA

NA

 

  6.0

 

7.0

Geographic Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hillsborough County

      1,251

      5,000

 25.0

 

---

 

---

Rockingham County

        600

      3,227

 18.6

 

---

 

---

All other counties

      2,001

      6,338

 31.6

 

---

 

---

Total

      3,852

     14,565

 26.4

 

 30.1

 

35.8

 

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

a Includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

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.

NA = not available; numbers are not reported in this state due to changes in the state birth certificate. See Technical Appendix for details.

 

TABLE NH-2.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

DIVORCE RATES,

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

 

Overall Rates, 2005

Measure

New Hampshire

 

New England Regiona

 

United Statesb

Number of divorces granted

      5,028

 

     40,822

 

846,166

Number of divorces granted per 1,000 peoplec

  3.8

 

  2.9

 

3.6

State ranking (highest to lowest)b

 24

 

 

 

 

 

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

a Includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.  

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

 

New Hampshire

 

New England Regiond

 

United States

Population Group

Number of
Divorced People

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

Gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men

     55,522

 15.7

 

 13.1

 

 13.7

Women

     64,876

 16.0

 

 15.8

 

 16.0

Race/Ethnicitye

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

    114,521

 16.0

 

 14.5

 

 15.0

African American

NA

NA

 

 18.6

 

 21.1

Hispanic

      1,866

 13.6

 

 17.2

 

 12.2

Other

      3,239

 13.9

 

  9.6

 

 10.4

Education Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

     10,715

 14.3

 

 14.5

 

 13.4

High school graduate

     81,751

 18.5

 

 16.7

 

 16.8

College graduate

     27,932

 11.5

 

 11.1

 

 11.9

Geographic Areae

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rural

     57,246

 15.9

 

 16.8

 

 14.5

Urban

     63,152

 15.9

 

 14.1

 

 15.1

Total

    120,398

 15.9

 

 14.6

 

 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 Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

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

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

 

TABLE NH-3.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND GEOGRAPHIC AREA

 

 

 

New Hampshire

 

New England Regiona

 

United States

Geographic
Areab

Family
Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

All Areas

Married Parents

     25,382

 38.3

 

 38.4

 

45.4

 

Cohabiting Parents

      9,240

 14.0

 

 11.4

 

9.1

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      8,413

 12.7

 

 18.8

 

14.9

 

Formerly married

     19,392

 29.3

 

 21.8

 

18.0

 

Neither Parent

      2,612

  3.9

 

  4.2

 

4.3

 

Unknownc

NA

NA

 

  5.4

 

8.3

 

Total

     66,201

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Rural

Married Parents

     13,225

 40.6

 

 47.6

 

48.0

 

Cohabiting Parents

      4,607

 14.1

 

 13.7

 

9.6

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      4,477

 13.7

 

  6.6

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

      8,164

 25.0

 

 24.2

 

19.0

 

Neither Parent

      1,778

  5.5

 

  4.3

 

5.2

 

Unknownc

NA

NA

 

  3.6

 

7.9

 

Total

     32,596

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Urban

Married Parents

     12,157

 36.2

 

 36.4

 

44.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

      4,633

 13.8

 

 10.9

 

9.0

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      3,936

 11.7

 

 21.4

 

15.9

 

Formerly married

     11,228

 33.4

 

 21.3

 

17.7

 

Neither Parent

        834

  2.5

 

  4.2

 

4.1

 

Unknownc

        817

  2.4

 

  5.7

 

8.3

 

Total

     33,605

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 Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

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 NH-4.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND RACIAL/ETHNIC BACKGROUND

 

 

 

New Hampshire

 

New England Regiona

 

United
States

Racial/Ethnic Groupb

Family Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

White

Married Parents

     23,192

 39.9

 

 45.0

 

52.3

 

Cohabiting Parents

      8,407

 14.5

 

 12.7

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      6,544

 11.3

 

  9.5

 

6.5

 

Formerly married

     16,582

 28.5

 

 24.4

 

21.0

 

Neither Parent

      2,501

  4.3

 

  3.9

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

NA

NA

 

  4.5

 

6.2

 

Total

     58,110

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

African
American

Married Parents

NA

NA

 

 23.0

 

20.0

Cohabiting Parents

NA

NA

 

  7.0

 

6.3

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

NA

NA

 

 36.9

 

37.3

 

Formerly married

NA

NA

 

 19.0

 

18.6

 

Neither Parent

NA

NA

 

  6.4

 

6.9

 

Unknownc

NA

NA

 

  7.7

 

10.9

 

Total

NA

NA

 

100.0

 

100.0

Hispanic

Married Parents

NA

NA

 

 29.0

 

53.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

NA

NA

 

 10.8

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

NA

NA

 

 30.0

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

NA

NA

 

 20.4

 

14.1

 

Neither Parent

NA

NA

 

  3.7

 

3.0

 

Unknownc

NA

NA

 

  6.1

 

8.9

 

Total

NA

NA

 

100.0

 

100.0

Other

Married Parents

NA

NA

 

 45.2

 

50.0

Cohabiting Parents

NA

NA

 

 11.1

 

9.5

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

NA

NA

 

 20.0

 

12.0

 

Formerly married

NA

NA

 

 13.5

 

15.8

 

Neither Parent

NA

NA

 

  5.0

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

NA

NA

 

  5.3

 

8.7

 

Total

NA

NA

 

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 Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

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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