Marriage Measures Guide of State-Level Statistics. New Mexico

03/30/2008

Overview and Key Statistics

State Population

  • In 2006, New Mexico’s state population was 1,954,599, which ranked 36th among the 50 states.
  • The state’s largest racial/ethnic groups were Hispanics (45 percent) and whites (42  percent).

Marriage and Childbearing

  • In 2004, there were 13,865 births to unmarried women in New Mexico, accounting for 48.8 percent of all births in the state.
  • New Mexico ranked second among the 50 states in the highest percentage of births to unmarried women.
  • In 2004, there were 8,455 births to unmarried Hispanic women in New Mexico, 2,595 births to unmarried American Indians, and 2,505 births to unmarried white women.

Marriage and Divorce

  • In 2005, New Mexico had a divorce rate of 4.6 divorces per 1,000 people.  New Mexico’s divorce rate ranked tenth highest among the 44 states that report divorce statistics.
  • The percentage of adults who were divorced was 16.3 percent in rural areas and 17.6 percent in urban areas.

Marriage and Low-Income Children

  • In 2006, New Mexico had 263,926 children living in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.  Nearly half of these children (48.2 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 104,470 children in this group.
  • In 2006, 64 percent of low-income children in New Mexico were Hispanic and 18 percent were white.

 

TABLE NM-1.

NEW MEXICO

NONMARITAL BIRTHS,

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

 

 

New Mexico

 

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

      1,580

      1,705

 92.7

 

 89.9

 

90.6

18 to 29

     10,237

     18,868

 54.3

 

 38.9

 

45.3

Over 30

      2,048

      7,811

 26.2

 

 16.4

 

16.0

Mother’s Race/Ethnicityb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

      2,505

      8,856

 28.3

 

 21.0

 

24.5

African American

        245

        451

 54.3

 

 59.7

 

69.3

Hispanic

      8,455

     15,158

 55.8

 

 49.3

 

46.4

American Indian

      2,595

      3,518

 73.8

 

 71.4

 

62.9

Mother’s Educationc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

      5,176

      7,704

 67.2

 

 59.5

 

60.9

High school graduate

      7,440

     15,275

 48.7

 

 33.2

 

39.8

College graduate

        582

      4,505

 12.9

 

  6.2

 

7.0

Geographic Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bernalillo County

      4,097

      9,125

 44.9

 

---

 

---

Dona Ana County

      1,667

      3,264

 51.1

 

---

 

---

All other counties

      8,101

     15,995

 50.6

 

---

 

---

Total

     13,865

     28,384

 48.8

 

 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.

b See Technical Appendix for definition of racial/ethnic groups.  Includes only the state’s four largest groups.

cNumber of births in groups may not sum to state total (bottom row) due to missing demographic information on mother’s education level.

 

TABLE NM-2.

NEW MEXICO

DIVORCE RATES,

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

 

Overall Rates, 2005

Measure

New Mexico

 

Mountain Regiona

 

United Statesb

Number of divorces granted

      8,837

 

     95,945

 

846,166

Number of divorces granted per 1,000 peoplec

  4.6

 

  4.7

 

3.6

State ranking (highest to lowest)b

 10

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

New Mexico

 

Mountain Regiond

 

United States

Population Group

Number of
Divorced People

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

Gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men

     75,382

 15.9

 

 15.0

 

 13.7

Women

    103,474

 18.7

 

 17.0

 

 16.0

Race/Ethnicitye

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

    100,610

 19.1

 

 16.7

 

 15.0

African American

      2,646

 19.5

 

 23.3

 

 21.1

Hispanic

     61,334

 15.2

 

 13.2

 

 12.2

American Indian

     8,948

14.9

 

 16.1

 

 20.6

Education Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

     20,976

 11.9

 

 13.2

 

 13.4

High school graduate

    111,162

 18.9

 

 17.8

 

 16.8

College graduate

     46,718

 17.8

 

 13.8

 

 11.9

Geographic Areae

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rural

     26,708

 16.3

 

 15.5

 

 14.5

Urban

    152,148

 17.6

 

 16.2

 

 15.1

Total

    178,856

 17.4

 

 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.  Estimates of racial/ethnic differences include only the state’s four largest racial/ethnic groups.

 

TABLE NM-3.

NEW MEXICO

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND GEOGRAPHIC AREA

 

 

 

New Mexico

 

Mountain Regiona

 

United States

Geographic
Areab

Family
Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

All Areas

Married Parents

    127,132

 48.2

 

 54.4

 

45.4

 

Cohabiting Parents

     29,000

 11.0

 

  9.7

 

9.1

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     33,780

 12.8

 

  9.5

 

14.9

 

Formerly married

     41,917

 15.9

 

 16.1

 

18.0

 

Neither Parent

      7,212

  2.7

 

  3.4

 

4.3

 

Unknownc

     24,885

  9.4

 

  6.9

 

8.3

 

Total

    263,926

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Rural

Married Parents

     22,662

 44.4

 

 52.1

 

48.0

 

Cohabiting Parents

      6,364

 12.5

 

  8.6

 

9.6

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      6,101

 12.0

 

  8.4

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

      8,604

 16.9

 

 17.7

 

19.0

 

Neither Parent

      1,040

  2.0

 

  3.6

 

5.2

 

Unknownc

      6,220

 12.2

 

  9.6

 

7.9

 

Total

     50,991

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Urban

Married Parents

    104,470

 49.1

 

 54.6

 

44.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

     22,636

 10.6

 

  9.9

 

9.0

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     27,679

 13.0

 

  9.6

 

15.9

 

Formerly married

     33,313

 15.6

 

 15.9

 

17.7

 

Neither Parent

      6,172

  2.9

 

  3.4

 

4.1

 

Unknownc

     18,665

  8.8

 

  6.6

 

8.3

 

Total

    212,935

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.

 

TABLE NM-4.

NEW MEXICO

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND RACIAL/ETHNIC BACKGROUND

 

 

 

New Mexico

 

Mountain Regiona

 

United
States

Racial/Ethnic Groupb

Family Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

White

Married Parents

     28,427

 59.2

 

 58.7

 

52.3

 

Cohabiting Parents

      2,233

  4.7

 

  8.4

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      3,314

  6.9

 

  5.8

 

6.5

 

Formerly married

      9,889

 20.6

 

 19.0

 

21.0

 

Neither Parent

      2,755

  5.7

 

  3.4

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

      1,400

  2.9

 

  4.7

 

6.2

 

Total

     48,018

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

African
American

Married Parents

NA

NA

 

 30.6

 

20.0

Cohabiting Parents

NA

NA

 

  6.1

 

6.3

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

NA

NA

 

 31.3

 

37.3

 

Formerly married

NA

NA

 

 19.2

 

18.6

 

Neither Parent

NA

NA

 

  6.3

 

6.9

 

Unknownc

NA

NA

 

  6.4

 

10.9

 

Total

NA

NA

 

100.0

 

100.0

Hispanic

Married Parents

     80,021

 47.7

 

 55.7

 

53.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

     18,279

 10.9

 

 10.9

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     24,340

 14.5

 

 10.2

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

     23,903

 14.3

 

 12.9

 

14.1

 

Neither Parent

NA

NA

 

  2.9

 

3.0

 

Unknownc

     18,234

 10.9

 

  7.5

 

8.9

 

Total

    167,685

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

American

Indian

Married Parents

15,625

41.5

 

36.7

 

34.1

Cohabiting Parents

7,521

20.0

 

14.8

 

16.1

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

2,967

7.9

 

13.2

 

12.5

 

Formerly married

6,478

17.2

 

15.0

 

16.5

 

Neither Parent

NA

NA

 

5.3

 

6.4

 

Unknownc

      4,950

 12.2

 

15.0

 

14.4

 

Total

     37,676

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. Table includes only the state’s four largest 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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