Marriage Measures Guide of State-Level Statistics. New York

03/30/2008

Overview and Key Statistics

State Population

  • In 2006, New York’s state population was 19,306,183, which ranked third among the 50 states.
  • The state’s largest racial/ethnic groups were whites (60 percent), Hispanics (16  percent), and African Americans (15 percent).

Marriage and Childbearing

  • In 2004, there were 94,380 births to unmarried women in New York, accounting for 37.8 percent of all births in the state.
  • New York ranked 14th among the 50 states in the highest percentage of births to unmarried women.
  • In 2004, there were 35,001 births to unmarried Hispanic women in New York, 28,542 births to unmarried African American women, and 26,527 births to unmarried white women.

Marriage and Divorce

  • In 2005, New York had a divorce rate of 2.8 divorces per 1,000 people.  New York’s divorce rate ranked 39th highest among the 44 states that report divorce statistics.
  • The percentage of adults who were divorced was 18.7 percent among African Americans, 16.0 percent among Hispanics, and 12.6 among whites.

Marriage and Low-Income Children

  • In 2006, New York had 1,740,638 children living in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.  Over two-fifths of these children (43.9 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 662,145 children in this group.
  • In 2006, 35 percent of low-income children in New York were white, 31 percent were Hispanic, and 24 percent were African American.

 

TABLE NY-1.

NEW YORK

NONMARITAL BIRTHS,

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

 

 

New York

 

Middle Atlantic 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

      5,386

      5,702

 94.5

 

 95.0

 

90.6

18 to 29

     64,297

    125,247

 51.3

 

 49.5

 

45.3

Over 30

     24,697

    118,998

 20.8

 

 17.1

 

16.0

Mother’s Race/Ethnicityb, c

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

     26,527

    128,426

 20.7

 

 21.1

 

24.5

African American

     28,542

     42,437

 67.3

 

 68.6

 

69.3

Hispanic

     35,001

     56,834

 61.6

 

 59.5

 

46.4

Other

      4,057

     21,576

 18.8

 

 14.1

 

21.7

Mother’s Educationb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

     32,486

     46,684

 69.6

 

 69.0

 

60.9

High school graduate

     52,032

    119,631

 43.5

 

 42.0

 

39.8

College graduate

      7,087

     68,400

 10.4

 

  7.9

 

7.0

Geographic Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kings County

     17,125

     39,808

 43.0

 

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---

Queens County

     12,405

     30,415

 40.8

 

---

 

---

All other counties

     64,850

    179,724

 36.1

 

---

 

---

Total

     94,380

    249,947

 37.8

 

 35.3

 

35.8

 

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

a Includes New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

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 NY-2.

NEW YORK

DIVORCE RATES,

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

 

Overall Rates, 2005

Measure

New York

 

Middle Atlantic Regiona

 

United Statesb

Number of divorces granted

     54,708

 

    109,194

 

846,166

Number of divorces granted per 1,000 peoplec

  2.8

 

  2.7

 

3.6

State ranking (highest to lowest)b

 39

 

 

 

 

 

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

a Includes New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.  

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 York

 

Middle Atlantic Regiond

 

United States

Population Group

Number of
Divorced People

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

Gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men

    510,713

 11.4

 

 11.3

 

 13.7

Women

    794,472

 14.8

 

 14.2

 

 16.0

Race/Ethnicitye

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

    831,262

 12.6

 

 12.5

 

 15.0

African American

    196,746

 18.7

 

 18.7

 

 21.1

Hispanic

    214,270

 16.0

 

 15.3

 

 12.2

Other

     62,907

  7.2

 

  6.5

 

 10.4

Education Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

    188,251

 12.3

 

 12.0

 

 13.4

High school graduate

    775,073

 14.5

 

 14.4

 

 16.8

College graduate

    341,861

 11.5

 

 10.4

 

 11.9

Geographic Areae

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rural

    187,914

 13.2

 

 12.8

 

 14.5

Urban

  1,117,271

 13.3

 

 12.9

 

 15.1

Total

  1,305,185

 13.3

 

 12.9

 

 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 New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

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

 

TABLE NY-3.

NEW YORK

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND GEOGRAPHIC AREA

 

 

 

New York

 

Middle Atlantic Regiona

 

United States

Geographic
Areab

Family
Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

All Areas

Married Parents

    764,169

 43.9

 

 42.8

 

45.4

 

Cohabiting Parents

    145,911

  8.4

 

  8.8

 

9.1

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

    324,119

 18.6

 

 18.5

 

14.9

 

Formerly married

    304,027

 17.5

 

 18.1

 

18.0

 

Neither Parent

     64,934

  3.7

 

  4.1

 

4.3

 

Unknownc

    137,478

  7.9

 

  7.6

 

8.3

 

Total

  1,740,638

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Rural

Married Parents

    102,024

 49.9

 

 52.8

 

48.0

 

Cohabiting Parents

     30,438

 14.9

 

 13.2

 

9.6

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     20,154

  9.9

 

  8.6

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

     34,206

 16.7

 

 16.5

 

19.0

 

Neither Parent

      7,228

  3.5

 

  3.6

 

5.2

 

Unknownc

     10,488

  5.1

 

  5.3

 

7.9

 

Total

    204,538

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Urban

Married Parents

    662,145

 43.1

 

 41.6

 

44.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

    115,473

  7.5

 

  8.3

 

9.0

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

    303,965

 19.8

 

 19.7

 

15.9

 

Formerly married

    269,821

 17.6

 

 18.3

 

17.7

 

Neither Parent

     57,706

  3.8

 

  4.2

 

4.1

 

Unknownc

    126,990

  8.3

 

  7.9

 

8.3

 

Total

  1,536,100

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 New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

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 NY-4.

NEW YORK

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND RACIAL/ETHNIC BACKGROUND

 

 

 

New York

 

Middle Atlantic Regiona

 

United
States

Racial/Ethnic Groupb

Family Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

White

Married Parents

    370,559

 60.6

 

 56.8

 

52.3

 

Cohabiting Parents

     60,199

  9.8

 

 10.5

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     35,910

  5.9

 

  6.7

 

6.5

 

Formerly married

    101,309

 16.6

 

 17.7

 

21.0

 

Neither Parent

     15,041

  2.5

 

  3.0

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

     28,561

  4.7

 

  5.3

 

6.2

 

Total

    611,579

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

African
American

Married Parents

     83,792

 20.2

 

 18.3

 

20.0

Cohabiting Parents

     25,170

  6.1

 

  5.6

 

6.3

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

    156,518

 37.8

 

 39.3

 

37.3

 

Formerly married

     76,697

 18.5

 

 18.9

 

18.6

 

Neither Parent

     27,417

  6.6

 

  7.6

 

6.9

 

Unknownc

     44,398

 10.7

 

 10.3

 

10.9

 

Total

    413,992

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Hispanic

Married Parents

    187,688

 35.3

 

 36.7

 

53.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

     47,942

  9.0

 

  9.3

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

    115,376

 21.7

 

 20.9

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

    111,019

 20.9

 

 20.5

 

14.1

 

Neither Parent

     18,778

  3.5

 

  3.6

 

3.0

 

Unknownc

     51,542

  9.7

 

  9.0

 

8.9

 

Total

    532,345

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Other

Married Parents

    122,130

 66.8

 

 59.6

 

50.0

Cohabiting Parents

     12,600

  6.9

 

  8.4

 

9.5

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     16,315

  8.9

 

 12.0

 

12.0

 

Formerly married

     15,002

  8.2

 

 10.8

 

15.8

 

Neither Parent

      3,698

  2.0

 

  1.9

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

     12,977

  7.1

 

  7.2

 

8.7

 

Total

    182,722

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 New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

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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