Marriage Measures Guide of State-Level Statistics. North Dakota

03/30/2008

Overview and Key Statistics

State Population

  • In 2006, North Dakota’s state population was 635,867, which ranked 48th among the 50 states.
  • The state’s largest racial/ethnic groups were whites (90 percent) and American Indians (5 percent).

Marriage and Childbearing

  • In 2004, there were 2,449 births to unmarried women in North Dakota, accounting for 29.9 percent of all births in the state.
  • North Dakota ranked 44th among the 50 states in the highest percentage of births to unmarried women.
  • In 2004, there were 1,521 births to unmarried white women in North Dakota and 749 births to unmarried American Indians.

Marriage and Divorce

  • In 2005, North Dakota had a divorce rate of 3.0 divorces per 1,000 people.  North Dakota’s divorce rate ranked 34th highest among the 44 states that report divorce statistics.
  • The percentage of adults who were divorced was 12.3 for whites and 19.3 percent for American Indians.

Marriage and Low-Income Children

  • In 2006, North Dakota had 51,255 children living in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.  Nearly half of these children (49.0 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 15,863 children in this group.
  • In 2006, 71 percent of low-income children in North Dakota were white and 17 percent were American Indian.

 

TABLE ND-1.

NORTH DAKOTA

NONMARITAL BIRTHS,

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

 

 

North Dakota

 

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

        149

        153

 97.4

 

 93.3

 

90.6

18 to 29

      1,960

      5,296

 37.0

 

 41.1

 

45.3

Over 30

        340

      2,740

 12.4

 

 12.6

 

16.0

Mother’s Race/Ethnicityb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

      1,521

      6,633

 22.9

 

 26.4

 

24.5

American Indian

        749

      968

 77.4

 

 73.8

 

62.9

Mother’s Educationc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

        558

        752

 74.2

 

 65.5

 

60.9

High school graduate

      1,732

      4,641

 37.3

 

 38.5

 

39.8

College graduate

        152

      2,771

  5.5

 

  5.7

 

7.0

Geographic Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cass County

        455

      1,798

 25.3

 

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All other counties

      1,994

      6,391

 31.2

 

---

 

---

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

      2,449

      8,189

 29.9

 

 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.

b See Technical Appendix for definition of racial/ethnic groups.  Includes only the state’s two 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 ND-2.

NORTH DAKOTA

DIVORCE RATES,

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

 

Overall Rates, 2005

Measure

North Dakota

 

West North Central Regiona

 

United Statesb

Number of divorces granted

      1,905

 

     47,601

 

846,166

Number of divorces granted per 1,000 peoplec

  3.0

 

  3.2

 

3.6

State ranking (highest to lowest)b

 34

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

North Dakota

 

West North Central Regiond

 

United States

Population Group

Number of
Divorced People

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

Gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men

     19,452

 11.3

 

 13.4

 

 13.7

Women

     25,865

 13.5

 

 14.8

 

 16.0

Race/Ethnicitye

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

     41,405

 12.3

 

 14.0

 

 15.0

American Indian

2,451

19.3

 

28.7

 

20.6

Education Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

      7,796

 18.5

 

 14.6

 

 13.4

High school graduate

     28,036

 12.4

 

 15.6

 

 16.8

College graduate

      9,485

  9.9

 

 10.5

 

 11.9

Geographic Areae

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rural

     14,631

 11.6

 

 12.4

 

 14.5

Urban

     30,686

 12.9

 

 15.0

 

 15.1

Total

     45,317

 12.5

 

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

 

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

 

TABLE ND-3.

NORTH DAKOTA

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND GEOGRAPHIC AREA

 

 

 

North Dakota

 

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

     25,137

 49.0

 

 48.3

 

45.4

 

Cohabiting Parents

      5,457

 10.6

 

 10.0

 

9.1

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      4,641

  9.1

 

 13.5

 

14.9

 

Formerly married

      8,621

 16.8

 

 18.3

 

18.0

 

Neither Parent

      3,494

  6.8

 

  3.7

 

4.3

 

Unknownc

      3,905

  7.6

 

  6.3

 

8.3

 

Total

     51,255

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Rural

Married Parents

      9,274

 49.1

 

 55.5

 

48.0

 

Cohabiting Parents

      2,166

 11.5

 

 10.6

 

9.6

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      1,739

  9.2

 

  6.7

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

      3,080

 16.3

 

 17.7

 

19.0

 

Neither Parent

        969

  5.1

 

  3.9

 

5.2

 

Unknownc

      1,674

  8.9

 

  5.7

 

7.9

 

Total

     18,902

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Urban

Married Parents

     15,863

 49.0

 

 44.8

 

44.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

      3,291

 10.2

 

  9.7

 

9.0

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      2,902

  9.0

 

 16.8

 

15.9

 

Formerly married

      5,541

 17.1

 

 18.5

 

17.7

 

Neither Parent

      2,525

  7.8

 

  3.6

 

4.1

 

Unknownc

      2,231

  6.9

 

  6.5

 

8.3

 

Total

     32,353

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 ND-4.

NORTH DAKOTA

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND RACIAL/ETHNIC BACKGROUND

 

 

 

North Dakota

 

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

     21,420

 58.6

 

 54.3

 

52.3

 

Cohabiting Parents

      3,058

  8.4

 

 10.4

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      2,734

  7.5

 

  7.4

 

6.5

 

Formerly married

      6,706

 18.4

 

 20.1

 

21.0

 

Neither Parent

        903

  2.5

 

  3.2

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

      1,715

  4.7

 

  4.6

 

6.2

 

Total

     36,536

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

American

Indian

Married Parents

1,054

12.3

 

22.2

 

34.1

Cohabiting Parents

2,399

28.0

 

21.4

 

16.1

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

1,338

15.6

 

11.7

 

12.5

 

Formerly married

NA

NA

 

10.5

 

16.5

 

Neither Parent

1,645

19.2

 

7.9

 

6.4

 

Unknownc

2,117

24.8

 

26.3

 

14.4

 

Total

8,553    

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. Table includes only the state’s two 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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