Marriage Measures Guide of State-Level Statistics. Oklahoma

03/30/2008

Overview and Key Statistics

State Population

  • In 2006, Oklahoma’s state population was 3,579,212, which ranked 28th among the 50 states.
  • The state’s largest racial/ethnic groups were whites (72 percent), African Americans (7 percent), Hispanics (7 percent), and American Indians (6 percent).

Marriage and Childbearing

  • In 2004, there were 19,714 births to unmarried women in Oklahoma, accounting for 38.4 percent of all births in the state.
  • Oklahoma ranked 12th among the 50 states in the highest percentage of births to unmarried women.
  • In 2004, there were 10,713 births to unmarried white women in Oklahoma, 3,318 births to unmarried African American women, 2,768 births to unmarried Hispanic women, and 2,683 to unmarried American Indians.

Marriage and Divorce

  • In 2005, Oklahoma had a divorce rate of 5.6 divorces per 1,000 people.  Oklahoma’s divorce rate ranked third highest among the 44 states that report divorce statistics.
  • The percentage of adults who were divorced was 16.9 percent for whites, 27.8 percent for African Americans, 12.1 percent for Hispanics, and 19.6 percent for American Indians.

Marriage and Low-Income Children

  • In 2006, Oklahoma had 424,204 children living in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.  Nearly half of these children (46.8 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 121,121 children in this group.
  • In 2006, 51 percent of low-income children in Oklahoma were white, 16 percent were Hispanic, 13 percent were African American, and 10 percent were American Indians.

 

TABLE OK-1.

OKLAHOMA

NONMARITAL BIRTHS,

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

 

 

Oklahoma

 

West South 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

      1,955

      2,251

 86.9

 

 86.0

 

90.6

18 to 29

     15,468

     35,960

 43.0

 

 44.2

 

45.3

Over 30

      2,291

     13,095

 17.5

 

 16.6

 

16.0

Mother’s Race/Ethnicityb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

     10,713

     34,201

 31.3

 

 26.2

 

24.5

African American

      3,318

      4,628

 71.7

 

 69.9

 

69.3

Hispanic

      2,768

      6,007

 46.1

 

 40.9

 

46.4

American Indian

      2,683

      5,210

 51.5

 

 49.3

 

62.9

Mother’s Educationc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

      7,463

     11,669

 64.0

 

 55.1

 

60.9

High school graduate

     11,489

     29,467

 39.0

 

 40.3

 

39.8

College graduate

        609

      9,930

  6.1

 

  7.2

 

7.0

Geographic Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oklahoma County

      5,184

     11,776

 44.0

 

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Tulsa County

      3,527

      9,193

 38.4

 

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All other counties

     11,003

     30,337

 36.3

 

---

 

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Total

     19,714

     51,306

 38.4

 

 38.1

 

35.8

 

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

a Includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.

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 OK-2.

OKLAHOMA

DIVORCE RATES,

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

 

Overall Rates, 2005

Measure

Oklahoma

 

West South Central Regiona

 

United Statesb

Number of divorces granted

     19,966

 

    112,674

 

846,166

Number of divorces granted per 1,000 peoplec

  5.6

 

  3.9

 

3.6

State ranking (highest to lowest)b

  3

 

 

 

 

 

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

a Includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.  

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

 

Oklahoma

 

West South Central Regiond

 

United States

Population Group

Number of
Divorced People

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

Gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men

    157,559

 16.4

 

 14.1

 

 13.7

Women

    202,102

 18.1

 

 16.4

 

 16.0

Race/Ethnicitye

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

    273,862

 16.9

 

 15.8

 

 15.0

African American

     29,222

 27.8

 

 22.0

 

 21.1

Hispanic

     13,051

 12.1

 

 11.4

 

 12.2

American Indian

21,330

19.6

 

20.1

 

20.6

Education Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

     54,435

 17.1

 

 12.9

 

 13.4

High school graduate

    241,771

 18.5

 

 17.2

 

 16.8

College graduate

     63,455

 14.0

 

 12.6

 

 11.9

Geographic Areae

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rural

    143,732

 16.5

 

 14.6

 

 14.5

Urban

    215,929

 17.9

 

 15.5

 

 15.1

Total

    359,661

 17.3

 

 15.3

 

 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 Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.

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 OK-3.

OKLAHOMA

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND GEOGRAPHIC AREA

 

 

 

Oklahoma

 

West South Central Regiona

 

United States

Geographic
Areab

Family
Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

All Areas

Married Parents

    198,520

 46.8

 

 48.0

 

45.4

 

Cohabiting Parents

     35,156

  8.3

 

  6.8

 

9.1

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     44,115

 10.4

 

 12.0

 

14.9

 

Formerly married

     95,317

 22.5

 

 18.7

 

18.0

 

Neither Parent

     20,891

  4.9

 

  4.5

 

4.3

 

Unknownc

     30,205

  7.1

 

 10.1

 

8.3

 

Total

    424,204

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Rural

Married Parents

     77,399

 44.4

 

 46.6

 

48.0

 

Cohabiting Parents

     17,366

 10.0

 

  7.4

 

9.6

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     10,629

  6.1

 

  9.6

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

     43,582

 25.0

 

 20.8

 

19.0

 

Neither Parent

     10,105

  5.8

 

  6.2

 

5.2

 

Unknownc

     15,046

  8.6

 

  9.3

 

7.9

 

Total

    174,127

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Urban

Married Parents

    121,121

 48.4

 

 48.2

 

44.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

     17,790

  7.1

 

  6.6

 

9.0

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     33,486

 13.4

 

 12.4

 

15.9

 

Formerly married

     51,735

 20.7

 

 18.3

 

17.7

 

Neither Parent

     10,786

  4.3

 

  4.2

 

4.1

 

Unknownc

     15,159

  6.1

 

 10.2

 

8.3

 

Total

    250,077

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 Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.

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 OK-4.

OKLAHOMA

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND RACIAL/ETHNIC BACKGROUND

 

 

 

Oklahoma

 

West South Central Regiona

 

United
States

Racial/Ethnic Groupb

Family Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

White

Married Parents

    109,067

 50.9

 

 51.8

 

52.3

 

Cohabiting Parents

     19,661

  9.2

 

  7.1

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      6,910

  3.2

 

  4.7

 

6.5

 

Formerly married

     53,538

 25.0

 

 23.6

 

21.0

 

Neither Parent

     12,295

  5.7

 

  5.5

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

     12,919

  6.0

 

  7.4

 

6.2

 

Total

    214,390

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

African
American

Married Parents

     13,005

 24.1

 

 21.8

 

20.0

Cohabiting Parents

      2,395

  4.4

 

  5.7

 

6.3

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     20,251

 37.5

 

 33.1

 

37.3

 

Formerly married

     10,005

 18.5

 

 19.8

 

18.6

 

Neither Parent

      3,266

  6.1

 

  6.8

 

6.9

 

Unknownc

      5,039

  9.3

 

 12.8

 

10.9

 

Total

     53,961

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Hispanic

Married Parents

     38,424

 58.0

 

 56.9

 

53.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

      4,788

  7.2

 

  7.0

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      6,002

  9.1

 

  7.1

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

     11,382

 17.2

 

 15.3

 

14.1

 

Neither Parent

      1,358

  2.0

 

  3.0

 

3.0

 

Unknownc

      4,316

  6.5

 

 10.7

 

8.9

 

Total

     66,270

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

American

Indian

Married Parents

17,388

41.1

 

37.8

 

34.1

Cohabiting Parents

4,555

10.8

 

10.8

 

16.1

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

3,255

7.7

 

9.4

 

12.5

 

Formerly married

10,047

23.7

 

24.4

 

16.5

 

Neither Parent

2,572

6.1

 

6.4

 

6.4

 

Unknownc

4,499

10.6

 

11.2

 

14.4

 

Total

42,316

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 Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.

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.

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