Marriage Measures Guide of State-Level Statistics. Oregon

03/30/2008

Overview and Key Statistics

State Population

  • In 2006, Oregon’s state population was 3,700,758, which ranked 27th among the 50 states.
  • The state’s largest racial/ethnic groups were whites (81 percent) and Hispanics (10 percent).

Marriage and Childbearing

  • In 2004, there were 14,850 births to unmarried women in Oregon, accounting for 32.5 percent of all births in the state.
  • Oregon ranked 34th among the 50 states in the highest percentage of births to unmarried women.
  • In 2004, there were 9,333 births to unmarried white women in Oregon and 3,935 births to unmarried Hispanic women.

Marriage and Divorce

  • In 2005, Oregon had a divorce rate of 4.1 divorces per 1,000 people.  Oregon’s divorce rate ranked 17th highest among the 44 states that report divorce statistics.
  • In Oregon, the percentage of adults who were divorced was 18.0 percent, compared to the national average of 15.0 percent.
  • The percentage of adults who were divorced was 15.2 percent in rural areas and 18.3 percent in urban areas.

Marriage and Low-Income Children

  • In 2006, Oregon had 334,509 children living in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.  Nearly half of these children (49.2 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 146,571 children in this group.
  • In 2006, 57 percent of low-income children in Oregon were white and 29 percent were Hispanic.

 

TABLE OR-1.

OREGON

NONMARITAL BIRTHS,

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

 

 

Oregon

 

Pacific 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

      1,124

      1,236

 90.9

 

 89.1

 

90.6

18 to 29

     11,130

     27,563

 40.4

 

 43.1

 

45.3

Over 30

      2,596

     16,879

 15.4

 

 17.2

 

16.0

Mother’s Race/Ethnicityb, c

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

      9,333

     32,449

 28.8

 

 22.7

 

24.5

African American

        670

      1,024

 65.4

 

 62.0

 

69.3

Hispanic

      3,935

      8,850

 44.5

 

 44.5

 

46.4

Other

        860

      3,196

 26.9

 

 20.0

 

21.7

Mother’s Educationb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

      5,124

      8,893

 57.6

 

 53.7

 

60.9

High school graduate

      8,555

     23,953

 35.7

 

 36.6

 

39.8

College graduate

        717

     11,523

  6.2

 

  7.0

 

7.0

Geographic Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Multnomah County

      3,209

      9,417

 34.1

 

---

 

---

Washington County

      1,828

      7,576

 24.1

 

---

 

---

All other counties

      9,813

     28,685

 34.2

 

---

 

---

Total

     14,850

     45,678

 32.5

 

 33.8

 

35.8

 

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

a Includes Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington.

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 OR-2.

OREGON

DIVORCE RATES,

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

 

Overall Rates, 2005

Measure

Oregon

 

Pacific Regiona

 

United Statesb

Number of divorces granted

     15,033

 

     44,920

 

846,166

Number of divorces granted per 1,000 peoplec

  4.1

 

  4.2

 

3.6

State ranking (highest to lowest)b

 17

 

 

 

 

 

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

a Includes Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington.  

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

 

Oregon

 

Pacific Regiond

 

United States

Population Group

Number of
Divorced People

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

Gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men

    168,368

 17.1

 

 13.3

 

 13.7

Women

    210,405

 18.7

 

 16.5

 

 16.0

Race/Ethnicitye

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

    334,672

 18.5

 

 17.5

 

 15.0

African American

      3,862

 17.5

 

 24.3

 

 21.1

Hispanic

     18,337

 12.3

 

 10.7

 

 12.2

Other

     21,902

 17.0

 

 10.0

 

 10.4

Education Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

     41,734

 17.2

 

 10.5

 

 13.4

High school graduate

    247,677

 19.2

 

 17.4

 

 16.8

College graduate

     89,362

 15.6

 

 13.2

 

 11.9

Geographic Areae

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rural

     31,848

 15.2

 

 15.5

 

 14.5

Urban

    346,925

 18.3

 

 15.0

 

 15.1

Total

    378,773

 18.0

 

 15.0

 

 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 Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington.

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

 

TABLE OR-3.

OREGON

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND GEOGRAPHIC AREA

 

 

 

Oregon

 

Pacific Regiona

 

United States

Geographic
Areab

Family
Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

All Areas

Married Parents

    164,425

 49.2

 

 51.9

 

45.4

 

Cohabiting Parents

     41,194

 12.3

 

 10.0

 

9.1

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     34,254

 10.2

 

 10.8

 

14.9

 

Formerly married

     66,428

 19.9

 

 15.5

 

18.0

 

Neither Parent

     11,862

  3.5

 

  3.5

 

4.3

 

Unknownc

     16,346

  4.9

 

  8.4

 

8.3

 

Total

    334,509

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Rural

Married Parents

     17,854

 61.8

 

 54.4

 

48.0

 

Cohabiting Parents

      2,398

  8.3

 

 11.2

 

9.6

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

        913

  3.2

 

  7.0

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

      5,125

 17.7

 

 15.8

 

19.0

 

Neither Parent

      1,798

  6.2

 

  4.3

 

5.2

 

Unknownc

        791

  2.7

 

  7.2

 

7.9

 

Total

     28,879

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Urban

Married Parents

    146,571

 48.0

 

 51.8

 

44.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

     38,796

 12.7

 

 10.0

 

9.0

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     33,341

 10.9

 

 11.0

 

15.9

 

Formerly married

     61,303

 20.1

 

 15.4

 

17.7

 

Neither Parent

     10,064

  3.3

 

  3.4

 

4.1

 

Unknownc

     15,555

  5.1

 

  8.4

 

8.3

 

Total

    305,630

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 Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington.

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 OR-4.

OREGON

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND RACIAL/ETHNIC BACKGROUND

 

 

 

Oregon

 

Pacific Regiona

 

United
States

Racial/Ethnic Groupb

Family Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

White

Married Parents

     95,265

 50.3

 

 49.6

 

52.3

 

Cohabiting Parents

     21,251

 11.2

 

 10.5

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     13,456

  7.1

 

  7.7

 

6.5

 

Formerly married

     44,022

 23.2

 

 22.0

 

21.0

 

Neither Parent

      7,113

  3.8

 

  4.0

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

      8,300

  4.4

 

  6.3

 

6.2

 

Total

    189,407

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

African
American

Married Parents

      3,641

 27.5

 

 23.5

 

20.0

Cohabiting Parents

        842

  6.4

 

  6.9

 

6.3

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      4,309

 32.6

 

 34.8

 

37.3

 

Formerly married

      3,296

 24.9

 

 18.5

 

18.6

 

Neither Parent

        570

  4.3

 

  8.1

 

6.9

 

Unknownc

        578

  4.4

 

  8.1

 

10.9

 

Total

     13,236

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Hispanic

Married Parents

     48,407

 49.7

 

 55.8

 

53.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

     15,752

 16.2

 

 10.5

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     12,448

 12.8

 

  9.4

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

     12,293

 12.6

 

 12.4

 

14.1

 

Neither Parent

      2,951

  3.0

 

  2.7

 

3.0

 

Unknownc

      5,600

  5.7

 

  9.2

 

8.9

 

Total

     97,451

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Other

Married Parents

     17,112

 49.7

 

 54.9

 

50.0

Cohabiting Parents

      3,349

  9.7

 

  8.5

 

9.5

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      4,041

 11.7

 

  8.8

 

12.0

 

Formerly married

      6,817

 19.8

 

 16.2

 

15.8

 

Neither Parent

      1,228

  3.6

 

  3.6

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

      1,868

  5.4

 

  8.0

 

8.7

 

Total

     34,415

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 Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington.

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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