Marriage Measures Guide of State-Level Statistics. Rhode Island

03/30/2008

Overview and Key Statistics

State Population

  • In 2006, Rhode Island’s state population was 1,067,610, which ranked 43rd among the 50 states.
  • The state’s largest racial/ethnic groups were whites (79 percent), Hispanics (11 percent) and African Americans (4 percent).

Marriage and Childbearing

  • In 2004, there were 4,763 births to unmarried women in Rhode Island, accounting for 37.3 percent of all births in the state.
  • Rhode Island ranked 16th among the 50 states in the highest percentage of births to unmarried women.
  • In 2004, there were 1,869 births to unmarried white women in Rhode Island, 1,474 births to unmarried Hispanic women, and 647 births to unmarried African American women.

Marriage and Divorce

  • In 2005, Rhode Island had a divorce rate of 2.9 divorces per 1,000 people.  Rhode Island’s divorce rate ranked 36th highest among the 44 states that report divorce statistics.
  • The percentage of adults who were divorced was 15.8 percent among whites, 15.7 percent among Hispanics, and 14.2 among African Americans.

Marriage and Low-Income Children

  • In 2006, Rhode Island had 77,156 children living in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.  Just over one-third of these children (36.7 percent) were living with married parents.
  • The state’s largest group of low-income children lived with single parents in urban areas.  In 2006, there were 32,049 children in this group.
  • In 2006, 41 percent of low-income children in Rhode Island were white, 41 percent were Hispanic, and 9 percent were African American.

 

TABLE RI-1.

RHODE ISLAND

NONMARITAL BIRTHS,

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

 

 

Rhode Island

 

New England 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

        366

        383

 95.6

 

 96.8

 

90.6

18 to 29

      3,550

      6,597

 53.8

 

 47.9

 

45.3

Over 30

        847

      5,799

 14.6

 

 11.9

 

16.0

Mother’s Race/Ethnicityb, c

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

      1,869

      6,933

 27.0

 

 22.7

 

24.5

African American

        647

      1,010

 64.1

 

 60.6

 

69.3

Hispanic

      1,474

      2,430

 60.7

 

 61.6

 

46.4

Other

        269

        641

 42.0

 

 16.3

 

21.7

Mother’s Educationb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

      1,501

      1,930

 77.8

 

 74.2

 

60.9

High school graduate

      2,639

      5,625

 46.9

 

 40.6

 

39.8

College graduate

        478

      4,907

  9.7

 

  6.0

 

7.0

Geographic Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Providence County

      3,696

      8,464

 43.7

 

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Kent County

        448

      1,737

 25.8

 

---

 

---

All other counties

        619

      2,578

 24.0

 

---

 

---

Total

      4,763

     12,779

 37.3

 

 30.1

 

35.8

 

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

a Includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

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 RI-2.

RHODE ISLAND

DIVORCE RATES,

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

 

Overall Rates, 2005

Measure

Rhode Island

 

New England Regiona

 

United Statesb

Number of divorces granted

      3,159

 

     40,822

 

846,166

Number of divorces granted per 1,000 peoplec

  2.9

 

  2.9

 

3.6

State ranking (highest to lowest)b

 36

 

 

 

 

 

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

a Includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.  

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

 

Rhode Island

 

New England Regiond

 

United States

Population Group

Number of
Divorced People

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

Gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men

     34,608

 13.8

 

 13.1

 

 13.7

Women

     53,853

 17.4

 

 15.8

 

 16.0

Race/Ethnicitye

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

     75,745

 15.8

 

 14.5

 

 15.0

African American

      2,208

 14.2

 

 18.6

 

 21.1

Hispanic

      6,724

 15.7

 

 17.2

 

 12.2

Other

      3,784

 17.8

 

  9.6

 

 10.4

Education Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

     13,639

 15.1

 

 14.5

 

 13.4

High school graduate

     53,717

 17.5

 

 16.7

 

 16.8

College graduate

     21,105

 12.9

 

 11.1

 

 11.9

Geographic Areae

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rural

NA

NA

 

 16.8

 

 14.5

Urban

     88,461

 15.8

 

 14.1

 

 15.1

Total

     88,461

 15.8

 

 14.6

 

 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 Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

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

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

 

TABLE RI-3.

RHODE ISLAND

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND GEOGRAPHIC AREA

 

 

 

Rhode Island

 

New England Regiona

 

United States

Geographic
Areab

Family
Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

All Areas

Married Parents

     28,328

 36.7

 

 38.4

 

45.4

 

Cohabiting Parents

      8,925

 11.6

 

 11.4

 

9.1

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     15,742

 20.4

 

 18.8

 

14.9

 

Formerly married

     16,307

 21.1

 

 21.8

 

18.0

 

Neither Parent

      2,376

  3.1

 

  4.2

 

4.3

 

Unknownc

      5,478

  7.1

 

  5.4

 

8.3

 

Total

     77,156

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Rural

Married Parents

NA

NA

 

 47.6

 

48.0

 

Cohabiting Parents

NA

NA

 

 13.7

 

9.6

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

NA

NA

 

  6.6

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

NA

NA

 

 24.2

 

19.0

 

Neither Parent

NA

NA

 

  4.3

 

5.2

 

Unknownc

NA

NA

 

  3.6

 

7.9

 

Total

NA

NA

 

100.0

 

100.0

Urban

Married Parents

     28,328

 36.7

 

 36.4

 

44.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

      8,925

 11.6

 

 10.9

 

9.0

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     15,742

 20.4

 

 21.4

 

15.9

 

Formerly married

     16,307

 21.1

 

 21.3

 

17.7

 

Neither Parent

      2,376

  3.1

 

  4.2

 

4.1

 

Unknownc

      5,478

  7.1

 

  5.7

 

8.3

 

Total

     77,156

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 Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

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.

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

 

TABLE RI-4.

RHODE ISLAND

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND RACIAL/ETHNIC BACKGROUND

 

 

 

Rhode Island

 

New England Regiona

 

United
States

Racial/Ethnic Groupb

Family Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

White

Married Parents

     12,967

 40.6

 

 45.0

 

52.3

 

Cohabiting Parents

      2,620

  8.2

 

 12.7

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      3,595

 11.3

 

  9.5

 

6.5

 

Formerly married

      8,932

 28.0

 

 24.4

 

21.0

 

Neither Parent

        977

  3.1

 

  3.9

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

      2,814

  8.8

 

  4.5

 

6.2

 

Total

     31,905

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

African
American

Married Parents

      2,196

 31.5

 

 23.0

 

20.0

Cohabiting Parents

        608

  8.7

 

  7.0

 

6.3

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      3,376

 48.5

 

 36.9

 

37.3

 

Formerly married

NA

NA

 

 19.0

 

18.6

 

Neither Parent

        782

 11.2

 

  6.4

 

6.9

 

Unknownc

NA

NA

 

  7.7

 

10.9

 

Total

      6,962

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Hispanic

Married Parents

     10,714

 33.9

 

 29.0

 

53.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

      4,735

 15.0

 

 10.8

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      7,604

 24.0

 

 30.0

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

      6,298

 19.9

 

 20.4

 

14.1

 

Neither Parent

NA

NA

 

  3.7

 

3.0

 

Unknownc

      1,774

  5.6

 

  6.1

 

8.9

 

Total

     31,620

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Other

Married Parents

      2,451

 36.8

 

 45.2

 

50.0

Cohabiting Parents

        962

 14.4

 

 11.1

 

9.5

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      1,167

 17.5

 

 20.0

 

12.0

 

Formerly married

      1,077

 16.1

 

 13.5

 

15.8

 

Neither Parent

NA

NA

 

  5.0

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

        890

 13.3

 

  5.3

 

8.7

 

Total

      6,669

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 Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

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.

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

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