Marriage Measures Guide of State-Level Statistics. South Dakota

03/30/2008

Overview and Key Statistics

State Population

  • In 2006, South Dakota’s state population was 781,919, which ranked 46th among the 50 states.
  • The state’s largest racial/ethnic groups were whites (86 percent) and American Indians (8 percent).

Marriage and Childbearing

  • In 2004, there were 3,977 births to unmarried women in South Dakota, accounting for 35.1 percent of all births in the state.
  • South Dakota ranked 25th among the 50 states in the highest percentage of births to unmarried women.
  • In 2004, there were 2,254 births to unmarried white women in South Dakota and 1,449 births to unmarried American Indians.

Marriage and Divorce

  • In 2005, South Dakota had a divorce rate of 2.8 divorces per 1,000 people.  South Dakota’s divorce rate ranked 40th highest among the 44 states that report divorce statistics.
  • The percentage of adults who were divorced was 10.7 percent in rural areas and 14.2 percent in urban areas.

Marriage and Low-Income Children

  • In 2006, South Dakota had 75,085 children living in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.  Over two-fifths of these children (43.8 percent) were living with married parents.
  • The state’s largest group of low-income children lived with married parents in rural areas.  In 2006, there were 25,498 children in this group.
  • In 2006, 56 percent of low-income children in South Dakota were white and 28 percent were American Indian.

 

TABLE SD-1.

SOUTH DAKOTA

NONMARITAL BIRTHS,

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

 

 

South 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

        295

        310

 95.2

 

 93.3

 

90.6

18 to 29

      3,178

      7,466

 42.6

 

 41.1

 

45.3

Over 30

        504

      3,562

 14.1

 

 12.6

 

16.0

Mother’s Race/Ethnicityb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

      2,254

      8,862

 25.4

 

 26.4

 

24.5

Hispanic

        185

        395

 46.8

 

 46.9

 

46.4

American Indian

      1,449

      1,812

 80.0

 

 73.8

 

62.9

Mother’s Educationc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

      1,243

      1,812

 68.6

 

 65.5

 

60.9

High school graduate

      2,520

      6,361

 39.6

 

 38.5

 

39.8

College graduate

        211

      3,157

  6.7

 

  5.7

 

7.0

Geographic Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minnehaha County

        860

      2,548

 33.8

 

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All other counties

      3,117

      8,790

 35.5

 

---

 

---

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

      3,977

     11,338

 35.1

 

 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 three 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 SD-2.

SOUTH DAKOTA

DIVORCE RATES,

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

 

Overall Rates, 2005

Measure

South Dakota

 

West North Central Regiona

 

United Statesb

Number of divorces granted

      2,159

 

     47,601

 

846,166

Number of divorces granted per 1,000 peoplec

  2.8

 

  3.2

 

3.6

State ranking (highest to lowest)b

 40

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

South Dakota

 

West North Central Regiond

 

United States

Population Group

Number of
Divorced People

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

Gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men

     23,086

 11.4

 

 13.4

 

 13.7

Women

     28,197

 12.2

 

 14.8

 

 16.0

Race/Ethnicitye

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

     45,005

 11.2

 

 14.0

 

 15.0

Hispanic

        707

 14.0

 

  9.9

 

 12.2

American Indian

4,520

26.5

 

28.7

 

20.6

Education Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

      5,133

 10.1

 

 14.6

 

 13.4

High school graduate

     37,195

 13.7

 

 15.6

 

 16.8

College graduate

      8,955

  8.1

 

 10.5

 

 11.9

Geographic Areae

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rural

     30,710

 10.7

 

 12.4

 

 14.5

Urban

     20,573

 14.2

 

 15.0

 

 15.1

Total

     51,283

 11.8

 

 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 three largest racial/ethnic groups.

 

TABLE SD-3.

SOUTH DAKOTA

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND GEOGRAPHIC AREA

 

 

 

South 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

     32,865

 43.8

 

 48.3

 

45.4

 

Cohabiting Parents

      9,537

 12.7

 

 10.0

 

9.1

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      5,844

  7.8

 

 13.5

 

14.9

 

Formerly married

     10,993

 14.6

 

 18.3

 

18.0

 

Neither Parent

      2,374

  3.2

 

  3.7

 

4.3

 

Unknownc

     13,472

 17.9

 

  6.3

 

8.3

 

Total

     75,085

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Rural

Married Parents

     25,498

 45.9

 

 55.5

 

48.0

 

Cohabiting Parents

      7,613

 13.7

 

 10.6

 

9.6

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      4,741

  8.5

 

  6.7

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

      7,608

 13.7

 

 17.7

 

19.0

 

Neither Parent

      2,343

  4.2

 

  3.9

 

5.2

 

Unknownc

      7,774

 14.0

 

  5.7

 

7.9

 

Total

     55,577

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Urban

Married Parents

      7,367

 37.8

 

 44.8

 

44.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

      1,924

  9.9

 

  9.7

 

9.0

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      1,103

  5.7

 

 16.8

 

15.9

 

Formerly married

      3,385

 17.4

 

 18.5

 

17.7

 

Neither Parent

NA

NA

 

  3.6

 

4.1

 

Unknownc

      5,698

 29.2

 

  6.5

 

8.3

 

Total

     19,508

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.

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

 

TABLE SD-4.

SOUTH DAKOTA

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND RACIAL/ETHNIC BACKGROUND

 

 

 

South 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

     25,327

 59.9

 

 54.3

 

52.3

 

Cohabiting Parents

      4,331

 10.3

 

 10.4

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      2,020

  4.8

 

  7.4

 

6.5

 

Formerly married

      7,632

 18.1

 

 20.1

 

21.0

 

Neither Parent

      1,159

  2.7

 

  3.2

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

      1,784

  4.2

 

  4.6

 

6.2

 

Total

     42,253

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Hispanic

Married Parents

NA

NA

 

 54.3

 

53.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

NA

NA

 

 11.9

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

NA

NA

 

 11.2

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

NA

NA

 

 10.8

 

14.1

 

Neither Parent

NA

NA

 

  3.9

 

3.0

 

Unknownc

NA

NA

 

  7.9

 

8.9

 

Total

NA

NA

 

100.0

 

100.0

American

Indian

Married Parents

2,212

10.7

 

22.2

 

34.1

Cohabiting Parents

4,083

19.7

 

21.4

 

16.1

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

2,573

12.4

 

11.7

 

12.5

 

Formerly married

2,093

10.1

 

10.5

 

16.5

 

Neither Parent

1,007

4.9

 

7.9

 

6.4

 

Unknownc

8,745

42.2

 

26.3

 

14.4

 

Total

20,713

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 three 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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