Marriage Measures Guide of State-Level Statistics. Utah

03/30/2008

Overview and Key Statistics

State Population

  • In 2006, Utah’s state population was 2,550,063, which ranked 34th among the 50 states.
  • The state’s largest racial/ethnic groups were whites (83 percent) and Hispanics (12 percent).

Marriage and Childbearing

  • In 2004, there were 8,843 births to unmarried women in Utah, accounting for 17.5 percent of all births in the state.
  • Utah ranked 50th among the 50 states in the highest percentage of births to unmarried women.
  • In 2004, there were 5,110 births to unmarried white women in Utah and 2,907 births to unmarried Hispanic women.

Marriage and Divorce

  • In 2005, Utah had a divorce rate of 4.0 divorces per 1,000 people.  Utah’s divorce rate ranked 21st highest among the 44 states that report divorce statistics.
  • In Utah, the percentage of adults who were divorced was 12.0 percent, compared to the national average of 15.0 percent.
  • The percentage of adults who were divorced was 12.3 percent for whites and 10.8 percent for Hispanics.

Marriage and Low-Income Children

  • In 2006, Utah had 293,443 children living in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.  Over two-thirds of these children (69.0 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 189,788 children in this group.
  • In 2006, 65 percent of low-income children in Utah were white and 25 percent were Hispanic.

 

TABLE UT-1.

UTAH

NONMARITAL BIRTHS,

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

 

 

Utah

 

Mountain 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

        752

        887

 84.8

 

 89.9

 

90.6

18 to 29

      6,814

     35,300

 19.3

 

 38.9

 

45.3

Over 30

      1,277

     14,483

  8.8

 

 16.4

 

16.0

Mother’s Race/Ethnicityb, c

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

      5,110

     40,702

 12.6

 

 21.0

 

24.5

African American

        178

        390

 45.6

 

 59.7

 

69.3

Hispanic

      2,907

      7,179

 40.5

 

 49.3

 

46.4

Other

        580

      2,117

 27.4

 

 48.2

 

21.7

Mother’s Educationb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

      3,491

      6,790

 51.4

 

 59.5

 

60.9

High school graduate

      4,860

     29,832

 16.3

 

 33.2

 

39.8

College graduate

        249

     13,118

  1.9

 

  6.2

 

7.0

Geographic Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salt Lake County

      4,197

     18,394

 22.8

 

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Utah County

        907

     10,959

  8.3

 

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All other counties

      3,739

     21,317

 17.5

 

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Total

      8,843

     50,670

 17.5

 

 33.5

 

35.8

 

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

a Includes Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

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 UT-2.

UTAH

DIVORCE RATES,

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

 

Overall Rates, 2005

Measure

Utah

 

Mountain Regiona

 

United Statesb

Number of divorces granted

      9,982

 

     95,945

 

846,166

Number of divorces granted per 1,000 peoplec

  4.0

 

  4.7

 

3.6

State ranking (highest to lowest)b

 21

 

 

 

 

 

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

a Includes Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.  

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

 

Utah

 

Mountain Regiond

 

United States

Population Group

Number of
Divorced People

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

Gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men

     72,463

 11.5

 

 15.0

 

 13.7

Women

     88,056

 12.6

 

 17.0

 

 16.0

Race/Ethnicitye

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

    139,726

 12.3

 

 16.7

 

 15.0

African American

      1,534

 15.7

 

 23.3

 

 21.1

Hispanic

     14,453

 10.8

 

 13.2

 

 12.2

Other

      4,806

  8.8

 

 15.0

 

 10.4

Education Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

     14,279

 11.8

 

 13.2

 

 13.4

High school graduate

    112,664

 13.4

 

 17.8

 

 16.8

College graduate

     33,576

  9.0

 

 13.8

 

 11.9

Geographic Areae

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rural

     11,181

 12.6

 

 15.5

 

 14.5

Urban

    149,338

 12.0

 

 16.2

 

 15.1

Total

    160,519

 12.0

 

 16.1

 

 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 Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

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

 

TABLE UT-3.

UTAH

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND GEOGRAPHIC AREA

 

 

 

Utah

 

Mountain Regiona

 

United States

Geographic
Areab

Family
Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

All Areas

Married Parents

    202,435

 69.0

 

 54.4

 

45.4

 

Cohabiting Parents

     17,513

  6.0

 

  9.7

 

9.1

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     11,626

  4.0

 

  9.5

 

14.9

 

Formerly married

     39,582

 13.5

 

 16.1

 

18.0

 

Neither Parent

      6,130

  2.1

 

  3.4

 

4.3

 

Unknownc

     16,157

  5.5

 

  6.9

 

8.3

 

Total

    293,443

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Rural

Married Parents

     12,647

 68.4

 

 52.1

 

48.0

 

Cohabiting Parents

        725

  3.9

 

  8.6

 

9.6

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

NA

NA

 

  8.4

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

      2,417

 13.1

 

 17.7

 

19.0

 

Neither Parent

        629

  3.4

 

  3.6

 

5.2

 

Unknownc

      1,783

  9.6

 

  9.6

 

7.9

 

Total

     18,490

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Urban

Married Parents

    189,788

 69.0

 

 54.6

 

44.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

     16,788

  6.1

 

  9.9

 

9.0

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     11,337

  4.1

 

  9.6

 

15.9

 

Formerly married

     37,165

 13.5

 

 15.9

 

17.7

 

Neither Parent

      5,501

  2.0

 

  3.4

 

4.1

 

Unknownc

     14,374

  5.2

 

  6.6

 

8.3

 

Total

    274,953

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 Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

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 UT-4.

UTAH

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND RACIAL/ETHNIC BACKGROUND

 

 

 

Utah

 

Mountain Regiona

 

United
States

Racial/Ethnic Groupb

Family Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

White

Married Parents

    140,033

 73.1

 

 58.7

 

52.3

 

Cohabiting Parents

     11,450

  6.0

 

  8.4

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      5,475

  2.9

 

  5.8

 

6.5

 

Formerly married

     21,768

 11.4

 

 19.0

 

21.0

 

Neither Parent

      4,601

  2.4

 

  3.4

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

      8,323

  4.3

 

  4.7

 

6.2

 

Total

    191,650

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

African
American

Married Parents

      3,168

 57.5

 

 30.6

 

20.0

Cohabiting Parents

NA

NA

 

  6.1

 

6.3

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

        657

 11.9

 

 31.3

 

37.3

 

Formerly married

      1,549

 28.1

 

 19.2

 

18.6

 

Neither Parent

NA

NA

 

  6.3

 

6.9

 

Unknownc

NA

NA

 

  6.4

 

10.9

 

Total

      5,507

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Hispanic

Married Parents

     46,231

 62.9

 

 55.7

 

53.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

      5,177

  7.0

 

 10.9

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      4,982

  6.8

 

 10.2

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

     10,735

 14.6

 

 12.9

 

14.1

 

Neither Parent

NA

NA

 

  2.9

 

3.0

 

Unknownc

      5,396

  7.3

 

  7.5

 

8.9

 

Total

     73,441

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Other

Married Parents

     13,003

 56.9

 

 42.2

 

50.0

Cohabiting Parents

        826

  3.6

 

 11.3

 

9.5

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

        512

  2.2

 

 11.4

 

12.0

 

Formerly married

      5,530

 24.2

 

 18.0

 

15.8

 

Neither Parent

        536

  2.3

 

  4.3

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

      2,438

 10.7

 

 12.8

 

8.7

 

Total

     22,845

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 Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

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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