Marriage Measures Guide of State-Level Statistics. Vermont

03/30/2008

Overview and Key Statistics

State Population

  • In 2006, Vermont’s state population was 623,908, which ranked 49th among the 50 states.
  • The racial/ethnic composition of the state’s population was predominately white (96 percent).

Marriage and Childbearing

  • In 2004, there were 2,132 births to unmarried women in Vermont, accounting for 32.3 percent of all births in the state.
  • Vermont ranked 35th among the 50 states in the highest percentage of births to unmarried women.
  • In 2004, the percentage of births to unmarried women in Vermont was lower near Burlington (Chittenden County) than in other areas of the state.

Marriage and Divorce

  • In 2005, Vermont had a divorce rate of 3.6 divorces per 1,000 people.  Vermont’s divorce rate ranked 26th highest among the 44 states that report divorce statistics.
  • In Vermont, the percentage of adults who were divorced was 17.8 percent, compared to the national average of 15.0 percent.
  • The percentage of adults who were divorced was 18.3 percent in rural areas and 16.6 percent in urban areas.

Marriage and Low-Income Children

  • In 2006, Vermont had 40,074 children living in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.  Just over half of these children (50.6 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 17,892 children in this group.

 

TABLE VT-1.

VERMONT

NONMARITAL BIRTHS,

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

 

 

Vermont

 

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

        108

        112

 96.4

 

 96.8

 

90.6

18 to 29

      1,644

      3,678

 44.7

 

 47.9

 

45.3

Over 30

        380

      2,809

 13.5

 

 11.9

 

16.0

Mother’s Race/Ethnicityb, c

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

      2,039

      6,270

 32.5

 

 22.7

 

24.5

African American

         28

         57

 49.1

 

 60.6

 

69.3

Hispanic

         26

         75

 34.7

 

 61.6

 

46.4

Other

         22

        122

 18.0

 

 16.3

 

21.7

Mother’s Educationb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

        477

        642

 74.3

 

 74.2

 

60.9

High school graduate

      1,359

      3,350

 40.6

 

 40.6

 

39.8

College graduate

        173

      2,216

  7.8

 

  6.0

 

7.0

Geographic Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chittenden County

        451

      1,663

 27.1

 

---

 

---

All other counties

      1,681

      4,936

 34.1

 

---

 

---

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

      2,132

      6,599

 32.3

 

 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 VT-2.

VERMONT

DIVORCE RATES,

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

 

Overall Rates, 2005

Measure

Vermont

 

New England Regiona

 

United Statesb

Number of divorces granted

      2,215

 

     40,822

 

846,166

Number of divorces granted per 1,000 peoplec

  3.6

 

  2.9

 

3.6

State ranking (highest to lowest)b

 26

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Vermont

 

New England Regiond

 

United States

Population Group

Number of
Divorced People

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

Gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men

     26,905

 16.0

 

 13.1

 

 13.7

Women

     37,220

 19.4

 

 15.8

 

 16.0

Race/Ethnicitye

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

     61,679

 17.7

 

 14.5

 

 15.0

African American

NA

NA

 

 18.6

 

 21.1

Hispanic

NA

NA

 

 17.2

 

 12.2

Other

      1,403

 20.2

 

  9.6

 

 10.4

Education Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

      5,627

 17.2

 

 14.5

 

 13.4

High school graduate

     41,297

 19.6

 

 16.7

 

 16.8

College graduate

     17,201

 14.6

 

 11.1

 

 11.9

Geographic Areae

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rural

     45,571

 18.3

 

 16.8

 

 14.5

Urban

     18,554

 16.6

 

 14.1

 

 15.1

Total

     64,125

 17.8

 

 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 VT-3.

VERMONT

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND GEOGRAPHIC AREA

 

 

 

Vermont

 

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

     20,262

 50.6

 

 38.4

 

45.4

 

Cohabiting Parents

      4,441

 11.1

 

 11.4

 

9.1

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      2,121

  5.3

 

 18.8

 

14.9

 

Formerly married

      9,183

 22.9

 

 21.8

 

18.0

 

Neither Parent

      1,979

  4.9

 

  4.2

 

4.3

 

Unknownc

      2,088

  5.2

 

  5.4

 

8.3

 

Total

     40,074

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Rural

Married Parents

     17,892

 58.1

 

 47.6

 

48.0

 

Cohabiting Parents

      3,195

 10.4

 

 13.7

 

9.6

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      1,160

  3.8

 

  6.6

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

      6,151

 20.0

 

 24.2

 

19.0

 

Neither Parent

        748

  2.4

 

  4.3

 

5.2

 

Unknownc

      1,654

  5.4

 

  3.6

 

7.9

 

Total

     30,800

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Urban

Married Parents

      2,370

 25.6

 

 36.4

 

44.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

      1,246

 13.4

 

 10.9

 

9.0

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

        961

 10.4

 

 21.4

 

15.9

 

Formerly married

      3,032

 32.7

 

 21.3

 

17.7

 

Neither Parent

      1,231

 13.3

 

  4.2

 

4.1

 

Unknownc

        434

  4.7

 

  5.7

 

8.3

 

Total

      9,274

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.

 

TABLE VT-4.

VERMONT

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND RACIAL/ETHNIC BACKGROUND

 

 

 

Vermont

 

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

     19,484

 52.5

 

 45.0

 

52.3

 

Cohabiting Parents

      4,193

 11.3

 

 12.7

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      2,046

  5.5

 

  9.5

 

6.5

 

Formerly married

      8,744

 23.5

 

 24.4

 

21.0

 

Neither Parent

      1,405

  3.8

 

  3.9

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

      1,261

  3.4

 

  4.5

 

6.2

 

Total

     37,133

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

African
American

Married Parents

NA

NA

 

 23.0

 

20.0

Cohabiting Parents

NA

NA

 

  7.0

 

6.3

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

NA

NA

 

 36.9

 

37.3

 

Formerly married

NA

NA

 

 19.0

 

18.6

 

Neither Parent

NA

NA

 

  6.4

 

6.9

 

Unknownc

NA

NA

 

  7.7

 

10.9

 

Total

NA

NA

 

100.0

 

100.0

Hispanic

Married Parents

NA

NA

 

 29.0

 

53.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

NA

NA

 

 10.8

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

NA

NA

 

 30.0

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

NA

NA

 

 20.4

 

14.1

 

Neither Parent

NA

NA

 

  3.7

 

3.0

 

Unknownc

NA

NA

 

  6.1

 

8.9

 

Total

NA

NA

 

100.0

 

100.0

Other

Married Parents

NA

NA

 

 45.2

 

50.0

Cohabiting Parents

NA

NA

 

 11.1

 

9.5

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

NA

NA

 

 20.0

 

12.0

 

Formerly married

NA

NA

 

 13.5

 

15.8

 

Neither Parent

NA

NA

 

  5.0

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

NA

NA

 

  5.3

 

8.7

 

Total

NA

NA

 

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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