Marriage Measures Guide of State-Level Statistics. Virginia

03/30/2008

Overview and Key Statistics

State Population

  • In 2006, Virginia’s state population was 7,642,884, which ranked 12th among the 50 states.
  • The state’s largest racial/ethnic groups were whites (68 percent), African Americans (19 percent), and Hispanics (6 percent).

Marriage and Childbearing

  • In 2004, there were 32,203 births to unmarried women in Virginia, accounting for 31.0 percent of all births in the state.
  • Virginia ranked 39th among the 50 states in the highest percentage of births to unmarried women.
  • In 2004, there were 13,913 births to unmarried African American women in Virginia, 12,582 births to unmarried white women, and 5,142 births to unmarried Hispanic women.

Marriage and Divorce

  • In 2005, Virginia had a divorce rate of 4.0 divorces per 1,000 people.  Virginia’s divorce rate ranked 22nd highest among the 44 states that report divorce statistics.
  • The percentage of adults who were divorced was 12.5 percent for men and 15.0 percent for women.

Marriage and Low-Income Children

  • In 2006, Virginia had 544,086 children living in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.  Over two-fifths of these children (42.6 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 165,716 children in this group.
  • In 2006, 44 percent of low-income children in Virginia were white, 38 percent were African American, and 10 percent were Hispanic.

 

TABLE VA-1.

VIRGINIA

NONMARITAL BIRTHS,

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

 

 

Virginia

 

South Atlantic 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

      2,568

      2,780

 92.4

 

 90.8

 

90.6

18 to 29

     24,529

     57,738

 42.5

 

 48.2

 

45.3

Over 30

      5,106

     43,415

 11.8

 

 16.7

 

16.0

Mother’s Race/Ethnicityb, c

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

     12,582

     62,988

 20.0

 

 24.8

 

24.5

African American

     13,913

     22,280

 62.4

 

 66.4

 

69.3

Hispanic

      5,142

     11,690

 44.0

 

 45.1

 

46.4

Other

        522

      6,836

  7.6

 

 14.5

 

21.7

Mother’s Educationb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

     10,101

     15,105

 66.9

 

 66.4

 

60.9

High school graduate

     19,420

     51,857

 37.4

 

 41.3

 

39.8

College graduate

      1,868

     34,535

  5.4

 

  7.3

 

7.0

Geographic Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fairfax County

      2,813

     14,995

 18.8

 

---

 

---

Virginia Beach City

      1,887

      6,670

 28.3

 

---

 

---

All other counties

     27,503

     82,268

 33.4

 

---

 

---

Total

     32,203

    103,933

 31.0

 

 38.1

 

35.8

 

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

a Includes Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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 VA-2.

VIRGINIA

DIVORCE RATES,

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

 

Overall Rates, 2005

Measure

Virginia

 

South Atlantic Regiona

 

United Statesb

Number of divorces granted

     30,052

 

    189,151

 

846,166

Number of divorces granted per 1,000 peoplec

  4.0

 

  4.1

 

3.6

State ranking (highest to lowest)b

 22

 

 

 

 

 

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

a Includes Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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

 

Virginia

 

South Atlantic Regiond

 

United States

Population Group

Number of
Divorced People

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

Gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men

    245,963

 12.5

 

 14.0

 

 13.7

Women

    341,891

 15.0

 

 16.3

 

 16.0

Race/Ethnicitye

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

    423,173

 13.6

 

 14.8

 

 15.0

African American

    117,799

 17.9

 

 19.7

 

 21.1

Hispanic

     22,794

 11.3

 

 13.2

 

 12.2

Other

     24,088

  9.0

 

 10.8

 

 10.4

Education Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

     76,643

 12.9

 

 14.2

 

 13.4

High school graduate

    363,097

 16.0

 

 16.8

 

 16.8

College graduate

    148,114

 10.7

 

 12.4

 

 11.9

Geographic Areae

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rural

    137,739

 14.0

 

 14.6

 

 14.5

Urban

    450,115

 13.8

 

 15.4

 

 15.1

Total

    587,854

 13.9

 

 15.2

 

 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 Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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

 

TABLE VA-3.

VIRGINIA

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND GEOGRAPHIC AREA

 

 

 

Virginia

 

South Atlantic Regiona

 

United States

Geographic
Areab

Family
Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

All Areas

Married Parents

    231,977

 42.6

 

 40.7

 

45.4

 

Cohabiting Parents

     43,159

  7.9

 

  8.9

 

9.1

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     92,931

 17.1

 

 17.6

 

14.9

 

Formerly married

    106,677

 19.6

 

 18.5

 

18.0

 

Neither Parent

     29,419

  5.4

 

  5.2

 

4.3

 

Unknownc

     39,923

  7.3

 

  9.0

 

8.3

 

Total

    544,086

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Rural

Married Parents

     66,261

 43.6

 

 41.7

 

48.0

 

Cohabiting Parents

     12,827

  8.4

 

  8.7

 

9.6

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     16,288

 10.7

 

 14.3

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

     33,710

 22.2

 

 19.8

 

19.0

 

Neither Parent

     10,310

  6.8

 

  6.2

 

5.2

 

Unknownc

     12,585

  8.3

 

  9.3

 

7.9

 

Total

    151,981

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Urban

Married Parents

    165,716

 42.3

 

 40.4

 

44.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

     30,332

  7.7

 

  9.0

 

9.0

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     76,643

 19.5

 

 18.6

 

15.9

 

Formerly married

     72,967

 18.6

 

 18.2

 

17.7

 

Neither Parent

     19,109

  4.9

 

  4.9

 

4.1

 

Unknownc

     27,338

  7.0

 

  8.9

 

8.3

 

Total

    392,105

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 Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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 VA-4.

VIRGINIA

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND RACIAL/ETHNIC BACKGROUND

 

 

 

Virginia

 

South Atlantic Regiona

 

United
States

Racial/Ethnic Groupb

Family Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

White

Married Parents

    130,483

 54.4

 

 51.8

 

52.3

 

Cohabiting Parents

     20,183

  8.4

 

  9.9

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      9,096

  3.8

 

  5.3

 

6.5

 

Formerly married

     52,666

 22.0

 

 20.9

 

21.0

 

Neither Parent

     11,705

  4.9

 

  4.5

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

     15,672

  6.5

 

  7.6

 

6.2

 

Total

    239,805

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

African
American

Married Parents

     44,177

 21.4

 

 20.8

 

20.0

Cohabiting Parents

     12,192

  5.9

 

  6.8

 

6.3

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     73,620

 35.7

 

 35.0

 

37.3

 

Formerly married

     41,512

 20.1

 

 19.0

 

18.6

 

Neither Parent

     14,368

  7.0

 

  7.0

 

6.9

 

Unknownc

     20,417

  9.9

 

 11.6

 

10.9

 

Total

    206,286

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Hispanic

Married Parents

     31,147

 54.7

 

 56.5

 

53.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

      8,308

 14.6

 

 11.4

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      5,337

  9.4

 

  8.2

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

      7,773

 13.7

 

 13.8

 

14.1

 

Neither Parent

      2,290

  4.0

 

  3.1

 

3.0

 

Unknownc

      2,052

  3.6

 

  7.1

 

8.9

 

Total

     56,907

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Other

Married Parents

     26,170

 63.7

 

 49.7

 

50.0

Cohabiting Parents

      2,476

  6.0

 

  9.0

 

9.5

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      4,878

 11.9

 

 14.5

 

12.0

 

Formerly married

      4,726

 11.5

 

 14.7

 

15.8

 

Neither Parent

      1,056

  2.6

 

  4.6

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

      1,782

  4.3

 

  7.5

 

8.7

 

Total

     41,088

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 Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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.

View full report

Preview
Download

"report.pdf" (pdf, 3.39Mb)

Note: Documents in PDF format require the Adobe Acrobat Reader®. If you experience problems with PDF documents, please download the latest version of the Reader®

View full report

Preview
Download

"apa.pdf" (pdf, 92.03Kb)

Note: Documents in PDF format require the Adobe Acrobat Reader®. If you experience problems with PDF documents, please download the latest version of the Reader®

View full report

Preview
Download

"apb.pdf" (pdf, 67.24Kb)

Note: Documents in PDF format require the Adobe Acrobat Reader®. If you experience problems with PDF documents, please download the latest version of the Reader®