Marriage Measures Guide of State-Level Statistics. Wisconsin

03/30/2008

Overview and Key Statistics

State Population

  • In 2006, Wisconsin’s state population was 5,556,506, which ranked 20th among the 50 states.
  • The state’s largest racial/ethnic groups were whites (86 percent), African Americans (6 percent), and Hispanics (5 percent).

Marriage and Childbearing

  • In 2004, there were 21,947 births to unmarried women in Wisconsin, accounting for 31.3 percent of all births in the state.
  • Wisconsin ranked 37th among the 50 states in the highest percentage of births to unmarried women.
  • In 2004, there were 12,722 births to unmarried white women in Wisconsin, 5,326 births to unmarried African American women, and 2,815 births to unmarried Hispanic women.

Marriage and Divorce

  • In 2005, Wisconsin had a divorce rate of 2.9 divorces per 1,000 people.  Wisconsin’s divorce rate ranked 35th highest among the 44 states that report divorce statistics.
  • The percentage of adults who were divorced was 12.7 percent in rural areas and 14.5 percent in urban areas.

Marriage and Low-Income Children

  • In 2006, Wisconsin had 438,307 children living in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.  Over two-fifths of these children (45.9 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 123,933 children in this group.
  • In 2006, 58 percent of low-income children in Wisconsin were white, 18 percent were African American, and 14 percent were Hispanic.

 

TABLE WI-1.

WISCONSIN

NONMARITAL BIRTHS,

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

 

 

Wisconsin

 

East 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

      1,712

      1,854

 92.3

 

 94.9

 

90.6

18 to 29

     17,097

     41,071

 41.6

 

 46.6

 

45.3

Over 30

      3,138

     27,221

 11.5

 

 14.5

 

16.0

Mother’s Race/Ethnicityb, c

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

     12,722

     54,239

 23.5

 

 27.0

 

24.5

African American

      5,326

      6,503

 81.9

 

 76.6

 

69.3

Hispanic

      2,815

      5,888

 47.8

 

 47.0

 

46.4

Other

      1,076

      3,472

 31.0

 

 14.4

 

21.7

Mother’s Educationb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

      7,029

     10,888

 64.6

 

 67.2

 

60.9

High school graduate

     13,638

     37,151

 36.7

 

 41.4

 

39.8

College graduate

      1,131

     21,821

  5.2

 

  6.2

 

7.0

Geographic Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Milwaukee County

      7,440

     14,645

 50.8

 

---

 

---

Dane County

      1,505

      5,994

 25.1

 

---

 

---

All other counties

     13,002

     49,507

 26.3

 

---

 

---

Total

     21,947

     70,146

 31.3

 

 36.2

 

35.8

 

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

a Includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

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 WI-2.

WISCONSIN

DIVORCE RATES,

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

 

Overall Rates, 2005

Measure

Wisconsin

 

East North Central Regiona

 

United Statesb

Number of divorces granted

     16,297

 

    123,466

 

846,166

Number of divorces granted per 1,000 peoplec

  2.9

 

  3.1

 

3.6

State ranking (highest to lowest)b

 35

 

 

 

 

 

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

a Includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.  

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

 

Wisconsin

 

East North Central Regiond

 

United States

Population Group

Number of
Divorced People

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

Gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men

    195,732

 13.5

 

 14.2

 

 13.7

Women

    232,685

 14.3

 

 16.2

 

 16.0

Race/Ethnicitye

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

    383,566

 13.8

 

 14.8

 

 15.0

African American

     21,337

 20.9

 

 24.2

 

 21.1

Hispanic

     13,947

 12.8

 

 11.8

 

 12.2

Other

      9,567

 10.5

 

 10.5

 

 10.4

Education Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

     51,150

 14.8

 

 15.3

 

 13.4

High school graduate

    301,304

 15.5

 

 17.2

 

 16.8

College graduate

     75,963

  9.6

 

 10.6

 

 11.9

Geographic Areae

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rural

    134,756

 12.7

 

 14.5

 

 14.5

Urban

    293,661

 14.5

 

 15.5

 

 15.1

Total

    428,417

 13.9

 

 15.3

 

 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 Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

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

 

TABLE WI-3.

WISCONSIN

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND GEOGRAPHIC AREA

 

 

 

Wisconsin

 

East 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

    201,044

 45.9

 

 42.2

 

45.4

 

Cohabiting Parents

     40,608

  9.3

 

 10.2

 

9.1

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     75,604

 17.2

 

 17.8

 

14.9

 

Formerly married

     81,860

 18.7

 

 18.3

 

18.0

 

Neither Parent

     15,527

  3.5

 

  4.1

 

4.3

 

Unknownc

     23,664

  5.4

 

  7.4

 

8.3

 

Total

    438,307

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Rural

Married Parents

     77,111

 57.8

 

 54.0

 

48.0

 

Cohabiting Parents

     14,759

 11.1

 

 11.7

 

9.6

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     10,757

  8.1

 

  7.8

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

     22,350

 16.7

 

 17.1

 

19.0

 

Neither Parent

      3,707

  2.8

 

  3.7

 

5.2

 

Unknownc

      4,780

  3.6

 

  5.7

 

7.9

 

Total

    133,464

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Urban

Married Parents

    123,933

 40.7

 

 39.4

 

44.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

     25,849

  8.5

 

  9.9

 

9.0

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     64,847

 21.3

 

 20.1

 

15.9

 

Formerly married

     59,510

 19.5

 

 18.6

 

17.7

 

Neither Parent

     11,820

  3.9

 

  4.2

 

4.1

 

Unknownc

     18,884

  6.2

 

  7.9

 

8.3

 

Total

    304,843

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 Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

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 WI-4.

WISCONSIN

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND RACIAL/ETHNIC BACKGROUND

 

 

 

Wisconsin

 

East 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

    135,171

 53.0

 

 49.9

 

52.3

 

Cohabiting Parents

     27,502

 10.8

 

 11.5

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     22,469

  8.8

 

  7.9

 

6.5

 

Formerly married

     53,348

 20.9

 

 21.2

 

21.0

 

Neither Parent

NA

NA

 

  3.2

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

     11,610

  4.6

 

  6.2

 

6.2

 

Total

    255,090

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

African
American

Married Parents

     11,588

 14.5

 

 16.8

 

20.0

Cohabiting Parents

      1,944

  2.4

 

  6.1

 

6.3

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

     42,641

 53.4

 

 44.1

 

37.3

 

Formerly married

     12,269

 15.4

 

 16.4

 

18.6

 

Neither Parent

      5,195

  6.5

 

  6.7

 

6.9

 

Unknownc

      6,232

  7.8

 

  9.8

 

10.9

 

Total

     79,869

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Hispanic

Married Parents

     33,403

 55.5

 

 57.8

 

53.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

      5,634

  9.4

 

 12.2

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      6,459

 10.7

 

  8.4

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

      9,916

 16.5

 

 11.8

 

14.1

 

Neither Parent

      2,189

  3.6

 

  2.3

 

3.0

 

Unknownc

      2,604

  4.3

 

  7.4

 

8.9

 

Total

     60,205

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Other

Married Parents

     20,882

 48.4

 

 43.9

 

50.0

Cohabiting Parents

      5,528

 12.8

 

 12.2

 

9.5

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      4,035

  9.4

 

 13.9

 

12.0

 

Formerly married

      6,327

 14.7

 

 16.1

 

15.8

 

Neither Parent

      3,153

  7.3

 

  5.2

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

      3,218

  7.5

 

  8.7

 

8.7

 

Total

     43,143

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 Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

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.

 

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®