Marriage Measures Guide of State-Level Statistics. Wyoming

03/30/2008

Overview and Key Statistics

State Population

  • In 2006, Wyoming’s state population was 515,004, which ranked 50th among the 50 states.
  • The state’s largest racial/ethnic groups were whites (88 percent), Hispanics (7 percent), and American Indians (2 percent).

Marriage and Childbearing

  • In 2004, there were 2,158 births to unmarried women in Wyoming, accounting for 31.7 percent of all births in the state.
  • Wyoming ranked 36th among the 50 states in the highest percentage of births to unmarried women.
  • In 2004, there were 1,580 births to unmarried white women in Wyoming and 343 births to unmarried Hispanic women.

Marriage and Divorce

  • In 2005, Wyoming had a divorce rate of 5.3 divorces per 1,000 people.  Wyoming’s divorce rate ranked fourth highest among the 44 states that report divorce statistics.
  • In Wyoming, the percentage of adults who were divorced was 16.5 percent, compared to the national average of 15.0 percent.
  • The percentage of adults who were divorced was 16.2 percent for whites, 17.5 percent for Hispanics, and 28.6 percent for American Indians.

Marriage and Low-Income Children

  • In 2006, Wyoming had 42,036 children living in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.  Nearly half of these children (46.3 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 12,744 children in this group.
  • In 2006, 78 percent of low-income children in Wyoming were white and 12 percent were Hispanic.

 

TABLE WY-1.

WYOMING

NONMARITAL BIRTHS,

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

 

 

Wyoming

 

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

        182

        219

 83.1

 

 89.9

 

90.6

18 to 29

      1,752

      4,810

 36.4

 

 38.9

 

45.3

Over 30

        224

      1,778

 12.6

 

 16.4

 

16.0

Mother’s Race/Ethnicityb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

      1,580

      5,673

 27.9

 

 21.0

 

24.5

Hispanic

        343

        700

 49.0

 

 49.3

 

46.4

American Indian

        187

        291

 64.3

 

 71.4

 

62.9

Mother’s Educationc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

        683

      1,036

 65.9

 

 59.5

 

60.9

High school graduate

      1,371

      4,224

 32.5

 

 33.2

 

39.8

College graduate

         79

      1,472

  5.4

 

  6.2

 

7.0

Geographic Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All counties

      2,158

      6,807

 31.7

 

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Total

      2,158

      6,807

 31.7

 

 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.

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 WY-2.

WYOMING

DIVORCE RATES,

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

 

Overall Rates, 2005

Measure

Wyoming

 

Mountain Regiona

 

United Statesb

Number of divorces granted

      2,674

 

     95,945

 

846,166

Number of divorces granted per 1,000 peoplec

  5.3

 

  4.7

 

3.6

State ranking (highest to lowest)b

  4

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Wyoming

 

Mountain Regiond

 

United States

Population Group

Number of
Divorced People

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

 

Percent of
Group

Gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men

     23,874

 16.3

 

 15.0

 

 13.7

Women

     26,902

 16.7

 

 17.0

 

 16.0

Race/Ethnicitye

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

     44,645

 16.2

 

 16.7

 

 15.0

Hispanic

      3,317

 17.5

 

 13.2

 

 12.2

American Indian

1,000

28.6

 

16.1

 

20.6

Education Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than high school

      5,315

 18.0

 

 13.2

 

 13.4

High school graduate

     37,216

 17.4

 

 17.8

 

 16.8

College graduate

      8,245

 12.9

 

 13.8

 

 11.9

Geographic Areae

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rural

     14,822

 16.2

 

 15.5

 

 14.5

Urban

     35,954

 16.6

 

 16.2

 

 15.1

Total

     50,776

 16.5

 

 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. Estimates of racial/ethnic differences include only the state’s three largest racial/ethnic groups.

 

TABLE WY-3.

WYOMING

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND GEOGRAPHIC AREA

 

 

 

Wyoming

 

Mountain Regiona

 

United States

Geographic
Areab

Family
Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

All Areas

Married Parents

     19,470

 46.3

 

 54.4

 

45.4

 

Cohabiting Parents

      6,888

 16.4

 

  9.7

 

9.1

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      2,831

  6.7

 

  9.5

 

14.9

 

Formerly married

      8,607

 20.5

 

 16.1

 

18.0

 

Neither Parent

      1,650

  3.9

 

  3.4

 

4.3

 

Unknownc

      2,590

  6.2

 

  6.9

 

8.3

 

Total

     42,036

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Rural

Married Parents

      6,726

 53.5

 

 52.1

 

48.0

 

Cohabiting Parents

      2,133

 17.0

 

  8.6

 

9.6

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

        830

  6.6

 

  8.4

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

      2,321

 18.5

 

 17.7

 

19.0

 

Neither Parent

        276

  2.2

 

  3.6

 

5.2

 

Unknownc

        282

  2.2

 

  9.6

 

7.9

 

Total

     12,568

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Urban

Married Parents

     12,744

 43.2

 

 54.6

 

44.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

      4,755

 16.1

 

  9.9

 

9.0

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      2,001

  6.8

 

  9.6

 

15.9

 

Formerly married

      6,286

 21.3

 

 15.9

 

17.7

 

Neither Parent

      1,374

  4.7

 

  3.4

 

4.1

 

Unknownc

      2,308

  7.8

 

  6.6

 

8.3

 

Total

     29,468

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.

 

TABLE WY-4.

WYOMING

DISTRIBUTION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN,

BY FAMILY TYPE AND RACIAL/ETHNIC BACKGROUND

 

 

 

Wyoming

 

Mountain Regiona

 

United
States

Racial/Ethnic Groupb

Family Type

Number of
Children

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

 

Percent of
Children

White

Married Parents

     16,057

 48.7

 

 58.7

 

52.3

 

Cohabiting Parents

      5,534

 16.8

 

  8.4

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

      2,159

  6.5

 

  5.8

 

6.5

 

Formerly married

      6,657

 20.2

 

 19.0

 

21.0

 

Neither Parent

      1,210

  3.7

 

  3.4

 

4.0

 

Unknownc

      1,345

  4.1

 

  4.7

 

6.2

 

Total

     32,962

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

Hispanic

Married Parents

      2,174

 42.4

 

 55.7

 

53.8

 

Cohabiting Parents

        394

  7.7

 

 10.9

 

9.9

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

        672

 13.1

 

 10.2

 

10.3

 

Formerly married

      1,043

 20.3

 

 12.9

 

14.1

 

Neither Parent

        161

  3.1

 

  2.9

 

3.0

 

Unknownc

        685

 13.4

 

  7.5

 

8.9

 

Total

      5,129

100.0

 

100.0

 

100.0

American

Indian

Married Parents

NA

NA

 

36.7

 

34.1

Cohabiting Parents

NA

NA

 

14.8

 

16.1

 

Single Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never married

NA

NA

 

13.2

 

12.5

 

Formerly married

NA

NA

 

15.0

 

16.5

 

Neither Parent

NA

NA

 

5.3

 

6.4

 

Unknownc

NA

NA

 

15.0

 

14.4

 

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

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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