State Policies to Promote Marriage. Preliminary Report.. Table 8: State Vital Statistics

03/01/2002

State Condition of Vital Statistics Data (b)
Marriage Statistics (c) Divorce Statistics (c) Improvement Efforts and Others
Alabama Marriage Rates (Total, By Race of Groom, By County, By month of occurrence), Marriages (By Official performing ceremony, By race of bride and groom, By previous marital status, By age and race of bride and groom, By education of bride and groom, By age and previous marital status, By age of bride and by age of groom, By residence of bride and groom), Previous marriages (By age of bride, By age of groom); 1998. Divorce Rates (Total, By County of decree, By county of occurrence, By month of decree), Divorces and Annulments (Total, By duration of marriage and number of minor children, By duration of marriage, By number of minor children, By month of decree, By party to whom granted by number of this marriage, By race of husband and wife, By legal grounds for decree, By age of husband and wife);1998. Law. SB112 (1997). An Act relating to marriage licenses; and transferring responsibility for marriage licensing from judicial officers to the state registrar of vital statistics. Source: http://www.legislature.state.al.us/
Alaska Marriages (By Census Area, By Native regional corporation of occurrence, By census area of bride's residence, By age of groom and age of bride); 1998. Divorces (By judicial district, By number of marriages for wife and husband, By census area of residence, By number involving children under the age of 18 years, By judicial district); 1998.  
Arizona Marriages (By county of occurrence, By county of occurrence by month), Marriage Rates (By County of occurrence); 1996-1999. Dissolution of Marriage (By county of occurrence, By county of occurrence by month), Dissolution of Marriage Rates (By county of occurrence); 1996-1999.  
Arkansas Marriages (Total, By groom's county of residence, median age of bride and groom, By state, territory or country of residence of bride and groom, By day of week and month of year, By county of occurrence, By groom's county of residence); Age of groom by Age of Bride (Arkansas Residents, Arkansas Occurrences); 1995-1999. Divorces and Annulments (Total, By County of occurrence and number of children affected, By county of occurrence and number of years of marriage, By county of occurrence); 1995-1999.  
California      
Colorado Marriages (Total, By sex and age group, By previous marital status of bride and groom, By county and region), First marriages (By age and sex group), Marriage Rates (By sex and age group, By county and region); 1996. Marriage Dissolution (Total); 1996.  
Connecticut Marriages (Total, By County); 1998.    
Delaware Marriages (By place of ceremony, By previous marital status of bride and groom, By age of bride and groom and previous marital status, By marriage order, By race and age of groom and race of bride, By race and age of bride and race of groom, By race and education of groom and race of bride, By race and education of bride and race of groom, By education of groom and bride, By education of bride and groom, By resident status of bride and groom, By resident status of bride and groom and type of ceremony performed, By month of ceremony, By day of week), Marriage Rates (By previous Marital Status of bride and groom, By marriage order, age at marriage of bride and groom and race, By race and age of groom and race of bride, By race and age of bride and race of groom, By race and education of groom and race of bride, By race and education of bride and race of groom, By education of bride and groom, By resident status of bride and groom, By resident status of bride and groom and type of ceremony performed, By month of ceremony, By day of week), Median and Mean age of bride and groom By race and previous marital status, Remarriages by interval between marriages and By education of bride and groom; 1999. Divorces (By place of decree, By age of husband and wife at time of decree and race of husband and wife, By age of husband and age of wife at the time of the decree, By duration of marriage at time of decree and number of this marriage for husband and wife, By duration of marriage at time of decree and race of husband and wife, By race of husband and wife and number of children under 18), Median and Mean age of husband and wife at time of divorce decree By race and number of this marriage, Median and mean duration of marriage in years at time of divorce decree By race and number of this marriage, Five-year average divorces/annulments rates per 1,000 population by place of decree; 1999.  
DC      
Florida Marriages (Total, By County, By month, race of groom and bride), Marriage rates (Total). 1996. Dissolution of Marriage (Total, By duration of marriage in years and number of minor children, By month, By county). 1996.  
Georgia     Division of Public Health created cluster health profiles for many communities. The types of data and information that can be made available through EHIS are nearly endless and public health program officials will be encouraged to provide additional data and analyses for the system. Source: http://www.ph.dhr.state.ga.us/
inpho/statewide/ehis.shtml
Hawaii Marriages (Total, By resident status, interracial, By median age, By percent previously married, By type of ceremony), Marriage Rates (By resident status); 1994-1997. Divorces (Total, By Median age, By percent interracial, By percent with children under 18 years, By median years married, By decree type), Divorce Rates (Total); 1994-1997. In 1989, the Office of Health Status Monitoring in the Hawaii Department of Health created the Hawaii Health Integrated Data System (HHIDS), a statewide system that maintains vital records. The system was developed to create uniform standards and data elements to integrate birth, death, marriage, and divorce data, which were being collected in separate databases. As of 1996, ten years of data have been captured in the system, and data are updated annually. Source: http://aspe.hhs.gov/statereg/hi/hi_fin.htm
Idaho Marriages (Total, By age, By race, By age of bride by previous marital status, By age of groom By previous marital status, By occurrence By residence status); 1999. Divorces (Total, By number for this marriage, By duration of marriage, By number of children, By legal grounds, By residence status); 1999.  
Illinois Marriages (Total, By County); 1990-1999. Divorces (Total, By County); 1990-1999.  
Indiana Marriages (By County, By month, By weekday and ceremony type, By residence of bride and residence of groom By ceremony type, By residence of bride by residence of groom, By race of bride by race of groom, By previous marital status of bride by previous marital status of groom, By education of bride by education of groom, By age of bride by age of groom, By number of marriages, By age by previous marital status for brides and grooms), Marriage rates (By age of bride by age of groom, By age by previous marital status for brides and grooms), Median and mean age by race and previous Marital status for brides and grooms; 1998.    
Iowa Marriages (By age of groom and bride, By age of groom, By age of bride); 1993. Dissolutions (By age and by race of husband and wife, By age and by primary marriages and remainder and by husband and wife, By age of husband and wife, By duration of marriage, By number of children involving children under 18 years of age); 1993. The goal of the vital records modernization project is to improve the timeliness, availability, completeness and accuracy, as well as its efficiency in collecting, maintaining, and disseminating the data for users and providers of the system. Iowa's vital record system is a statewide network of providers and users of birth, death, and marriage data used for many legal and public health purposes. In January 1995, the department selected a vendor (JK, Inc.) to modernize the state's entire vital records system. The vendor has provided a work span through consultation with the Bureau of Vital Records that identifies areas for improvement and a work schedule for implementation, with a target date of July 1, 1997. Source: http://www.state.ia.us/government/
iitt/fullreport/hsfin026.htm
Kansas Marriages (Total, By county, By premarital status of bride and by premarital status of groom, By age group of bride and by age-group of groom, By county of occurrence, By month), Marriage Rates (Total, By County), Average age of Marriage; 1999. Marriage Dissolution (Total, By age group of bride and by age group of groom, By duration of marriage in years, By number of minor children reported and number of minor children affected, By county of occurrence, By percent distribution by number of minor children); 1999.  
Kentucky      
Louisiana      
Maine      
Maryland Marriages (By resident status and type of ceremony, By resident status and type of ceremony and by region and political subdivision of occurrence, By age and previous status of bride, By age and previous marital status of groom, By age of bride and age of groom, By previous marital status and residence of bride, By previous marital status and residence of groom, By previous marital status of bride and groom and type of ceremony, By place of residence of bride and groom); 1996. Divorce and Annulments (By legal grounds, By region and political subdivision of occurrence, By party to whom decree was granted-selected areas of occurrence, By age of husband and wife at time of decree, By number of children reported under 18 years of age and duration of marriage, By number of marriages of husband and number of marriages of wife); 1996.  
Massachusetts      
Michigan Marriages (Total), Median age of Bride and Groom, Median duration of marriage at divorce decree, Median age at first marriage, Month of marriage, Age at Marriage; 1998. Divorces (Total), Median age of wife and husband at divorce decree, median, Estimated number of children involved in divorce; 1998.  
Minnesota      
Mississippi Marriages (Total, By Day, By Month, By age of groom and by age of bride, By marriage order for bride and groom, By previous marital status for bride and groom, By residence of bride and groom and race of bride), Median Age of Bride and groom; 1998-1999. Divorces (Total, By cause and race, By number and minor, By number of years married and race); 1998-1999.  
Missouri Marriages (By Age of groom, By age of bride, By age and previous marital status of bride and groom, By previous marital status of bride and groom, By race of bride by race of groom, By month, By county of recording with rates per 1,000 Population), Marriage Rates (Total, By Regional Planning Commission of recording); 1999. Dissolution (Total, By month by type of decree, By number of previous marriages of husband and wife, By duration of marriage, By number of children affected, By petitioner by disposition of children, By age of wife by age of husband, By race of wife by race of husband, By county of recording), Dissolution rates (Total, By county with rates per 1,000 population, By regional planning commission of recording); 1999.  
Montana      
Nebraska Marriages (Total, By number and rate by county, By race of bride and groom, By number of this marriage, By previous marital status, By number of this marriage by age of bride, By number of this marriage by age of groom, By number of this marriage by age of bride and groom, By age of bride and groom, By number of first marriages by age of bride and bride and groom); 1998. Divorces (Total, By county of occurrence, By age of husband and wife, By duration of marriage, By race of husband and wife, By settlements made, By number of children affected, By custody and number of children awarded to); 1998.  
New Hampshire Marriages (Total, By county of issuance, By Town and County, By number for bride and by number for groom, By age when license was issued, By education of bride and education of groom); 1998. Divorces (Total, By county issuing decree of dissolution, number of marriage for husband, By number of marriage for wife, By county issuing decree of dissolution by petitioner, By legal custody of children, By number of divorces involving minor children by county issuing decree, By award of physical custody of minor children by county issuing decree of dissolution, By uncontested award of physical custody of minor children by county issuing decree, By award of physical custody of minor children in uncontested cases, By defaulted award of physical custody, By award of physical custody in minor children in defaulted cases, By contested award of physical custody of minor children by county issuing decree of dissolution, By award of physical custody of minor children in contested cases); 1998.  
New Jersey Marriages (Total, By percent of brides and grooms under 25 and under 20 years of age at the time of first marriage, By previous marital status, By county of occurrence, By race of bride and groom, By county and month of occurrence, By county of occurrence), Median Age at First Marriage, Marriage Rates (Total); 1997. Divorces (Total, By county of occurrence); 1997. Recommended funding of $1.4 million is unchanged from FY 2001 for the Vital Statistics Program that is involved in the collection, recording and searches of birth, death and marriage data. It provides training to local registrars, supervises their operations and approves the appointment of local registrars. In FY 2001, the program will process 109,000 searches and issue 69,000 certified copies. Source: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/
budget/health01.pdf
New Mexico      
New York Marriages (Total, By age of bride and age of groom, By county of occurrence and month of ceremony); 1998. Dissolutions (Total, By county of occurrence and type of decree, By duration of marriage, By type of decree, By county of county of occurrence and by legal grounds, By county of occurrence and duration of marriage, By county of occurrence and number of children under 18); 1998.  
North Carolina      
North Dakota      
Ohio      
Oklahoma     (1) State's $10 million marriage initiative includes plans for an improved data-gathering system to document marriages and divorces in the state. Source: http://www.heritage.org/library/
backgrounder.bg1421.html. http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/
2001-02HB/HB1104_int.rtf

(2) Bill. SB 696 (2001). Failed. Would create a statewide information collection and analysis system to monitor marriages and divorces in Oklahoma. The State Health Department and the Administrative Office of the Courts would develop the database. Source: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/senate/
Week_In_Review_2001/040204052001.html

Oregon      
Pennsylvania Age of groom and bride, Marriages (Total, By Month and county of occurrence, By previous marital status and race and age of bride, By previous marital status by race and age of groom, By previous marital status of bride and by type of ceremony, By previous marital status of groom and by type of ceremony, By prior marriages and by age of bride, By prior marriages and by age of groom, By state of residence of the bride and the groom); 1998. Divorces (By age of husband and age of wife, By age of husband by number of times married, By age of wife by number of times married, By County, By duration and grounds, By legal grounds, By month of occurrence, By number of children by custody by county, By party granted decree, By state of residence for husband and wife, By state where marriage was performed); 1998.  
Rhode Island      
South Carolina      
South Dakota      
Tennessee      
Texas Marriages (By county, By age of bride and age of groom); 1999. Divorces (By age of wife and age of husband, By number of children affected by divorce); 1999.  
Utah Marriages (Total, By county of occurrence and month, By county of residence of groom and county of residence of bride, By age of groom and bride, By first marriage of both bride and groom by age, By state of residence of bride and groom, By age and previous marital status of bride and groom, By age and race of bride and groom, By race of bride and groom, By previous marital status, By previous marital status education and race of groom, By previous marital status of bride and groom and type of officiant, By resident status of couples marrying and type of officiant, By number where bride is under 20 years by resident status of couples marrying and type of officiant); 1998. Dissolution (Total, By county of occurrence and month, By state in which marriage was performed and type of decree, By duration of marriage in years and type of decree, By age of husband and wife, By number of dependent children under 18 years of age and type of decree); 1998.  
Vermont Marriages (Total, By residence of bride and groom, By county of residence of bride by county of residence of groom, By age of bride by age of groom, By education of bride by education of groom, By marriage number of bride by marriage number of groom, By race of bride and groom, By month of marriage by county of marriage, By type of ceremony by previous marital status of bride and groom); 1996, 1999. Divorces (By number with children under 18, By month of occurrence, By length of separation by county of decree, By number of years married by county of decree, By number of divorces with children under 18 at time of decree by number of years married, By custody of children under 18 at time of decree, By number of children under 18 at time of decree by custody, By age of wife by age of husband at time of decree, By marriage number of wife by marriage number of husband, By length of marriage by husband's age at marriage, By length of marriage by wife's age at marriage, By education of wife by education of husband); 1996, 1999. Department of Health adapted the marriage and divorce data systems to civil unions. This included data files, data entry screens, and computer programs that transfer, check and edit the records. Source: http://www.leg.state.vt.us/baker/cureport.htm
Virginia Marriages (Total, By residence of bride and groom for marriages licensed by race); 1996. Divorces (Total, By place of marriage and race); 1996.  
Washington Marriages (By county, By woman's age and county where ceremony was performed, By man's age and county where ceremony was performed); 1999. Divorces (By County of residence, By county of decree, By wife's age and county of decree, By husband's age and county of decree, By number of children and county of wife's residence); 1999.  
West Virginia Marriages (Total, By month of occurrence By county, By month of occurrence, By age of bride and groom, By previous marital status); 1999. Divorces (Total, By county of occurrence, By county, By age of husband and wife, By duration of marriage and number of children); 1999.  
Wisconsin Marriages (Total, By month and county, By age of bride and groom), Median age at first marriage and all remarriages; 2000. Divorces (Total, By county, By number of children affected); 2000.  
Wyoming Marriages (Total, By month and county of occurrence, By age of groom and age of bride, By age and previous marital status of bride and groom), Marriage Rate (By county); 1998. Divorces (By rates by county of occurrence, duration of marriage and county of occurrence, By number of children affected and county of occurrence); 1998.  
a/ According to Jim Weed at NCHS, the federal government no longer provides states funds to help with collection and coding of marriage and divorce data.
b/ Source: National Center for Health Statistics (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/)
c/ Data are collected by county officials (public health and courts) and sent to The State Health Department, which may or may not aggregate and publish them. The amount of detail collected at the county level varies considerably. Source: Theodora Ooms, CLASP.