State Policies to Promote Marriage. Table 9: State Vital Statistics

09/01/2002

State Condition of Vital Statistics Data a/ b/
Marriage Statistics Divorce Statistics c/ Improvement Efforts and Others
Alabama Marriage Rates (Total, By Race of Groom, By race of groom by County, By month of occurrence), Marriages (By race of groom by county, By month of occurrence, By race of bride and groom, By previous marital status, By race of bride and groom, By age of bride by age of groom); 2000 Divorce Rates (Total, By County of decree), Divorces and Annulments (Total, By duration of marriage and number of minor children, By party to whom granted, By County of decree, By race of husband and wife, By legal grounds for decree, By age of husband and wife);1998.  
Alaska Marriages (Total, By Census Area, By Native regional corporation of occurrence, By census area of bride's residence); 1999. Divorces (Total, By census area of residence, By Native region of corporation, By type); 1999.  
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 and 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); 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); 1999.  
California In California, data pertaining to marriage and marriage dissolution have not been gathered nor tabulated since 1981. The decision to discontinue these activities was based on budget cuts and a prioritization of analysis of

births, deaths, and fetal deaths over marriages and dissolutions.

See Marriage Statistics.  
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); 2000. Marriage Dissolution (Total); 2000.  
Connecticut Marriages (Total, By certain towns of occurrence); 1999. Divorces (Total); 1999. State notes that data is very unreliable as the Superior Courts are not statutorily mandated to provide data  
Delaware Marriages (By place of ceremony, By age at marriage of bride and groom, 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, By place of ceremony), Median and Mean age of bride and groom by race and previous marital status, Remarriages by interval between marriages and By education of bride, 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.  
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Florida Marriages (Total, By County, By month, By race of groom and bride), Marriage rates (Total); 2000. Dissolution of Marriage (Total, By duration of marriage in years and number of minor children, By month, By county); 2000.  
Georgia Marriages (Total, By county, By Race) Marriage rates (Total, By county, By race); 1998.

 

The state notes that they did not include marriage or divorce data in their most recent publications as they no longer deem it to be reliable.

Divorces (Total, By county, By Race) Divorce rates (Total, By county, By race); 1998. 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 numerous and public health program officials will be encouraged to provide additional data for the system. Source: http://www.ph.dhr.state.ga.us/
inpho/statewide/ehis.shtml
Hawaii Marriages (Total, By resident status, By percent interracial, By median age, By previous marital status, By type of ceremony, By race, ), Marriage Rates (Total, By resident status); 1999. Divorces and Annulments (Total, By Median age, By percent interracial, By percent with children under 18 years, By median years married, By decree type, By resident status), Divorce Rates (Total); 1999. 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 of the bride and groom, By race of the bride and groom, By age of bride by previous marital status, By age of groom by previous marital status, By occurrence By residence status); 2000. Divorces (Total, By number for this marriage, By duration of marriage, By number of children, By legal grounds, By residence status); 2000.  
Illinois Marriages (Total, By County); 2000, Marriage rates (Total); 1999. Divorces and Annulments (Total, By County); 2000, Divorce and annulment rates (Total); 1999.  
Indiana Marriages (By County. By month. By residence of bride and 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); 2000. 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 race of husband and wife, By number of children involving children under 18 years of age by race of husband and wife); 2000. 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, By education of bride and groom, By race of bride and groom), Marriage Rates (Total, By County), Average age of Marriage; 2000. 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, By race, By education, By number of marriages); 2000.  
Kentucky Marriages (Total) Marriage rates (Total); 1997. Divorces (Total) Divorce rates (Total) 1997.  
Louisiana Marriages (Total, By month of occurrence, By race, By previous marital status, By average and median age of bride and groom at this marriage by previous marital status); 1998. Final Divorces and Annulments Granted (By Parish); 1998.  
Maine Marriages (Total); 2000. Divorce (Total); 2000.  
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); 1999. 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); 1999.  
Massachusetts Marriages (Total, By county, By age and previous marital status of bride and groom, By age of bride and groom, By number of marriages for bride by number of marriages for groom) Marriage rates (Total). Divorces (Total, By county) Divorce rates (Total). Massachusetts is currently in development of a comprehensive web-enabled vital statistics system (eVITALS). The first component that is expected to be ready for use is Electronic Marriage Registration (EMR). Accompanying this effort will be modifications to the certificate and electronic collection of information necessary for completion of the certificate, but not appearing on the certified copy (such as date of divorce, docket numbers of accompanying court orders, etc.) Minor modifications are also planned for the legal certificate, including addition of birthplace of parents and ability to list more than one set of parents (e.g. adoptive and biological). Additional details are available upon request. No modification of divorce file is anticipated at this time, but electronic reporting through eVITALS will be implemented in the future.
Michigan Marriages (Total, By marriages that are remarriages for brides and for grooms, By age and order of marriage for brides and for grooms, By month, By County of occurrence), Marriage rates (Total, By age, By sex, By County of occurrence) Median age at first marriage of bride and groom, Median duration of marriage at divorce decree; 2000. Divorces (Total, By number of children per decree, By County of occurrence), Divorce rates (Total, By County of occurrence)2000.  
Minnesota Marriages (Total, By county of occurrence, By race of bride by race of groom, By age of bride by age of groom) Marriage rates (Total) Divorces (Total, By county, By age)  
Mississippi Marriages (Total, By average per day, By Month, By age of groom and by age of bride, By race of groom and race of bride, By median age of bride and groom for all marriages and first marriages by race, 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); 2000. Divorces (Total, By cause and race, By number of minor children, By number of years married and race); 2000.  
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), Marriage Rates (Total, By Regional Planning Commission of Recording, By County of Recording); 2000. Dissolutions and Annulments (Total, By month by type of decree, By number of previous marriages, husband by wife, By duration of marriage, By number of children affected, By petitioner by disposition of children and by whether child support awarded, By age of wife by age of husband, By race of wife by race of husband), Dissolution and Annulment rates (Total, By County of Recording, By Regional Planning Commission of Recording); 2000.  
Montana Marriages (Total, By month of occurrence, By previous marital status and age of bride by previous marital status and age of groom, By frequency of first marriage by age of bride and age of groom, By median ages of brides and grooms), Marriage Rates (Total); 2000 Marital Termination (Total), Rate of Marital Termination (Total); 2000

The state notes that divorce rates are somewhat unreliable because courts do not consistently report the data to the correct agency.

 
Nebraska Marriages (Total, By number, By county occurrence, 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) Marriage rates (Total, By county occurrence); 2000. 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) Divorce rates (Total, By county of occurrence); 2000.  
Nevada Marriages (Total, By county license was purchased in and county of occurrence, By groom’s state of residence, By bride’s state of residence, By bride’s state of residence and county of occurrence, By groom’s state of residence and county of occurrence); 1999. Divorces (Total) Divorce rates (Total, By county, By county and month of divorce); 1999.  
New Hampshire Marriages (Total, By county of issuance, By town and county of issuance, 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, By duration in years for divorce occurrences, By 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 first-time brides and grooms by age, By age of bride and age of groom, By difference in ages of bride and groom, By previous marital status, By percent of brides and grooms under 25 and under 20 years of age, By previous marital status, By county of occurrence, By county and month of occurrence, By county of occurrence), Median age at marriage, Median age at first marriage, Marriage Rates (Total); 1999. Divorces (Total, By county of occurrence) Divorce rates (Total); 1999. 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 The state does not collect or publish any data, the County Clerks are responsible for collecting all information and deciding what to release. See Marriage Statistics.  
New York Marriages (Total, By age of bride and age of groom, By county of occurrence and month of ceremony); 1999. Dissolutions (Total, By county of occurrence and type of decree, By duration of marriage and type of decree) Divorces (Total, 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); 1999.  
North Carolina Marriages (Total, By county, By city, By perinatal region) Marriage rates (Total, By county, By city, By perinatal region); 2000 Divorces and Annulments (Total, By county, By city, By perinatal region) Divorce and Annulment rates (Total, By county, By city, By perinatal region); 2000  
North Dakota Marriages (Total, By county of license) Marriage Rates (Total, By county); 2000. Divorces and Annulments (Total, By county of decree) Divorce and Annulment Rates (Total, By county); 2000. More detailed information is available upon request.
Ohio Marriages (Total) Marriage Rates (Total); 1998. Divorces (Total) Divorce Rates (Total); 1998  
Oklahoma Marriages (Total, By County) Marriage rates (Total, By county); 1998. Divorces (Total, By county) Divorce rates (Total, By county); 1998. (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
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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. 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 Marriages (Total, By county of occurrence) Marriage rates (Total, By county of occurrence); 2000 Divorces (Total, By county of occurrence) Divorce rates (Total, By county of occurrence); 2000  
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. Effective with 2002 events, only summary counts are being collected from counties. The summary data include total marriages by month and county of occurrence, marriages by age groups of bride and groom, total divorces by month and county of occurrence, and divorces by number of years married.
Rhode Island Marriages (Total, By month) Marriage rates (Total, By city/town); 1997 Divorces (Total, By county of occurrence, By month); 1997 In December 2000 we entered into a contract with Genesis, Inc. to provide an electronic vital registration system including births, marriages, deaths, and fetal deaths. The marriage module would allow the local registrar to enter the marriage license information into the centralized database at the State Office, print out the license for the couple to bring to the ceremony, electronically track registration of the marriage record, and provide a statistical database. The funds allocated in the FY 2003 budget for implementation of the marriage module were taken to balance the state budget. Therefore, we have had to postpone implementation of the electronic marriage registration indefinitely.
South Carolina Marriages (Total, By county, By race of bride and groom, By age of bride and groom, By age race and residential status) Marriage rates (Total, By race); 2000. Divorces (By race and age, By duration of marriage, By plaintiff and legal grounds of decree, By number of children under 18 affected by race and county) Divorce rates (Total, By race and age); 2000.  
South Dakota Marriages (Total, By county, By age group of bride and groom) Marriage rates (Total, By county) The mean, median, mode, maximum, and minimum ages of bride and groom; 2000. Divorces (Total, By county) Divorce rates (Total, By county) The mean, median, mode, maximum, and minimum length of marriage prior to termination; 2000. South Dakota will be implementing electronic marriage records in the near future. Source: Personal communication (email) with employee at the SD Dept. of Health
Tennessee Marriage Rates (Total, By county) Marriages (By county, By number of marriages according to previous marital status); 2000 Divorce Rates (Total, By county); 2000 More comprehensive data available upon request.
Texas Marriages (By county, By age of bride and age of groom); 2000. Divorces (By county, By age of wife and age of husband, By number of children under 18 affected by divorce); 2000.  
Utah Marriages (Total, By health district and county of occurrence, By first marriages and remarriages, By type of officiant, By education level of bride and marriage order, By health district, county of residence and age of bride, By marriages where bride is less than 20 years of age by health district and county of residence, By marriages to persons under 20,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) Marriage rates (Total, By health district and county of occurrence, By first marriages and remarriages) Median age of bride and groom by order of marriage1998. Divorces (Total, By number to persons married at less than 20 years of age, By health district, county of occurrence number and rate, By median age of husband and wife and order of marriage, 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) Divorce rates (Total) Mean numbers of children per divorce and rates for children under 18 years of age, Median duration of marriage prior to divorce by divorce registration area; 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); 2000. 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); 2000. 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 month); 2000. Divorces (Total, By month); 2000.  
Washington Marriages (Total, By county, By bride’s age and county where ceremony was performed, By groom’s age and county where ceremony was performed, By county of occurrence and county bride’s and groom’s residence); 2000. 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 county of decree and county of residence, By number of children and county of wife's residence) Divorces and Legal Separations (By county of decree); 2000.  
West Virginia Marriages (Total, By month of occurrence by county, By month of occurrence, By age of bride and groom, By previous marital status, By number of previous marriages); 2000. Divorces and annulments (Total, By county of occurrence, By county, By age of husband and wife, By duration of marriage and number of children under 18); 2000.  
Wisconsin Marriages (Total, By month and county, By age of bride and groom – including remarriages), Marriage Rates (Total), Median age at first marriage and all remarriages; 2000. Divorces (Total, By county, By number of minor children affected) Divorce Rates (Total); 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); 2000. Divorces (By rates by county of occurrence, duration of marriage and county of occurrence, By number of children affected and county of occurrence); 2000.  
Notes:
Although states can often provide more detailed information upon request, the data presented in this report addresses those statistics that are published regularly by the states.

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.