Gender

Marital Status – African American Females Have the Lowest Marriage Rate (2010 ACS)

According to the 2010 American Community Survey (ACS) 1 Year Estimates, African American females had the lowest rate of persons who were married than any other race or ethnic population group (see Table 1). Only 26.0% of African American females above the age of 15 responded that they were married. This rate was even lower than their male counterpart, African American males, who responded at 33.0%. On the opposite end, and more than twice the rate of African American females, Asian American males were married at the high rate of 58.1% while Asian females came in a very close second with 58.0%

The divorce rate was topped by American Indian/Alaskan Native females with 14.7% and African American females was in the second positioned with 13.6%. Asian American males garnered an extremely low rate and the lowest divorced rate out of all population groups with 3.8%.

White American females had the lowest rate of persons who have never been married at a rate of 23.7%. Those who classify themselves as Two or More races were found to have greater than half of their population group never married (50.5%). African American males came in a close second with 50.0%.

Note: The Census Bureau’s 2010 ACS survey portion on Marital Status includes persons above the age of 15 years. It covers five categories of Marital Status; 1) Now Married, except separated; 2) Widowed; 3) Divorced; 4) Separated; and 5) Never Married.

 

Table 1 – 2010 American Community Survey 1 Year Estimates – Marital Status

MARITAL STATUS All Populations Hispanic or Latino (of any race) White alone, not Hispanic or Latino Black or African American alone, not Hispanic   or Latino American Indian and Alaska Native alone, not   Hispanic or Latino Asian alone, not Hispanic or Latino Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander   alone, not Hispanic or Latino Some other race alone, not Hispanic or Latino Two or more races, not Hispanic or Latino

All Population 15 years and over

Now married, except separated

48.80%

44.20%

53.00%

29.20%

36.70%

58.00%

46.80%

44.10%

35.30%

Widowed

6.00%

3.20%

6.80%

6.00%

5.10%

4.40%

3.90%

3.00%

3.70%

Divorced

10.90%

8.20%

11.70%

12.10%

13.90%

5.10%

7.90%

8.90%

11.00%

Separated

2.20%

3.50%

1.60%

4.40%

2.80%

1.30%

2.20%

2.60%

2.60%

Never married

32.10%

40.90%

26.90%

48.20%

41.50%

31.20%

39.30%

41.40%

47.30%

Males 15 years and over

Now married, except separated

50.50%

44.60%

54.90%

33.00%

37.00%

58.10%

46.90%

43.80%

36.00%

Widowed

2.50%

1.30%

2.90%

2.60%

2.50%

1.50%

1.70%

1.30%

1.60%

Divorced

9.60%

6.70%

10.50%

10.50%

13.20%

3.80%

7.30%

7.60%

9.80%

Separated

1.90%

2.60%

1.40%

3.90%

2.10%

1.10%

1.40%

2.20%

2.00%

Never married

35.40%

44.80%

30.30%

50.00%

45.30%

35.60%

42.70%

45.00%

50.50%

Females 15 years and over

Now married, except separated

47.10%

43.70%

51.30%

26.00%

36.40%

58.00%

46.60%

44.50%

34.70%

Widowed

9.30%

5.20%

10.60%

8.90%

7.60%

7.10%

6.10%

4.50%

5.60%

Divorced

12.10%

9.80%

12.70%

13.60%

14.70%

6.20%

8.50%

10.10%

12.20%

Separated

2.50%

4.30%

1.80%

4.90%

3.40%

1.40%

3.00%

3.00%

3.10%

Never married

29.00%

37.00%

23.70%

46.60%

38.00%

27.40%

35.80%

38.00%

44.40%

Source: 2010 American Community Survey 1 Year Estimates S0201 Table

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