Marriage Rates Down in Idaho

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Updated: 3/27/2013 7:22 pm

        The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare put out a report that shows Idaho’s marriage rate is the lowest it has been in 60 years.

It may be the lowest it has been in 60 years but it’s still higher than the national rate.

“Part of the marriage issues is just looking at the marriage rate itself and how that’s calculated and with an aging population we may have actually seen an increasing number of marriage but with the overall population growth or other things it may show that the rate has gone down” said BYU-Idaho Sociology Professor Clint Elison.

Another issue with why marriage rates are going down has to do with culture and the way young people are starting to view marriage.

“It’s the new trend for young adults to wait until they’ve got everything else in place in their life, they’ve completed their education, they’ve often times found a stable job and maybe even purchased a home, and then they start thinking about a marriage, like once I have all these other things in place, then I’ll look at getting married” continued Elison.

While marriage hasn’t lost its value among Americans, many see it as more of a symbolic event than a foundational one.

“I don’t see a decline in marriage or in the importance that people place on getting married.”

A few other interesting facts about Idahoans in 2011:

The most popular name for a girl was a tie between Emma and Sophia in 2011. In 1911, it was Mary, which did not crack the top 20 names in 2011. 

The most popular boy’s name in 2011 was Mason. In 1911, it was John, which also was not in the top 20 in 2011.

The state’s population increased just 1.1 percent, from 1,567,582 in 2010 to 1,584,985 in 2011, an increase of 17,403 people.

Each day in Idaho, there are 61 live births, 38 marriages and 21 divorces and annulments.

Remembering anniversary dates appears to influence couples’ choices for marriage. The highest number, 313 marriages, occurred on 9-10-11. The second highest, 296, occurred on 11-11-11.

The number of divorces in Idaho decreased by 4.5 percent, from 8,136 in 2010 to 7,773 in 2011. The oldest divorcee was 95 years old. The shortest marriage lasted 11 days.

Idaho’s birth rate dropped for the fifth straight year, from 16.7 births per thousand people in 2007 to 14.1 in 2011. North Central District Health Department in central Idaho reported the lowest rate, 10.8, while people living in Eastern Idaho Public Health District had the highest birth rate, at 19 births per 1,000 people.

A sampling of the most unique names for baby girls in 2011: Asma, Candelaria, Elphaba, Kyraeveryn, and Xxoie.

A sampling of the most unique names for baby boys in 2011: Adakiss, Dagr, Diggory, Pistol, and Pragedis.

The top two causes of death in Idaho are cancer and heart disease.

The highest number of deaths in 2011 occurred in March. The lowest number was in August.

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