State of the Family in Alabama

The United States Family Belonging Index is 46 percent, with a corresponding Family Rejection Index of 54 percent, based on 2008-2012 data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. The action of parents determines the Family Belonging or Rejection Index within a nation, region, state, or racial or ethnic group—whether they marry and belong to each other, or whether they reject one another through divorce or other means. Rejection leaves children without married parents committed to one another and to their children.

The Index of Family Belonging is determined by the fraction of children aged 15 to 17 in a given area who live with both their biological parents, who have been married since before or around the time of their birth.

1. Index of Belonging

Alabama has a Family Belonging Index of 38.4 percent. In other words, 38.4 percent of Alabama teenagers aged 15 to 17 have lived with their always-married parents since their birth, whereas 61.6 percent of these adolescents were raised in a non-intact family. Alabama ranks 45th on the state ranking of the Index of Belonging and Rejection.1)

Alabama State Ranking

2. Outcomes by Index of Belonging

Alabama Outcomes

2.1 Youth Outcomes

Alabama Youth Outcomes

3. Mapping Alabama

3.1 Family Intactness

Fraction of Families Intact Alabama Family Intactness