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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 Family Intactness

3.2 Teenage Out-of-Wedlock Births

Fraction of teenage out-of-wedlock births out of all births Teenage Out-of-Wedlock Births

3.3 High School Graduates

Fraction of 19- to 20-year-olds who are high school graduates High School Graduates

3.4 Employment

Fraction of 25- to 54-year-old men working Employment

3.5 Earnings

Average earnings per 25- to 54-year-old male Earnings

3.6 Homeowners

Fraction of households owning a home Homeowners

3.7 Poverty

See Effects of Family Structure on Poverty

Fraction of the overall population below poverty Overall Poverty Fraction of 25- to 54-year-old females below the poverty line Female Poverty Fraction of minors below the poverty line Minor Poverty

3.8 Government Dependence

See Effects of Family Structure on Government Dependency and Effects of Welfare on Families

Fraction of households receiving food stamps Average TANF and State Welfare Transfers per 25- to 54-year-old females Average Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) per 25- to 54-year-olds Average Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) per 25- to 54-year-old male Male SSDI Average Supplemental Security Income (SSI) per 25- to 54-year-old male Male SSI Average Supplemental Security Income (SSI) per 25- to 54-year-old female Female SSI

3.9 Healthcare

See Effects of Family Structure on Healthcare Coverage

Fraction of 25- to 54-year-olds receiving public healthcare Public Healthcare Fraction of minors receiving public healthcare Minors Public Healthcare Fraction of 25- to 54-year-olds covered by private healthcare Private Healthcare Fraction of minors covered by private healthcare Minors Private Healthcare