State of the Family in Michigan

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

Michigan has a Family Belonging Index of 45.7 percent. In other words, 45.7 percent of Michigan teenagers aged 15 to 17 have lived with their always-married parents since their birth, whereas 54.3 percent of these adolescents were raised in a non-intact family. Michigan ranks 28th on the state ranking of the Index of Belonging and Rejection.1)

Michigan State Ranking

2. Outcomes by Index of Belonging

Michigan Outcomes

2.1 Youth Outcomes

Michigan Youth Outcomes

3. Mapping Michigan

3.1 Family Intactness

Fraction of Families Intact Michigan Family Intactness

3.2 Teenage Out-of-Wedlock Births

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

3.3 High School Graduates

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

3.4 Employment

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

3.5 Earnings

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

3.6 Homeowners

Fraction of households owning a home Michigan Homeowners

3.7 Poverty

See Effects of Family Structure on Poverty

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