Cape May County Public Health Profile Report
Maternal Marital Status: Percentage of Live Births, 2015
Cape May44.6% 95% Confidence IntervalNADescription of the Confidence IntervalThe confidence interval indicates the range of probable true values for the level of risk in the community.
A value of "NA" (Not Available) will appear if the confidence interval was not published with the NJSHAD indicator data for this measure.
State33.1% U.S.40.3%NA=Data not available.
Cape May Compared to State
Description of Gauge
Description of the GaugeThis graphic is based on the county data to the left. It compares the county value of this indicator to the state overall value.
The county value is considered statistically significantly different from the state value if the state value is outside the range of the county's 95% confidence interval. If the county's data or 95% confidence interval information is not available, a blank gauge image will be displayed with the message, "missing information."NOTE: The labels used on the gauge graphic are meant to describe the county's status in plain language. The placement of the gauge needle is based solely on the statistical difference between the county and state values. When selecting priority health issues to work on, a county should take into account additional factors such as how much improvement could be made, the U.S. value, the statistical stability of the county number, the severity of the health condition, and whether the difference is clinically significant.
- Excellent = The county's value on this indicator is BETTER than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.
- Watch = The county's value is BETTER than state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
- Improvement Needed = The county's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
- Reason for Concern = The county's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.
Why Is This Important?Many birth outcomes vary considerably by marital status and are addressed in their respective indicator profiles.
How Are We Doing?The percentage of births to unmarried mothers (nonmarital birth rate) had been steadily increasing for several decades but peaked around 2010 and has been slowly declining since then. The largest differences between 1990 and 2015 were among White (61% increase) and Hispanic mothers (47%), while differences among Black (+4%) and Asian (-7%) mothers were more modest. The nonmarital birth rate more than doubled among those aged 25-44. Although the largest increase was seen among foreign-born mothers, infants born to mothers native to U.S. territories (predominantly Puerto Rico) still have the highest nonmarital birth rate. Nonmarital birth rates range from 15% in Morris to 61% in Cumberland County.
NoteHudson, Salem, and Warren Counties each have a large proportion (> 10%) of records missing mother's marital status. Interpret with caution.
Data SourcesBirth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health National Vital Statistics Reports, NCHS, CDC
Measure Description for Maternal Marital Status
Definition: Marital status was determined by response to the following questions on the birth certificate: For years 1970-1978 - Legitimate? For years 1979-1988 - Is mother married? For years after 1988 - Mother married? (At birth, conception, or any time between)
Numerator: Number of live births to unmarried mothers
Denominator: Total number of live births