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Variable Definitions:
Divorced/Separated Population: The percentage of the population over the age of 15 who is divorced or separated
Married Population: The percentage of the population over the age of 15 who is married
Never-Married Population: The percentage of the population over the age of 15 who has never been married
Widowed Population: The percentage of the population over the age of 15 who is widowed
Source:
American Community Survey, 5-year estimates, Table B12001
Years Available:
2006-10, 2007-11, 2008-12, 2009-13, 2010-14, 2011-15, 2012-16
Geographic Unit:
Census Tract

Why are these Variables Important to Measure?

Divorced/Separated Population
The category of separated includes people who are legally separated, those who have been deserted, are absent from their spouse due to marital discord, and those who no longer wish to live together, but do not yet have a final divorce decree. The category of divorced includes those who are legally divorced but have not entered into a new marriage. 
Marital history is important because marital status determines eligibility for various government programs. Similarly, this information is also used to measure the effects of programs and policies focused on the well-being of families. 
Married Population
The percentage of the adult population who is married excludes people who are currently separated from their partner, as well as those whose current marriage has ended by widowhood or divorce. Of those who are married, their spouse can be present in the same household, or living in a different household. According to the American Community Survey, beginning in 2013, same-sex married couples are included in the "married spouse present" category.
Marital history is important because marital status determines eligibility for various government programs. Similarly, this information is also used to measure the effects of programs and policies focused on the well-being of families.
Never-Married Population
The percentage of the adult population who has never been married includes both single people and those whose have been in marriages that have been annulled.
Marital history is important because marital status determines eligibility for various government programs. Similarly, this information is also used to measure the effects of programs and policies focused on the well-being of families.
Widowed Population
The category of widowed includes people whose marriage ended due to the death of a spouse and have not entered into a new marriage.
Marital history is important because marital status determines eligibility for various government programs. Similarly, this information is also used to measure the effects of programs and policies focused on the well-being of families.
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