For persons age 10 or older
[Questions 215-218 were asked of persons age 10 or older.]
215. What is [the respondent's] marital status?
 1 Single
 2 Married
 3 Divorced
 4 Widowed
NIU (not in universe)
Warning: these figures indicate the number of cases found in the data file. They cannot be interpreted as summary statistics of the population of interest.
Household Members 10 Years or Older
Questions 215 through 218 are asked to household members who are 10 years of age or older. See Q204; if 10, 11, 12... 98 have been entered, then the relevant household member must be asked Q215 through Q218 where appropriate.
Question 215: Marital Status
Ask the marital status of the household member and mark the appropriate code. If unmarried mark code 1, married mark code 2, divorced code 3, and if widowed mark code 4.
1. Unmarried is the status of those who have not or are not married at the time of the enumeration.
2. Married is the status of those who are married at the time of the enumeration, whether they live with the spouse or live separately. Here married includes those who are officially and legally married (according to custom, religion, the State, etc.) as well as those who live together and are considered to be husband and wife by society.
3. Divorced is the status of those who do not live together as husband and wife because they are divorced and have not married again. Those who say they are divorced, even though this status is not yet official, are considered divorced. On the other hand, those who temporarily are living separately, but do not considered themselves divorced, for example those who live separately due to school, work, search for work, or some quarrel, are not considered divorced.
4. Widow is the status of those whose husband/wife has died and they have not married again.
Explanation: A woman who is known to have never married but who has a child is considered divorced.
This variable indicates the person's marital status. Children under age 10 are assumed to be never-married.