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Proportion of population who are married continues to decline

The proportion of the population aged 16 years and over in England and Wales who are married continued to decline in 2018 (the most recent year for which numbers are available) to 50.5 per cent, down from 51.0 per cent in 2017. This figure includes opposite sex and same-sex marriages.

The figures have been released by the Office for National Statistics.

Whilst the proportion of the population under age 70 years who are married has declined, the proportion aged 70 years and over who are married has increased from 50.3 per cent in 2008 to 55.8 per cent in 2018.

The number of people aged 16 years and over who are single and have never married has continued to increase, rising by 369,000 from 2017, to a total of 16.7 million people (35.0 per cent) in 2018.

The number of people aged 16 years and over who live with a partner and have never married has continued to increase, rising by 1.3 million people since 2008, to a total of 5.0 million (10.4 per cent) in 2018.

Edward Morgan, Centre for Ageing and Demography, Office for National Statistics, commented:

"In England and Wales, around half of the population aged 16 years and over were married in 2018. The proportion of people married has been in decline over the last decade, while the single population has been increasing. However, those in their 70s and beyond are seeing a different trend where, despite a modest rise in the divorced population, the proportion of people aged 70 years and over who are married has been increasing at a greater rate."

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15/9/19