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Marriage rates for opposite-sex couples in 2018 the lowest on record

Marriage rates for opposite-sex couples in 2018 were the lowest on record, with 20.1 marriages per 1,000 unmarried men and 18.6 marriages per 1,000 unmarried women. The figures appear in the latest marriage statistics published by the Office for National Statistics which detail the number of marriages that took place in England and Wales analysed by age, sex, previous marital status and civil or religious ceremony.

There were 234,795 marriages in England and Wales in 2018; a decrease of 3.3 per cent compared with 2017 and the lowest since 2009.

In 2018, there were 6,925 marriages between same-sex couples, with 57.2 per cent between female couples; a further 803 same-sex couples converted their civil partnership into a marriage.

Around one fifth (21.1 per cent) of opposite-sex marriages in 2018 were religious ceremonies, the lowest on record; in contrast, religious ceremonies accounted for only 0.9 per cent of same-sex marriages.

In 2018, the average age at marriage for opposite-sex couples was 38.1 years for men and 35.8 years for women; for same-sex couples the average ages at marriage were 40.4 years and 36.9 years respectively.

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15/8/21