Married households have dropped by six per cent says ONS

The number of people under 65 living in married households has dropped by six per cent in the last ten years, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The percentage of UK residents in one family married households dropped from 50 per (25.3 million) to 44 per cent (24.4 million) in the decade between 2001 and 2011. Meanwhile the percentage of people cohabiting increased by two per cent, from ten per cent (5.4 million) to 12 per cent or 6.5 million.

Single parent households rose by just one per cent in the same time period  – from 11 to 12 per cent, or 6.5 million, in 2011.

The percentage of people living in single person households did not change over the ten years, staying at 13 per cent (6.5 million).

All the figures are derived from the 2011 UK census and refer to households in which at least one member is under 65 years of age.

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Marilyn Stowe

The senior partner at Stowe Family Law, Marilyn Stowe is one of Britain’s best known divorce lawyers with clients throughout the country, in Europe, the Far East and the USA.

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5 comments

JamesB - January 31, 2013 at 12:27pm

Looks like we don’t like to marry each other anymore in this country.

The number of children born in this country where at least one of their parents was not born in the UK meanwhile goes up and up. The moral of the story has to be relationship classes in our schools and a serious look as to why the children of our country don’t feel like marrying each other.

I also am confused as to why your percentage figures dont add up to 100%. Please can someone else explain? Do some live in trees where animals are head of household or something, can someone please add up the figures to 100 and post here? I think I learned at school that percentages should add up to 100, they do not seem to here. I don’t think even Judicial discretion should be allowed to stretch that far ;-).

JamesB - January 31, 2013 at 12:28pm

Personally I think I blame divorce law and feminism. But I don’t think that is as objective as my above post and is a little more controversial and why I post it separately as I am open to pursuation on this point and dont wish to alienate people and welcome everyone’s opinions as to why this is the situation, not just the males of a certain type or anything.

JamesB - January 31, 2013 at 12:29pm

Because it’s a bit sad really.

JamesB - January 31, 2013 at 12:29pm

Well, a lot sad actually.

JamesB - January 31, 2013 at 12:39pm

I think I agree with David from the Bristol Marriage foundation that it is an issue.

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