Just over half the adult population is married

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Nearly 51 per cent of the adult population is married according to new statistics.

In a new bulletin outlining population estimates, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) considers England and Wales last year. There were no less than 24.1 million married people across the two countries– a total equating to 50.9 per cent of the population. Meanwhile, only 0.2 per cent of those married people were involved in a same sex union. In the latter category, men outnumbered women by 57.7 per cent to 42.3 per cent.

The percentage of the population who are married in England – 51.1 per cent – is slightly higher than that in Wales (50.1 per cent).

Just under 10 per cent of the population was part of a cohabiting relationship last year, up from just under seven per cent 15 years ago.

According to the ONS the majority of single people have never been married or involved in a civil partnership rather than divorcees.

Emily Knipe of the Population Statistics Division said:

“In England and Wales, being married continues to be the most common marital status for those age 16 and over in 2016. This is despite the proportion of the population who are married decreasing by 3.9 percentage points since 2002 and the proportion of the population who are single increasing.”

Read the full statistics here.

Photo by arsheffield via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence.

Stowe Family Law Web Team

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Paul - July 17, 2017 at 10:15pm

I remember these sage like words reguarding Marriage. Marraige is like a hurricane. It starts with alot of sucking and blowing and ends with you losing a house.

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