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Proportion of married people in England and Wales falls below 50% for first time

25th January 2024

The Guardian

ONS figures, which include civil partnerships, spark calls for changes in laws for cohabiting couples.

The proportion of people aged 16 or older in England and Wales who are married or in a civil partnership has fallen below 50% for the first time.

The figure dropped to 49.4% in 2022, according to the latest estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

This was down from 49.7% in 2021 and 51.2% a decade earlier in 2012.

The previous release on population estimates by marital status and living arrangements across the two nations covered estimates for 2020, so Thursday’s release is the first showing figures for 2021 and last year.

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