Cohabitation and remaining single is on the rise but marriage is declining

Cohabitation and remaining single is on the rise but marriage is declining

Posted by on Jul 30, 2016 in News

The Office of National Statistics has reported that cohabitation is on the rise but marriage is declining. The percentage of people aged 16 or over entering a marriage in England and Wales has declined by a small margin. In 2002 54.8% of the population was married however this has now dropped to 50.6% in 2015. Cohabitation is now common as an alternative to marriage for couples, with cohabitation figures now rising to 9.5% in 2015 from 6.8% in 2002.

Pamela Cobb, from the Office for National Statistics, said: “Just over half of the population aged 16 and over were married in 2015. This figure has steadily declined since 2002, which could be associated with a rise in cohabiting amongst those who have never married or formed a civil partnership.”

More people are also choosing to remain single than become cohabitants, civil partners or enter into a marriage. Statistics show that in 2002 29.6% were single but this increased to 34.5% in 2015 which would suggest remaining single is a common trend as well.

Resolution spokesman Graeme Fraser said: “These statistics should be regarded by policymakers as a wake-up call that cohabitation is a trend of modern society that is not going to go away.”

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