English marriage rate at record low
Published 31/03/2011 | 05:00
Marriage rates in England and Wales are at their lowest since records began, new statistics show.
Just 21.3 out of every 1,000 males aged 16 plus were married in 2009, down from a rate of 22.0 in 2008, the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.
The proportion of women aged 16 plus who were married fell from 19.9 in 2008 to 19.2 in 2009.
The rates were the lowest since records began in 1862.
Some 231,490 marriages were registered in England and Wales in 2009 -- the lowest since 1895 when 228,204 were recorded, according to the provisional figures.
The ONS said 266,950 weddings were recorded throughout the UK in 2009, reflecting a downward trend after a peak of 480,285 in 1972.
Marriages in Scotland fell 4.8pc from 28,903 in 2008 to 27,524 in 2009 and in Northern Ireland the number of marriages decreased by 6.8pc to 7,931 in 2009.
The ONS said more than a third (35pc) of marriages in 2009 were remarriages for one or both partners.
Civil ceremonies accounted for two-thirds (67pc) of all ceremonies in 2009, up from 62pc from 1999.