Marriage rate lowest ever

Marriage rates drop to lowest level since records began

We might all love leafing through bridal magazines (shh, we know you do, too), but marriage rates are dropping at an alarming degree and currently stand at the lowest rate since records began.

According to statistics released yesterday, the number of men and women tying the knot is at the lowest level since 1862 – the year the figure was first calculated.

In 2006, the marriage rate for men was just 22.8 per 1,000 and for women it was just 20.5. The actual number of marriages? 236,980. There hasn’t been a year with fewer in England and Wales since 1895.

In fact, the only thing on the up is the age at which we marry, with men, on average, getting married for the first time at 31.8 and women at 29.7-years-old.

‘According to recent official data, two thirds of the population now feel that there is little difference socially between living together and being married,’ Claire Tyler from Relate tells The Times.

‘We are also finding that those who marry today tend to be older and wealthier. It seems that society is separating along socio-economic lines and the common experience of marriage no longer exists in the way it used to.’

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