Office of National Statistics figures show marriage continues to decline and cohabitation increases since 2002
Latest figures from the Office of National Statistics have revealed that in England and Wales there were 23.8 million people married in 2015. This was 50.6% of the population aged 16 and over. In 2002 the married people amounted to 54.8% of the population aged 16 and over.
There were 28.4 million people living in a couple in 2015 and this was 60.5% of the population aged 16 and over. There has been a steady increase in people cohabiting who are never married which has increased from 6.8% in 2002 to 9.5% in 2015, it is thought that this is due to cohabitation being more common as an alternative to marriage, especially at a younger age.