According to the recent official statistics, the marriage rate in which men marry women has fallen to its lowest level.
In the year 2017, there were 235,910 opposite gender marriages registered in England and Whales which are less than 2016. This ratio has decreased to 2.8%.
This number was 45% more in year 1972 so there has been rapid decrease of interest in the matrimonial commitments. This data was provided by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). In year 2017, there were overall 242,842 marriages taken place which are 2.8% less than 2016.
A representative from ONS, Kanak Gosh said: “Opposite sex couples have lost their interest in getting married making it the lowest marriages rate on record”. This decline started in the early 1970’s and it was expected that this decline would be a gradual long term decline with expected rate of numbers falling by a third over a span of 40 years.
The data sample shows out 1000 unmarried men only 21.2 got married who were having age 16 or over. Similarly if we look at the sample for women, out of 1000 unmarried only 19.5 showed their interest in marriages. Age factor was considered same for women as well i.e 16 and over.
In another assessment of the data, it was found the average age at which both gender finds themselves comfortable for marriage is 38 for men and 35 for women.
Data regarding Homosexual marriages that were registered in 2017 shows a figure of 6,932 marriages, out of which 56% were made between female to female couple whereas male to male marriage has a ratio of 44%.
According to the data provided by ONS, 1,072 couples with mutual understanding with each other converted their marital status to married from civil partnership.
In the year 2017, 22% marriages out of total no of marriages were religious ceremonies. This number is less than a quarter of total, hence making it the lowest percentage in the record of ONS.
Since 1992, the number of Civil marriages are increasing that have outvoted the religious marriages in UK every year.
Reported by BBC-News