UNITED KINGDOM, June 24, 2014 (Daily Mail): Married couples are in decline, fuelled by changes in social attitudes and the arrival of families from abroad. The proportion of families with a couple who have tied the knot fell from 70 per cent in 2001 to 65 per cent in 2011, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. However, there are wide variations between the nationalities of families, with 85 per cent of Indian couples getting married compared to just 35 per cent of those from Somalia.
New research based on the 2011 Census shows that there were 15.8 million households living in England and Wales, with 9 in 10 of them comprising of a single family. While almost two-thirds (65 per cent) were married, the proportion with cohabiting couples and lone parent families rose in the decade from 2011. Some 85 per cent of families were headed by someone born in the UK.
But a breakdown based on the nationality of the "family reference person" shows how rates of marriage, cohabiting and living alone vary depending on where in the world one comes from. Marriage rates were highest among families headed by someone born in India (85 per cent, followed by Sri Lanka (84 per cent) and Afghanistan (83 per cent). The ONS said: "High proportions of married couples may reflect cultural attitudes towards family structures and marriage in the population."
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