«Population Estimates by Marital Status, Mid-2010 Coverage: England and Wales Date: 29 November 2011 Geographical Area: Other Theme: Population Key ...»
of the adult population who are married among countries for which data are available. Comparisons based on data available from Eurostat for 2010 show the proportion of the adult population of England & Wales who are married (48.2 per cent in 2010) is one of the highest in Europe, where married populations range from 34.0 per cent of the total adult population in Sweden to 49.5 per cent in Romania (See Background Note 8).
The long-term decline in the married population as a proportion of the adult population of England & Wales (from 53.1 per cent in 2001 to 48.2 per cent in 2010) is also seen across Europe. For example, the married population of Latvia declined from 43.3 per cent of the total adult population in 2001 to 37.2 per cent in 2010, while the fall over the same period in Belgium was from 46.3 per cent to 41.0 per cent. A similar trend is also seen in the United States of America where, according to the US Census Bureau, the overall percentage of adults who were married in the United States of America declined to 54.1 per cent in 2010 from 57.3 per cent in 2000.
Notes for International comparisons
1. Eurostat - European Commission population statistics database
2. U.S. Census Bureau Reports Men and Women Wait Longer to Marry, November 2010 Guidance on reliability in the context of likely uses These population estimates by marital status refer to legal marital status; whether an adult is single, married, widowed or divorced. Those aged under 16 years old are assumed to be single. In terms of legal status, separated couples are considered to be married, and cohabiting couples retain their legal marital status whether that is single, married, widowed or divorced. The estimates include an adjustment to account for marriages abroad.
Users should be mindful of the limitations of the definitions used to produce these estimates. The number of opposite-sex cohabiting couples living in the UK has increased from 2.1 million in 2001 to
2.7 million in 2010 so some users may prefer to use surveys to provide estimates of the cohabiting and married population if this better suits their needs. Surveys are also able to provide estimates for geographies other than England & Wales combined, such as for the UK or for local authorities.
The Civil Partnership Act 2004, which came into force in December 2005 allowed same-sex couples in the UK to register their relationship for the first time. A civil partnership dissolution can be obtained after 12 months in either a registered civil partnership or a recognised foreign relationship for 12 months. The population estimates by marital status do not currently take account of civil partnership formations or dissolutions. Those who have formed, or formed and dissolved, a civil partnership are classified according to their marital status prior to forming that civil partnership. The total number of people forming civil partnerships in England & Wales between the Act coming into force in December 2005 and the end of 2010 was nearly 86,000.
Office for National Statistics | 8 Population Estimates by Marital Status, Mid-2010 | 29 November 2011 Estimates of the number of same-sex civil partners living in England & Wales have been produced using both surveys and administrative sources about the number of civil partnerships formed and dissolved each year. These estimates put the number of civil partners living in England & Wales between 63,000 and 102,000 people. Omitting civil partners from the population estimates by marital status is most likely to affect the population of those who have never married, because most civil partnerships are formed between couples who have never been married. More information on civil partnership statistics can be found on the ONS website.
An adjustment is made to the population by marital status to account for marriages abroad.
Information from the International Passenger Survey (IPS) is used to estimate the total number of England & Wales residents who travelled abroad to marry and the total number of overseas residents who travelled to England & Wales to marry. As for all survey based estimates, these estimates of marriages abroad, derived from the IPS are subject to sampling error. Nevertheless, research prior to the introduction of this method for accounting for marriages abroad indicated that it would improve the accuracy of the marital status estimates. This research can be found in the Population Trends report ‘Marriages Abroad: 2002-2007’. Detailed information on the methodology used to take account of marriages abroad can be found in the Population Estimates by Marital Status Methodology Paper on the ONS website.
Notes for Guidance on reliability in the context of likely uses
1. Families and Households 2010 tables
2. Population Trends report Marriages abroad: 2002-2007 (page 47) (1.81 Mb Pdf) Data and further information
• Mid-2010 Population Estimates by Marital Status Including Marriages Abroad (164.2 Kb ZIP)
• Mid-2010 Population Estimates by Marital Status Excluding Marriages Abroad (164.9 Kb ZIP)
Autumn/Winter 2012 - following Census-based total population estimates
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1. Mid-2010 population estimates by marital status for England & Wales.
2. There are four tables accompanying this release:
• population estimates by marital status, single year of age and sex for England & Wales for mid-2010 including marriages abroad (formatted),
• population estimates by marital status, single year of age and sex for England & Wales for mid-2010 excluding marriages abroad (formatted),
• population estimates by marital status, single year of age and sex for England & Wales for mid-2010 including marriages abroad (unformatted),
• population estimates by marital status, single year of age and sex for England & Wales for mid-2010 excluding marriages abroad (unformatted).
3. Population estimates by marital status for Scotland up to and including estimates for mid-2008 have been published by National Records of Scotland. Following user consultation on the Demography Statistical Work Programme, this publication is currently not being updated.
Demand for these estimates will be reviewed in 2013/14. Further information can be found at Marital Status Population Estimates Scotland on the GRO Scotland website.
4. Population estimates by marital status for Northern Ireland are not produced.
5. An Overview of Population Statistics.
6. This is the first release of mid-2010 population estimates by marital status for England & Wales.
No revisions of this dataset have been made. Any future revisions to these estimates will be made in line with the ONS revision policy for population statistics (54 Kb Pdf).
Information on past revisions to population estimates by marital status is available in the Quality and Methodology Information paper (201 Kb Pdf).
7. European countries included in the ‘International comparisons’ are those for which data from 2001 and 2010 were available on the Eurostat website at the time of writing namely; Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland.
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