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Release: 2011 Census Analysis, How Have Living Arrangements and Marital Status in England and Wales Changed Since 2001?

Released: 27 March 2014


Chris W Smith

Census Analysis Unit, Population Statistics Division

Telephone: +44 (0) 1329 444683

Categories: Population, Families, Marriages, Cohabitations, Civil Partnerships and Divorces

Frequency of release: Ad-hoc

Language: English

Geographical coverage: England and Wales

Geographical breakdown: Country, Local Authority, Region, UK

Survey name(s): Census

2011 Census statistics provide a rich source of information about the number, distribution and characteristics of the population in England and Wales. 2011 Census Analysis products present specific analyses on a variety of topics, including ethnicity, families, health, labour market, language, migration, and national identity, and religion. In particular, many of the analyses focus on geographical variations, changes over time, and how the census differs to other data sources.

This story analyses 2011 Census data on marital status (legal partnership status including marriage and civil partnership) for adults (aged 16 and over) usually resident in England and Wales, noting key changes since 2001. 

Living arrangements of those resident in households are also analysed as an alternative to legal partnership status, including those cohabiting who are not in a legal partnership (living arrangements for those living in communal establishments are not recorded). Analyses are summarised at national and local authority levels. Comparisons are made with Scotland, Northern Ireland and other developed countries.

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