Posted on: 31 March 2023

Using the latest census data, we have mapped marriage and civil partnership data in England and Wales.

The 2021 census found that the number of people who have never married has increased from 26.3% in 1991 to 37.9%. The percentage of adult population who are married or in a civil partnership has fallen to 46.9%.

After standardising for age, the increase in never married adults is seen across all local authorities, religious and ethnic groups.

The three local authorities with the highest percentage of the adult population being married was Harrow (54.8%), Wokingham (53.9%) and Hart (53.2%). Seven out of the ten local authorities with the lowest rates of marriage or civil partnerships were all in London.

Norwich has the highest proportion of divorced adults at 12.8%, whilst Hackney has the highest proportion of people who are separated, but still legally married or still legally in a civil partnership (3.5%).