Number of single people in South Tyneside has increased in the past decade as marriage rates fall

More than a third of people in South Tyneside were single as the number of marriage and civil partnerships dropped in the past decade, new census figures show.

More than a third of people in South Tyneside were single as the number of marriage and civil partnerships dropped in the past decade, new census figures show.

The area follows trends across England and Wales, where the rate of single people has increased since the last census in 2011.

The number of people considered single – never having been in a civil partnership or marriage – in South Tyneside when the census took place last year was 46,075, up from 41841 in 2011.

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    Of those aged 16 and older in South Tyneside, 38% were single – an increase on 34.2% in 2011.

    The picture was similar across England and Wales last year, where 37.9% of people 16 and older were single, up from 34.6% in 2011.

    And 41.6% of people in South Tyneside were married or in a civil partnership last year​ –​ down from 43.9% 10 years prior.

    Data from the census shows 49,940 people were in opposite sex marriages last year, down from 53,528 in 2011.

    An additional 270 were in same sex marriages in South Tyneside last year – they were illegal in 2011.

    The figures also show 111 people were in same sex civil partnerships last year and 77 were in opposite sex civil partnerships. There were 163 people in civil partnerships 10 years prior, which were only allowed for same sex couples at the time.

    There were 12,511 divorced people and 27 people with a dissolved civil partnership in South Tyneside last year, making up 10.3% of people aged 16 and over.

    John Wroth-Smith, Census deputy director, said: "When looking a bit deeper, we can see that the proportion of people in a marriage or civil partnership has declined, which follows the long-term trend of declining marriages."

    "Conversely, the number of people who were never married or in a civil partnership has increased by almost 3 million," Mr Wroth-Smith added.

    Nationally, 21.7 million people were married or in a civil partnership – making up 45% of those aged 16 and older. And 9.1% of the population were divorced or no longer in a civil partnership, up slightly from 9% a decade prior.