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Number of cohabiting families continues to rise

Trend revealed in latest ONS Bulletin

  • There are now 2.9 million families in the UK where opposite sex couples are unmarried. This is an increase of 700,000 when compared with 2003 and makes it the fastest growing family type. 1.2 million of these families have dependent children.

    This trend is revealed in the latest Families and Households Bulletin published by the Office for National Statistics. The Bulletin also identifies that there are now 13,000 civil partner and same sex cohabiting families with dependent children, 8.5% of the total number of such families. 

    There was also a rise in the number of married couple families between 2003 and 2013, increasing by 56,000 to 12.3 million but this rise is not 'statistically significant'.

    More can be read on the ONS website here.

Published: 31/10/2013


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