More than a third of adults in Sunderland are single

More than a third of people in Sunderland are single after the number of marriages and civil partnerships dropped in the past decade, new census figures show.

More 'singles' in Sunderland.
More 'singles' in Sunderland.

This follows a national trend - with the rate of single people increasing since the last census in 2011.

The number of people considered single – never having been in a civil partnership or marriage – in the city when the census took place last year was 87,451, up from 80195 in 2011.

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Of those aged 16 and older in Sunderland, 38.7% were single – up from 35.3% in 2011.

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

The census data shows 42.6% of people in Sunderland were married or in a civil partnership last year – down from 45.2% 10 years prior.

It also shows 95,634 people were in opposite sex marriages - down from 102,531 in 2011 and 467 were in same sex marriages.

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There were also 20,366 divorced people and 38 people with a dissolved civil partnership in Sunderland.

John Wroth-Smith, census deputy director, said: "We can see that the proportion of people in a marriage or civil partnership has declined, which follows the long-term trend and the number of people who were never married or in a civil partnership has increased.”

Nationally, 21.7 million people were married or in a civil partnership and 9.1% of the population were divorced or no longer in a civil partnership.