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Our lives:
More than four in 10 people over the age of 16 in the UK are married, while another three in 10 described themselves as single or never married.

Another 8% of people are divorced, while just over 8% are widowed and 7% have re-married.

THE KEY FACTS
Doubling in co-habiting since 1991
Most singles in London
Half of lone-parents work
30% of homes have children

By far the highest proportion of single people - 50.1% - can be found in inner London.

About 60% of the population live as a couple - just over 50% of these are married or re-married, while almost another 10% are cohabiting.

Of the four countries, England has the highest proportion of non-married cohabitees - 9.9%, while Northern Ireland's figure is significantly lower, at just 4.26%.

Northern Ireland also has the smallest number of divorcees - 4.1% - while Wales has the highest - 8.7%.

Almost one in three homes have children. Newham in London has the highest proportion of children under five-years-old just over 17%. The social fabric of families is changing. Some 11% of non-married couples have children and just over a fifth of households are lone-parents, the census found.

National comparisons
NATION % COHABITING % DIVORCED
England 9.9% 8.21%
Scotland 8.15% 8.68%
Wales 8.77% 7.02%
Northern Ireland 4.26% 4.12%

Source: Census 2001

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