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Cohabiting couples increased over ten year period

The number of cohabiting couples across the UK increased by three per cent in the ten years to 2011, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has announced.

The percentage of all UK households centred around a couple living together rose from 14 to 17 per cent, while the percentage of households made up of married couples fell from 70 to 65 per cent over the same period.

A new report also highlights other elements of contemporary family life in Britain. These include the proportion of lone parent families (18 per cent of all households); the proportion of families with three more or dependent children (7 per cent); and the proportion of stepfamilies with dependent children (11 per cent).

The full ONS report is entitled 2011 Census Analysis: How do Living Arrangements, Family Type and Family Size Vary in England and Wales? and available here.

Photo by Aaron Loessberg-Zahl via Flickr

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