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Couples without children

Couples without children have greatest percentage increase

The number of 'couple without children' families has increased 9.2 percent since 2006. This type of family had the greatest percentage increase of all three family types.

At the time of the 2013 Census there were 465,306 couples without children, up from 425,973 in 2006.

Couples without children are mostly in two age ranges

People in 'couple without children' families tended to fall into two age ranges: those in their mid-to-late 20s or early 30s, and to a greater extent, those in their 50s, 60s, and 70s. This reflects the two groups making up these couples – younger couples who have not had children (though many will in the future), and older couples who may have had children, but no longer have children living with them.

Graph, Age group of people in couple without children families, 2013 Census.

Same-sex couples made up 6,852 of the 465,306 couple without children families. Of these same-sex couples, 3,486 were female couples and 3,366 were male couples.

 

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