Friday, October 3, 2008

Marriage in Australia

2007 saw the highest number of marriages registered in a single year since 1990. The crude marriage rate (marriages per 1000 population) has however, decreased in the last 20 years from 7.1 in 1988 to 5.5 in 2007.

People are getting married at an older age, with the median age for first time marriage being 29.6 for males and 27.6 for females. This is in comparison to 26.1 years and 24.0 years back in 1989.

Civil celebrants were the preferred officiators throughout 2007, with 63% of couples choosing this service over marriages conducted by a Religious Minister.

Couples who lived together prior to marriage grew to 76.8%, and March was the most popular month to marry. To find out more, see Marriages, Australia 2007 (cat. no. 3306.0.55.001).

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