CENSUS SET TO CONFIRM LONDON AS UK'S SINGLETON CENTRE
Embargoed Monday 10th January 2010
London looks set confirm its status this year  as one of the most ‘single’ places in the country, as the government prepares to conduct a fresh survey of the population.
The prediction comes from Butterflysocial.co.uk, the website focused on bringing like-minded single people together.
Confirmation is likely to emerge from the Census 2011, which is being conducted in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on March 27 2011.
The most recent Census survey, conducted in 2001, showed that 12 of the 13 towns, cities or London boroughs with the highest single populations were in London. The London Borough of Lambeth topped the list, with 44.93% of citizens classed as single and not living in a couple. Of the same population, only 25.97% of citizens were married and living in a couple. By contrast, Poole – one of the larger centres with a high married population – boasted a 54.64% marriage rate; 18.72% of citizens were single and not living in a couple.
Aberystwyth in Wales makes it into second place, while the London Boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Islington, Camden, Wandsworth, Westminster, Hackney, City of London, Haringey, Kensington and Chelsea, Southwark and Tower Hamlets make up a further eleven of the top 13 ‘single’ entries.
Official government analysis of social trends, released in 2009*, forecast that between 2007 and 2031 the proportion of people not living with a partner would increase among all working age groups, most notably among adults in the 30-64 years age groups. Data released in the same report confirm that between 2001 and 2009 one person households were growing in number.
Butterflysocial.co.uk believes that this year’s survey will show no slow down in the popularity of London as a place for young, single people to converge, despite the tough economic times.
Jenni Regan, Butterflysocial.co.uk’s founder, said: “All the signs are pointing to a trend for people to remain single for longer and it’s quite natural that London should top the list of the most ‘single’ places in the UK. While these may be tough economic times and jobs can be harder to come by, London is such a vibrant place. Despite its size, you are never far away from people who you can relate to or share your spare time with.”
The Office for National Statistics is responsible for the survey in England and Wales, while the agency’s Scottish and Northern Irish counterparts are responsible for their own Census surveys in those nations.
* Social Trends, Office for National Statistics -http://www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme_social/Social-T...
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