March 22, 2017 6:34 am
Who are conducting the weddings in Australia? Here are some interesting numbers from the Bureau of Statistics:
In 2015, there were 113,595 marriages registered in Australia, a decrease of 7,602 (-6.3%) from the 121,197 marriages registered in 2014. The crude marriage rate decreased from 5.2 to 4.8 marriages per 1,000 estimated resident population.
The median age of males and females at marriage was 31.8 and 29.8 years respectively in 2015. The median age at marriage for males has increased by 0.3 years since 2014 and the median age at marriage for females has increased by 0.2 years since over the same period.
The proportion of marriage ceremonies performed by civil celebrants has continued to increase in 2015, with civil celebrants performing 74.9% of all registered marriage ceremonies, an increase from 74.1% in 2014.
Couples who lived together prior to marriage accounted for 81.0% of all marriages registered in 2015, an increase from the 79.4% recorded in 2014.
Marriages where both partners were marrying for the first time accounted for 71.9% of all marriage in 2015. The number of marriages where one partner was marrying for the first time increased by 0.3 percentage points to 16.3% in 2015, while the proportion of remarriages for both partners increased from 11.5% in 2014 to 11.7% in 2015.
In 2015, 54.2% of couples married were both born in Australia, 31.9% were born in different countries, and 13.9% were born in the same overseas country.
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