Coastal areas 'divorce hotspots'


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People who live near the seaside may be more prone to divorce, a new report suggests.

The divorce hot spots of England and Wales are all coastal areas, according to a new Office for National Statistics (ONS) report.

The local authority with the highest proportion of divorcees was Blackpool where 13.1% of the population were divorced, the latest census figures show.

In Hastings 12.8% of people were divorced while 12.2% of those in Torbay had been through a marriage breakdown.

Weymouth and Portland, Thanet, the Isle of Wight, Gosport, Eastbourne, Great Yarmouth and Worthing also made up the top 10 places with the highest proportions of divorced people.

"The top 10 were all in coastal areas, and mainly on the South coast of England apart from Blackpool and Great Yarmouth," the report states.

"Higher levels of divorced population may relate to the affordability of housing and living costs in some of these areas resulting in divorced people with reduced economic assets living there."

The figures also suggest that the number of singletons is on the rise.

Over the last decade the number of single people in England and Wales has increased from 12.5 million to 15.7 million, with singletons now accounting for 35% of the population.

When broken down by local authority, London had eight of the 10 areas which are home to the highest proportions of single people.

Islington had the highest number of single people, with 60% of its population saying that they had never been married or been in a civil partnership.

"These high proportions reflect the younger age structure of London compared to other regions," the ONS said.

The census figures show that nearly half of the adult population were married or in a civil partnership.

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