The International Day of Families, held annually on the 15th May, celebrates the importance of families (International Day of Families). In honour of this, we have collected 10 facts exploring the current picture for families in Warwickshire.
1) Warwickshire has a higher proportion of married residents (51.7%) compared to the West Midlands (47.6%) and England and Wales (46.6%) (figure 1).
2) There were 732 (0.2%) Warwickshire residents registered in a same-sex Civil Partnership in 2011, following the introduction of Civil Partnerships in 2005. This figure mirrors that of both the West Midlands and England and Wales where 0.2% of adult population were registered in a civil partnership in 2011.
3) In Warwickshire in 2011 the most popular household type for families with dependent children consisted of one family where the parents were either married or in a civil partnership (figure 2).
4) In comparison with the West Midlands, Warwickshire has a higher proportion of families without children, but a higher proportion of families with children when compared to England and Wales.
5) 6.1% of households in Warwickshire are lone parents with dependent children, a figure slightly below the national average of 7.2%.
6) The majority (67.4%) of Warwickshire lone parents are in employment either part or full-time.
7) Lone parent families tend to have fewer children when compared to all households with dependent children as the table below indicates (Table 1).
8) In 2013, 47.2% of births in Warwickshire were to unmarried parents, a figure slightly higher than the national average for England (46.8%).
9) In 2013 Nuneaton and Bedworth had the highest percentage of births outside of marriage (57.5%), and Warwick District had the smallest percentage of births outside of marriage (34.5%) (figure 3).
10) The most common age group for women who gave birth in 2013 was between 30-34 years of age, this trend features at both a national ( 109.8 rate per 1000 women) and regional (116.5 rate per 1000 women) level in Warwickshire, with Nuneaton and Bedworth having the highest rate of mothers aged 18 or below, and Warwick District having the highest rate of mothers aged 45 or over (figure 4).
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