Record number of marriages registered in Singapore in 2014

Record number of marriages registered in Singapore in 2014
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A record 28,407 couples tied the knot last year, according to the latest key statistics released by the Department of Statistics on Wednesday.

This was 8.2 per cent higher than the 26,254 marriages registered in 2013. Last year's total number of marriages is also the highest ever in the past 24 years and is likely a result of Singapore's growing population.

Many couples are also choosing to marry later in life.

"For the younger age groups below 30 years, the marriage rates in 2014 were lower compared to a decade ago, while the opposite trend was observed for those aged 30 years and over.

"The delay in marrying was also reflected in the shift of the peak age group for females marrying from 25-29 years in 2004 to 30-34 years in 2014.

"For males, the peak age group for marrying remained at 30-34 years over the same period," said the Department of Statistics in its report.

The median age at first marriage went up from 29.4 years in 2004 to 30.2 years in 2014 for grooms, and from 26.7 years to 28.2 years for brides.

Consequently, the difference in median age at first marriage between grooms and brides had narrowed in the last decade. Majority of first marriages involved grooms older than brides.

Among the couples who married last year, 37.2 per cent of grooms were either of the same age as brides or aged one year apart.

Inter-ethnic marriages are becoming more common over the years and constituted 20.4 per cent of total marriages in 2014, according to the Department of Statistics. This is up from 13.1 per cent 10 years ago and the proportion of inter-ethnic marriages continued to be higher among Muslim marriages than among civil marriages.

The report also showed that remarriages were more prevalent among Muslim marriages, although the number has declined from 35.6 per cent in 2004 to 28.2 per cent in 2014.

Remarriages were more common among grooms than brides with 17 per cent remarrying last year, and 14.7 per cent brides remarrying in 2014.

Separately, marital dissolutions, including divorces and annulments, totalled 7,307 in 2014. This was 2.9 per cent lower from the previous year.

The median age at divorce also rose in the last ten years, from 39 years to 42.6 years for male divorcees, and 35.3 to 38.4 years for female divorcees.

klim@sph.com.sg

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