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Milton Keynes has one of the highest levels of separation in England and Wales

Census data released by the Office for National Statistics shows that Milton Keynes one of the highest proportions of separated people in England and Wales.  Separated is this context means living apart, yet still legally married or in a civil partnership. There are currently 6,562 separated individuals in Milton Keynes, out of a total population of 193,429, representing a proportion of 3.4%. Out of the 380 local authorities in England & Wales, this places Milton Keynes with the 12th highest rate of married couples living apart and not divorced.

Local AuthoritySeparated %
Barking and Dagenham4.13%
Waltham Forest3.73%
Inner London3.53%
Milton Keynes3.39%

The total number of people who are separated in England & Wales is 1.1m out of a total population of 45.5m, giving an overall proportion of 2.51%.

We could speculate that easy commuter access to London combined with relatively affordable house prices, make Milton Keynes an attractive location for people moving to a new property after separating from their spouses.

At the other end of the scale, our neighbours Cambridge and Oxford have some of the lowest proportions of people living separately. Here is a table of the lowest proportions in the country.

Local AuthoritySeparated %
Isles of Scilly UA1.72%
South Lakeland1.78%
Bath and North East Somerset UA1.82%
East Dorset1.84%
Wokingham UA1.87%
South Staffordshire1.94%
South Bucks1.97%

All data extracted from 2011 Census, Key Statistics and Quick Statistics for local authorities in the United Kingdom released 11 October 2013.

Rates of Separation in Milton Keynes

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