Almost half the people in the Dubbo Local Government Area are a part of a registered marriage or de facto marriage according to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
In the latest census 19, 237 people registered themselves as married. In the same census 34.6 per cent of people said they were never married, 6.3 per cent of people said they were widowed and 12.8 per cent of people said they were divorced or separated.
Dubbo has a higher rate of married people than other areas in the region with 46.3 per cent of people in Orange saying they were in a registered or de facto marriage and 31.12 per cent of people in Bathurst stating they are married.
The ABS has also recently released data about marriages in Australia during 2018. This was the first year that same-sex couples could legally marry. There was 5.5 per cent more marriages during 2018 than the previous year. Interestingly, 5.5 per cent of the marriages were same-sex couples.
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The average age for marriage was 32.4 years for men and 30.5 years for women. Of that, 79 per cent of men and 81 per cent of women were getting married for the first time and four out of five marriages were performed by a civil celebrant, according to the ABS.
In divorces, more than the population of Dubbo decided to end their relationship. 49,404 people went through a divorce, similar to 2017.
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The median age for divorce was 45.9 years of age for men and 43.2 years old for women.
The median duration of the marriage was 12.3 per cent. Almost half, 47.3 per cent, of these divorces, involved children.
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