Singapore witnessed a heartening surge in the number of marriages in 2022, reaching an all-time high of 29,389, according to the recently released “Statistics on Marriages and Divorces, 2022” publication by the Singapore Department of Statistics (DOS).
This marked a significant increase of 3.7 per cent compared to the 28,329 marriages registered in 2021.
In the past five years, the annual average number of marriages registered (26,562) was slightly lower than the preceding five-year period between 2013 and 2017 (27,833). The dip in 2020 was partially attributed to the disruptive impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on marriage plans for some individuals.
- The year 2022 witnessed an unparalleled surge in love as Singapore recorded the highest number of total marriages registered since data compilation began in 1961. A momentous milestone that surpassed the previous record set in 2014 with 28,407 marriage registrations, the nation celebrated a remarkable testament to enduring affection and commitment.
- Marking a defining moment in the nation’s romantic landscape, the general marriage rate, a key indicator of matrimonial trends, soared to unprecedented heights in 2022. This rate, representing the number of marriages registered among residents aged 15-49 years per thousand unmarried residents within the same age group, underscored the overwhelming embrace of marriage within the younger demographics.
Encouragingly, both males and females contributed to the rise in the general marriage rates in 2022. There were 47.0 marriages per thousand unmarried males aged 15-49 years, an increase from 43.8 in 2012.
Similarly, there were 45.5 marriages per thousand unmarried females aged 15-49 years, up from 39.4 a decade ago. These figures marked the highest general marriage rates in the past two decades, trailing only the peaks recorded in 2002.
The median age at first marriage also witnessed an upward trend.
In 2022, grooms had a median age of 30.7 years at their first marriage, while brides had a median age of 29.3 years. This depicted the prevalent trend of later marriages compared to a decade ago when the median age for grooms was 30.1 years and for brides was 28.0 years.
Alongside the rise in marriage numbers, the DOS report also highlighted a decline in the number of marital dissolutions.
In 2022, a total of 7,107 marriages ended in divorce or annulment, representing a significant 9.9 per cent decrease from the previous year’s 7,890 dissolutions. This trend has been consistent over the last five years, with an annual average of 7,385 marital dissolutions, lower than the average of 7,509 in the preceding five-year period.
Corresponding with the decrease in marital dissolutions, the general divorce rates for both males and females showed a decline in 2022. There were 6.2 marital dissolutions for every thousand married males aged 20 years and over, down from 7.1 in 2012. Likewise, there were 5.9 marital dissolutions for every thousand married females aged 20 years and over, a decrease from 6.7 a decade ago.
The median age at divorce also increased over the last ten years, with male divorcees’ median age rising from 41.6 years in 2012 to 44.4 years in 2022, and female divorcees’ median age increasing from 38.0 years to 40.5 years.
Another positive finding in the report was the decline in dissolution rates before the 10th marriage anniversary among more recent resident marriage cohorts after 2005. The cumulative proportion of marriages dissolving before the 10th anniversary decreased from 17.0 per cent for the 2005 cohort to 14.5 per cent for the 2011 cohort.
Overall, these statistics reflect a notable trend towards earlier marriages and a commitment to marital stability in Singapore. The full report and accompanying materials are available on the SingStat Website at www.singstat.gov.sg, offering comprehensive insights into the changing landscape of marriages and divorces in the nation.
As Singaporeans celebrate the joys of love and commitment, the record number of marriages in 2022 brings hope for a promising future.
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