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Registered Marital Status (MSTP, IFMSTP)
2 Marital status imputed imputed
@ Not applicable
More information about imputation can be found in the 2016 Census Dictionary.
A question on Marital Status has been asked in every Census since 1911. No changes were made for 2016.
Using the Imputation Flag for Registered Marital Status, the non-response rate for this variable in 2016 was 6.8% (5.2% in 2011). For more information, refer to Understanding Census data quality.
Data usage notes
The Registered Marital Status variable provides data about a person's own current registered marital status, regardless of their reported relationship to another person in their household. The majority of imputed registered marital status are attributed to persons in occupied dwellings on Census Night that did not return a form. A smaller proportion were due to persons who returned a partially completed form without responding to the marital status question.
A definition of Registered Marital Status is available in the 2016 Census Dictionary.
A definition of Imputation Flag for Marital Status is available in the 2016 Census Dictionary.
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Question 6 as it appeared on the 2016 Census Household Paper Form:
A text only version of the online Census Household form is available from the Downloads tab.
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