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3310.0 - Marriages and Divorces, Australia, 2011  
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The majority of couples registering their marriage in 2011 cohabited prior marriage (78.2%). While the proportion of couples cohabiting prior to marriage decreased from 2010 to 2011, the number of couples cohabiting prior to marriage increased by 34.

1.11 Proportion of cohabitation prior to marriage, Australia - 2007-2011
Graph: 1.11 Proportion of cohabitation prior to marriage, Australia—2007–2011

Couples who cohabited prior to marriage tended to be slightly younger than those who had not lived together prior to marriage. In 2011, the median age of males who lived with their wife before marriage was 29.9 years, compared with 31.4 years for all males who married in 2011. Similarly, the median age of females who lived with their husbands before marriage was 28.2 years, compared with 29.3 years for all females who married in 2011.

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