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Singles to spark UK Scilly season?

February 13, 2007

192.com finds that love is in the air in the Scilly Isles, the UK's top marriage location - or would central Britain be best for singles?

Despite having a tiny population, the Scilly Isles are the UK's top location for marriages, with 61 people getting married in every 1,000, according to 192.com, the UK's most powerful people and business finder. In contrast, remote districts in Wales and the south Midlands had the fewest marriages, with only one person in every 1,000 in Machynlleth (Powys), Penllyn (Gwynedd), Kington (Herefordshire), Clun (Shropshire) and Warminster (Wiltshire) getting married.

Through cross-referencing its marriage records with electoral roll data, 192.com has calculated the UK's 'marriage index' - the best and worst places for tying the knot in the British Isles.

  • VERY LOW (1 person in every thousand): Machynlleth, Penllyn, Kington, Clun, Warminster and Ystradgynls
  • LOW (2 people married in every thousand): Hay, Bangor, Cardigan, Redbridge, Halifax, mid-Powys, Leominster, Ledbury, Launceston and Dwyfor
  • MEDIUM (10 people married in every thousand): Bromley, Rochdale, Bishops Stortford, Hounslow, Trafford, Ely, Petersfield, Falmouth, Chorley, Kettering
  • HIGH (20 people married in every thousand): Mansfield, Rushcliffe, Evesham, Durham, Bury St Edmonds, Kendal, Kensington and Chelsea, Ribble Valley, Chichester, Westminster, Cambridge
  • VERY HIGH: Brentwood (36), North Surrey (38), West Surrey (39), Chiltern (39), London City (55) and the Scilly Isles (61)

"With the top location for marriages more than sixty times that of the lowest, it is obvious that where you live does have an impact on your prospects," said Keith Marsden, managing director at 192.com. "In reality, however, people who live in the Scilly Isles are probably keen to marry and stay there. And while the population of London City is quite low, it's not too surprising that due to the high number of beautiful churches in the area, the marriage rate is the second highest in the country."

192.com found that in some cases, just a few miles make all the difference: Birkenhead has just nine marriages per thousand people, but South Cheshire has 26. 192.com was surprised to find that districts in Greater London ranked highly for marriages - despite the Archbishop of Canterbury's comments about people in London being disinclined to marry, people in the City of London (55/1000), Westminster (27/1000), Watford (24/1000) and Kensington and Chelsea (24/1000) seem keen to make 'honest men and women' out of each other.

Marsden continued: "Perhaps 192.com's research has just highlighted a pattern of love migration, with younger couples marrying in the cities before moving out to the suburbs."

"We're also encouraging people to look up lost loves this Valentines day using our people finder and mapping services. Hopefully we'll see some movement in the marriage figures in the years to come!" concluded Marsden.

To find the locations of the more obscure districts mentioned, or to look up a lost love, please visit www.192.com.

About 192.com

192.com is the de facto standard search engine for finding people, business and places in the UK. Established in 1997 by Alastair Crawford, founder of UK-Info Disk and Passado.com, the multi-award winning 192.com has over five million registered users accessing unequalled breath and depth of data.

192.com searches over 630 million records including free directory enquiries, local business listings, interactive mapping, aerial photography and property reports. Premium records include current and historical electoral rolls; the birth, deaths and marriages register; 1861 census data; and company and director reports.

192.com Business Services, the corporate arm of 192.com, delivers online identity verification and tracing solutions to over one million desktops across retail, gaming, finance and the public sector.

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