This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.
Number of women aged 20 to 24 who have been married by age 17 or by age 18
Number of women aged 20 to 24 (per 1,000 women) who have ever been married by their 17th birthday and by their 18th birthday.
England and Wales
|Unit of measurement
Rate per 1,000 women
The estimated number of women who had ever married by a certain age are based on women born in given years. For example, for every 1,000 women born between 1976 and 1980, 1.4 will have married by their 17th birthday and 4.9 for every 1,000 will have married by their 18th birthday.
Marriages to residents of England and Wales that take place outside of England and Wales are not included. Marriages that take place in England and Wales to non-residents are included.
Estimates are based on the population estimates by marital status, specifically the population who are 'never married or civil partnered'. Migrants will be included within these population estimates. Estimates try to indicate behaviour by exact age 18 and by exact age 17 and do not take into account; death, divorce or migration which could occur by age 24.
For 2014 marriage statistics onwards, ever married will include people entering into a marriage with either an opposite sex or a same sex partner. Same sex couples converting their civil partnership into a marriage will be included with ever married because previous marital status is unknown; therefore within this table we are assuming a previous marital status (before civil partnership) of never married or civil partnered.
From 27 February 2023, the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Act 2022 came into effect. This act raised the age of marriage and civil partnership to 18 in England and Wales. This means that people aged 16 to 17 years are no longer able to marry or enter a civil partnership under any circumstances, including with parental or judicial consent from this date.
This indicator is being used as an approximation of the UN SDG Indicator. Where possible, we will work to identify or develop UK data to meet the global indicator specification. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.
|Data last updated
|06 June 2023
|Metadata last updated
|14 June 2023