NSO Survey on proportion of unmarried persons

The Social Statistic Division of National Statistical Office (NSO) recently released a report on proportion of Unmarried person in India.

Key Findings of the report

  • As per NSO report, percentage share of unmarried young people is increasing. This number is commonly increasing among men and women.
  • Percentage of youth (aged 15-29 years) who are never married witnessed an increase among male population by 26.1 percent in 2019, as compared to 20.8 percent in 2011.
  • In 2019, highest percentage of youth share who never married was witnessed across Jammu & Kashmir. It was followed by Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Punjab.
  • Lowest percentage share was witnessed across Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh.

What is the reason for this trend?

The NSO report does not highlight any reason for the increasing trend. However, according to government officials, it was highly due to “lifestyle and influence of celebrities”. In modern lifestyle, being unmarried or becoming single mother or father is a new trend. This trend is being followed when sex ratio of total population has increased to 1020 in the 5th National family Health Survey, as compared to 991 in 4th round of survey.

Declining youth population

According to NSO report, population of India had reached 1211 million in 2011. It is likely to reach 1363 million in 2021. Population in India was youngest worldwide, with 27.3 percent of the population accounted for people aged 15–29 years. However, the report notes that, during 201-2036 population pyramid of India will shift in terms of absolute numbers, because of decreasing fertility rate and increasing life-expectancy.

National Statistical Office (NSO)

National Statistical Office (NSO) is the merger of National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) and Central Statistical Office (CSO). NSSO and CSO were merged on May 23, 2019. Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) is the parent ministry of NSO.




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