Daily Mail - - sandra Parsons -

THERE are more wid­ows than wives among women over 65 in London, the re­port found.

And the cap­i­tal has nearly dou­ble the num­ber of men and women who have never mar­ried than any other part of the coun­try.

The ONS said the high num­bers of sin­gle el­derly peo­ple are partly a re­sult of high lev­els of mi­gra­tion out of London by cou­ples, both the re­tired and those who are still bring­ing up fam­i­lies. But the fig­ures also ap­pear to re­flect the grow­ing in­sta­bil­ity of cou­ples and the in­creas­ing num­ber of women who sac­ri­fice mar­riage and fam­ily for ca­reers.

The break­down showed that only 37 per cent of women over 65 in London are mar­ried, while 42 per cent are wid­owed. Nowhere else in Eng­land are wives out­num­bered by wid­ows.

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