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The rate of fall in China’s marriage rate in 2018 is the lowest for five years. This reveals a glaring disinterest among the young to get married. These stats are a cause of worry and a warning to the Government as China wrestles with an aging and declining population. “The marriage rate dropped from 9.9 per 1,000 people in 2013 to a five-year low of 7.2 per 1,000 people in 2018. An official news agency quoted data from the national bureau of statistics (NBS) and the ministry of civil affairs (MCA) as saying. “The figures differ in different regions.
According to reports, the much-developed regions have reduced rates of marriage.” The data revealed China’s financial capital, Shanghai, and Zhejiang province saw the lowest marriage rates, at 0.44 percent and 0.59 percent, respectively.
Experts said increasing living costs, the growing cost for children’s education and high housing prices are among the reasons adding to the fallen rate. On the contrary, the Chinese government’s judgment to loosen the one-child policy hasn’t assisted the birth rate to increase. Another point is that the younger generation is growing cautious about finances for the future.
This shocking yet absurd statistics is also closely related to the changing demographic structure said Shi Zhilei, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law. “Not meeting the right people” was noted as the major reason why youth prefers to stay single. 29.5 percent of the 33,330 respondents chose this reason.
Other reasons are “incapability to share the family burden”, “enjoying single life”, “living an unsteady life”.“too much work pressure” and “pursuing academic development” are the lesser contributing reasons to this. According to MCA statistics, Citizens between the ages of 20 and 24 had the maximum record of marriage registrations before 2012.
People between the ages of 25 and 29 became the aid in 2017, accounting for 36.9 percent of all registered couples. “The attitude toward marriage and birth is different among those born in the 1980s or 1990s, with more seeking to marry late or not to marry,”
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