Resort tops UK divorce table

A Generic photo of a couple going through a divorce.
A Generic photo of a couple going through a divorce.
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People who live near the seaside may be more prone to divorce, a new report suggests.

The divorce hot spots of England and Wales are all coastal areas, according to a new Office for National Statistics (ONS) report.

The local authority with the highest proportion of divorcees was Blackpool where 13.1% of the population were divorced, the latest census figures show.

In Hastings 12.8% of people were divorced while 12.2% of those in Torbay had been through a marriage breakdown.

Weymouth and Portland, Thanet, the Isle of Wight, Gosport, Eastbourne, Great Yarmouth and Worthing also made up the top 10 places with the highest proportions of divorced people.

“The top 10 were all in coastal areas, and mainly on the South coast of England apart from Blackpool and Great Yarmouth,” the report states.

“Higher levels of divorced population may relate to the affordability of housing and living costs in some of these areas resulting in divorced people with reduced economic assets living there.”