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Love is in the air in Chiltern
RESIDENTS of the Chiltern district are among the most happily married in the country, according to a new survey.
The loved-up area of Bucks has the second highest ratio of married people to divorcees, and the second highest number of residents who've tied the knot.
Research carried out by estate agents William H Brown in time for Valentine's Day shows 58.5 per cent of Chiltern residents are married and 9.3 per cent are divorced - meaning there are 6.3 happily married people for every one who's divorced.
That proportion is the second highest in the country, behind Harrow. The figures also show that only East Dorset can beat Chiltern when it comes to saying "I do", with 59.4 per cent of residents being married in the south coast district.
Love is also in the air in the neighbouring South Bucks district area, where there are 5.8 married people to one divorcee - placing it fifth in the table.
The results of the poll, which was put together by looking at data from the most recent census, came as a surprise to David Plumtree, Chief Executive of William H Brown.
He said: “London’s north west Borough of Harrow is the surprise top married hot spot in the country. This densely populated suburb with a diverse ethnic mix and its famous public school has knocked stereotypical commuter strongholds off the perch.
"Buckinghamshire’s Chiltern district and Wokingham in Berkshire, where one would imagine marital bliss is prevalent, in fact come respectively second and third in our ‘Happy Couples’ index."
The survey showed that seven of the ten areas with the lowest number of married people are London boroughs, while Hastings has the highest number of divorcees.
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