According to Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC) over 40% of people living in rural places prefer to stay single. This data was released here on Friday.
The data said 41.64 percent people have never married and stayed single in rural areas. Nagaland, Meghalaya and Jammu and Kashmir led the tally for being home to such people.
Nagaland has the maximum 55.88 percent people preferring not to marry followed by Meghalaya and Jammu and Kashmir with 53.33 and 51.64 percent respectively, the data said.
The SECC data said Daman and Diu was home to the largest number of married people with 52.73 percent followed by Andaman and Nicobar and Kerala with 49.35 and 47.86 percent respectively.
Mizoram (1.08 percent), Lakshadweep (0.51) and Meghalaya (0.35) were the states having the maximum number of divorced people, it said.