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According to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), marriage rates have decreased by 11.2 percent in October 2017, compared to figures from the same months in the previous year.

Marriage contracts scored around 98,800 in September 2016 and 85,400 in October 2016, both reduced to 75,800 contacts in October 2017. 

Divorce rates have also been on the decline during 2017, dropping by 4.7 percent for the second year in a row, as CAPMAS reported.

Cases in 2017 decreased from 19,000 divorces to 18,100.

According to the Deputy Minister for Population Affairs Maysa Shawky, divorce rates change between cities and villages. While cities witnessed a 60.7 percent rate of divorce in 2017, villages recorded 39.3 percent.

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Marriage rates have been shrinking since 2015 as opposed to their slight rise since 2011. Egypt saw around 2.7 percent increase in marriages in 2012 from 2011 and 2.2 percent more divorces during the same period. 

The drop in rates can be attributed to the country's current economic instability and the recent hike in consumer prices.

According to CAPMAS in 2016, 26.8 percent of the population lives below the poverty line with an income of LE 5,787 ($327.12) annually and LE 482 ($27.25) monthly.