What Is the Average Age for Marriage

I love big data.

Despite the media panic about the death of marriage, people are still getting married like nobody’s business. Statistics-based website, 538, plots out when people get married on a chart.

What do we see?

As of 2013, 4.6 percent of women and 4.3 percent of men 70 and older had never been married. Which is to say that over 95% of people HAVE been married.

At 35, 60% of men and women are married. For men, that number keeps going up. At 70, 74.5% of men are married. But for women, the pattern is different.

Take your love life seriously at a younger age instead of getting started when over 60% of the marriage-minded people are already off the market.

At age 48, 62.3 percent of women were wedded, and it goes down from there, likely due to a combination of divorce and death, not to mention because women tend to marry at a younger age, marry older men and live longer.

The median age that Americans got divorced from their first spouses is 32.0 years for men, 30.1 years for women, and got married for the second time is 35.8 years for men, 33.3 years for women.

Moral of the story, as always:

Don’t give up on marriage. It’s far from a dying institution.

Take your love life seriously at a younger age instead of getting started when over 60% of the marriage-minded people are already off the market.

It is, in fact, more difficult for older women to find good men, because 75% of men are married at age 70. Scarcity, indeed.

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