With men and women increasingly delaying tying the knot these days, marriage among those in their early 20s is less common. In contrast, the share among college grads of the same age declined from The pattern is similar when we look at the share of ever-married adults at age 25, a conventional age when the measure of educational achievement is more stable. In , only Again, the decline is more dramatic among adults without a college degree.
It's no secret that millennials are approaching marriage differently , causing the divorce rate to decline significantly in recent years. But when examining the age of people who are getting married, the numbers are surprising. Census Bureau to see men and women's average age when they first wed in every state. We found that the average age around the US that people get married hovers between 25 and 30 years old. Additionally, in almost every state men get married slightly later in life than women. However, Alabama is one of the states with the most divorces.
Back in , a British woman could reasonably expect to be married before her 25th birthday, most likely to a man not much older: The average age of nuptials for a single woman was But marriage is no longer the province of twentysomethings in Western countries. The average age for single men to marry passed 30 in For women, it was The data to , the most recent available, were released in March
There has been a change in the median age at first marriage for both men and women in the United States, and the amount of change appears to be getting larger. In , the median age at first marriage was almost 30 for men and almost 28 for women. While historically women married at an age that was three years younger than men, that gap has been slowly but steadily decreasing.