Age at First Marriage Hits Record High

Monday, January 18, 2010

Americans are waiting longer than ever to try matrimony for the first time. Statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau show the medina age of men who have their first wedding is now 28.1 years old, and for women it’s 25.9. In both cases, the age is the highest it’s ever been since the federal government first began keeping track of the rate in 1890.

The youngest median age came in 1956, when men’s age at first marriage was 22.5 and women’s was 20.1.
People in other industrialized nations also are waiting longer to tie the knot: Brazil (28 for men, 26 for women); Canada (34.3 for men, 31.7 for women); France (31.2 for men, 29.1 for women); Germany (32.6 for men, 29.6 for women); Japan (30 for men, 27.3 for women); Russia (29 for men, 27.5 for women); and United Kingdom (30.7 for men, 28.5 for women).
-Noel Brinkerhoff


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