Valentine's Day is coming up, and couples are celebrating their love for each other. Many of those couples, however, may not be overly eager to tie the knot: Americans aren't getting married at young ages as often as they used to. We looked at data from the US Census Bureau's Current Population Survey, a survey of US households that investigates various economic and social aspects of people's lives. Read more: Here's how much male and female American workers earn at every age.
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What Is the Average Age of Marriage In the U.S.?
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.
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But U. Census figures indicates that, back in , those numbers were 21 and 23, respectively. Alabamans seem to be itching to tie the knot a bit earlier than the national average, with While Alaskan women are a little ahead of the national trend, marrying at a median age of 26, the men of the Last Frontier are hovering right around the national average, clocking in at an average of 29 years old for their first marriage. Both women and men in Arkansas tend to marry a couple years earlier than the national average—at
Deciding when the time is right to get married has an emotional element, but there's also a financial side to consider. Merging your finances with your significant other requires some planning when it comes to things like setting up a household budget , saving for the short- and long-term, buying a home, and paying down individual or joint debts. Age can also play a part in the decision-making process. Whether getting married earlier makes sense versus waiting until later depends on your financial goals and overall money situation.