This Is the Age Most People Get Married in Every U.S. State
From sea to shining sea, women tie the knot at a younger age than men.
It’s well-known that those of younger generations get married later than their elders did. For instance, researchers with the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) found that, today, the national average for the age at which women first say “I do” is 27.6, while across the country, men seem to marry at the median age of 29.5. But U.S. Census figures indicates that, back in 1968, those numbers were 21 and 23, respectively.
But the country isn’t exactly a cohesive unit in following this trend. In Utah, for instance, couples tend to tie the knot barely a few years after graduation, while, up in New York, you’ll regularly see folks wait until they’re in their 30s to take the plunge. Based on the PRB’s findings (which listed the median age at first marriage for both women and men, relying on data collected from 2012 to 2016), we’ve pinpointed the average marriage age for every U.S. state.
So put on your favorite wedding jam—we recommend “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You,” by the King (who else?)—and prepare to find out how your state lines up with national trends. And for stories of some heartwarming real-life romance, don’t miss 20 Marriage Proposals That Will Make You Believe in True Love.
Alabamans seem to be itching to tie the knot a bit earlier than the national average, with 26.3 as the standard marriage age for Alabaman ladies and 27.9 for the state’s gents.
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.
Despite the region’s propensity for heat waves, Arizonans seem to be keeping their cool and reflecting the average trend, with women getting hitched at 27.4 years old and men at 29.4.
Maybe the residents of the Natural State can just feel it in their bones when it’s meant to be. Both women and men in Arkansas tend to marry a couple years earlier than the national average—at 25.4 and 27.2 years old, respectively.
The Golden State’s men and women are a little older than average—28.3 for women and 30.3 for men—when they decide to roll the credits on their single lives.
With women walking down the aisle at an average of 26.9 years old and men marrying at 28.9, Coloradans are slightly above the national medians—but really, who can blame them for wanting to get a jumpstart on roaming the Rockies with their lifelong companion by their side?
Connecticut’s citizens tend to wait a little longer than average before taking the plunge—women marry at an average of 29.1 and men at 30.7.
Delaware is another state where the residents seem to try not to commit too quickly. Women wed at an average age of 28.4, while men typically say their vows at 30.2 years old.
The residents of the Sunshine State seem to want to soak up their sunny single days for as long as they can. Floridian women marry at a median age of 28.3, and men at a median age of 30.3.
Everything’s just peachy in Georgia, including their median marriage age, which is right on par with the national trends. Women tend to tie the knot at 27.2 years old, while men marry at 29 years old.
While the average age at first marriage for the women of the Island State is almost spot on the national average at 27.5 years old, the men say “aloha” to the prospect of marrying at an age slightly earlier than average—28.6 years old, to be precise.
While 24.9 for women and 26.7 for men might seem like fairly early ages for tying the knot, at least compared to the median ages of the other states, there’s one other locale that exhibits slightly younger trends than our friends hailing from the Gem State.
Women tend to settle down at an average age of 28.4 and men at an age of 30 in the Prairie State, proving that this midwestern state is nothing but practical.
Couples in Indiana aren’t quite as fast to get to the finish line as their state’s famous race-car drivers, with women getting hitched at age 26.6, and men at 28.4.
Residents of the Hawkeye State say “I do” a little earlier than the national trends, with the ladies marrying around 26.2 and the men around 28.1.
People often walk down the aisle a bit earlier than most in the Wheat State—at age 25.9 for women and 27.5 for men, to be exact.
Maybe it’s the high-quality bourbon or the leftover excitement from the Kentucky Derby that gets into people’s systems—whatever the case, locals from the Bluegrass State don’t waste any time with getting hitched. Kentuckian women say “I do” at age 25.9, while men marry at age 27.8, on average.
Cajuns hailing from the land of crawfish and gumbo commit to their partners almost precisely in line with the national average, with women marrying around age 27.5 and men around 29.3.
The maritime men and women of Vacationland aren’t too out of the ordinary with the timing of their wedding vows—women marry around 27.1 and men around 29.4.
In a trend that seems to be reflected across the majority of the Northeast states, Maryland’s locals prefer to marry later in life—women tie the knot around the age of 28.6, and men around the age of 30.2.
Like the nearby state of Maryland, the Bay State’s locals prefer to wait a little longer before taking the plunge—with 29.6 as the average marriage age for women, and 30.8 as the average marriage age for men.
Both Michigan women and men marry at ages almost exactly on par with the national average—27.7 for women and 29.8 for men, to be exact—even with the number of romantically scenic views available along the shores of the state’s Great Lakes.
Despite the state’s harsh winters and abundance of great romantic restaurants, residents of the Land of 10,000 Lakes still settle down and get married right around the national averages—with women marrying at 27.2 and men marrying at 29.2.
The claim that everything moves a bit slower in the South (slow as molasses, one could say) certainly doesn’t apply to how long the locals wait before getting hitched. Mississippi women marry at the age of 26.6, and men at the age of 28.4, on average.
With trends akin to Mississippi—women marrying at an average age of 26.8 and men at 28.2—it’s clear that Missourians don’t waste too much time before tying the knot.
Maybe it’s the mountain air that makes residents of the Big Sky Country feel like anything could be possible, but Montanan women tend to get hitched at 26.4, and the men at 28.6—putting them above the national average.
Love tends to sprout a little earlier in the Cornhusker State, with women marrying at age 26.2 and men at age 28.
Nevadans know when they hit the jackpot and gamble on marriage right in line with the national average—women tend to marry at 27.2, while men marry at 29.2.
New Hampshire: 29
While New Hampshire’s women tend to say their vows at 27.9 years old, right around the national average, the men take a little bit longer to settle down, marrying at the average age of 30.1.
New Jersey: 29.8
Couples from the Garden State take time to let their love blossom before saying “I do,” with women marrying at age 29, and men at 30.6.
New Mexico: 27.8
The Land of Enchantment must not be quite as bewitching as its nickname chalks it up to be—women still marry at close to the national average (around age 27.2), while men marry a little earlier than the national average (at age 28.4).
New York: 30.2
Even the bright lights and flashiness of the Big Apple aren’t enough to win today’s millennials over too easily. New York women walk the aisle around age 29.5, while the state’s men tend to marry around age 30.8.
North Carolina: 28
With its picturesque white sand beaches, North Carolina residents find themselves in the perfect setting for falling in love—their average ages for marriage are just above the national trends, with women walking the aisle around age 27.1 and men marrying around 28.8.
North Dakota: 26.8
With women marrying around age 25.9 and men around 27.6, North Dakota’s trends rank among the earliest ages of all the states.
Ohio residents tend to say “I do” almost exactly on par with the national average—the Buckeye State’s women marry around age 27.4, while the men marry around 29.3.
Sweethearts in the Sooner State settle down on the Great Plains a bit earlier than the national trends—Oklahoman women tie the knot around 25.5, and men around 27.2.
Oregon’s lush, forested landscape provides an idyllic setting for falling in love. Women tend to say their vows at age 27.6, and men at 29.5.
Pennsylvania is often heralded as the State of Independence, which might explain why its residents like to take their time before saying “I do”—for women, that means around 28.4, and for men, around 30 years old.
Rhode Island: 30.2
The nation’s tiniest state has some of the latest trends for marriage ages—the median age for marriage is 29.6 for the women and 30.7 for the men who call The Ocean State home.
South Carolina: 28.5
With the Palmetto State’s women marrying around age 27.7 and the men around age 29.2, the coasts of South Carolina tend to line up almost directly with the national trends.
South Dakota: 26.7
South Dakota lays claim to some of the earliest marriage ages of all the states—women from the Mount Rushmore State get hitched around the age of 25.9, and men around 27.5.
With a plethora of breathtaking sites overlooking the Smoky Mountains at which to potentially hold an outdoor wedding, it’s really no wonder that Tennessee folks get married a little earlier than the average, with women saying “I do” at 26.5 and men at 28.2.
Despite hailing from the Lone Star State, Texans prefer not to spend too much of their time as solo agents—these Southerners are settling down at ages just earlier than the national average, with the ladies marrying at 26.5 and the gents at 28.3.
Holding the youngest averages of all the states, Utah men and women wed, on average, in their mid-twenties—but even they aren’t rushing too quickly into a lifelong commitment, with women marrying at 24.2 and men at 26.2. Not that we judge—all we can say is, when you know, you know. Still, we’d urge such impulsive couples to learn the 20 Biggest Regrets of People Who Married Young.
They’re a cautious lot in Vermont, it seems—women don’t marry until 28.3 and men until 30.6, on average. We applaud the residents of the Green Mountain State for taking their time to find “the one.”
You know what they say: Virginia is for lovers—practical lovers, though, from the way the state’s stats shape up. Both women and men tend to settle down right in line with the national average—27.2 for women and 29.2 for men, to be exact.
Perhaps the ever-vibrant terrain of the Evergreen State inspires the locale’s lovers to believe that their love, too, will withstand the test of time. Washington women tend to wed at age 26.8, while men marry at age 29.
West Virginia: 27.2
Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Mountain State, women tend to wed around 26.1 years old, and men around age 28.3.
Wisconsin is another state that pretty accurately reflects the national trends: women marry at 27.4 and men at 29.3 in the Badger State, on average.
The Cowboy State features some incredible vistas that must serve as the perfect backdrop for romance, with Wyoming women getting hitched at 25.7 and the men at 27.6. And for more on the state of romance, This Is How Long Today’s Average Couple Dates Before Getting Married.
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