Relation

Average Age of Marriage by State

You might be in for a surprise if you’ve been wondering what the average age of marriage is in the world or in America.

Studies show that during the past 50 years, fewer people have chosen to get married overall. For instance, approximately 15% of persons over the age of 18 were never married in 1960. The percentage has since increased to 28 percent. Both the national average age of marriage and the average age of marriage per state have increased over the past few decades.

Between 1960 and today, the average age of marriage for those getting married for the first time has increased from 20.8 years for women and 22.8 years for men to 26.5 years for women and 28.7 years for men. Additionally, it appears that the typical age of marriage for millennials is migrating to well into their 30s.

The typical age of marriage varies from state to state. The highest average marriage age for first-time couples is in New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Jersey, while the lowest average marriage age is in Utah, Idaho, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.

Recent studies have shown the following statistics regarding the average age of marriage by gender and U.S. state:

State Women Men
Alabama 25.8 27.4
Alaska 25.0 27.4
Arkansas 24.8 26.3
Arizona 26.2 28.1
California 27.3 29.5
Colorado 26.1 28.0
Delaware 26.9 29.0
Florida 27.2 29.4
Georgia 26.3 28.3
Hawaii 26.7 28.6
Idaho 24.0 25.8
Illinois 27.5 29.3
Indiana 26.1 27.4
Iowa 25.8 27.4
Kansas 25.5 27.0
Kentucky 25.4 27.1
Louisiana 26.6 28.2
Maine 26.8 28.6
Maryland 27.7 29.5
Massachusetts 28.8 30.1
Michigan 26.9 28.9
Minnesota 26.6 28.5
Mississippi 26.0 27.5
Missouri 26.1 27.6
Montana 25.7 28.5
Nebraska 25.7 27.2
Nevada 26.2 28.1
New Hampshire 26.8 29.3
New Jersey 28.1 30.1
New Mexico 26.1 28.1
New York 28.8 30.3
North Carolina 26.3 27.9
North Dakota 25.9 27.5
Ohio 26.6 28.4
Oklahoma 24.8 26.3
Oregon 26.4 28.5
Pennsylvania 27.6 29.3
Rhode Island 28.2 30.0
South Carolina 26.7 28.2
South Dakota 25.5 27.0
Tennessee 25.7 27.3
Texas 25.7 27.5
Utah 23.5 25.6
Vermont 28.8 29.3
Virginia 26.7 28.6
Washington 26.0 27.9
Washington DC 29.8 30.6
West Virginia 27.3 25.7
Wisconsin 26.6 28.4
Wyoming 24.5 26.8