The average age of first marriages for men and women across the United States has been steadily rising. Millennials only need look back a generation to realize that, anecdotally, our parents and their friends tied the knot at younger ages than we have tended to.
But what is that age, really?
According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the average age of first marriage for a woman has risen to 27 and the age for a man has risen to 29.
Though the average age of marriage has risen across the country, data varies widely from state to state. And the states with the lowest and highest average age come as less than a shock.
According to The Daily Dot, Utah has the lowest average marriage age for women and men at 23.8 and 25.9, respectively. Though there’s no confirmed reason for this trend, one can only imagine it’s due to the state’s large observant Mormon population. Roughly 60 percent of that state’s residents are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Less traditional states where young residents are particularly career-driven have the highest age of marriage. Washington, D.C., has the oldest average bride at 30.2, and New York has the oldest grooms at 30.6. Overall, The District of Columbia was the only region where both the average man and average woman got married over the age of 30 — the average man in the nation’s capital gets hitched at 30.3.