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Marriage statistics by length of dating
While there is little variation in female engagement age in the West, Midwest and South, women in the Northeast get engaged slightly later: there is nearly a one year differential between them (27.8 years) and women in the South (26.9 years).
This is primarily driven by New York and Pennsylvania, where our average respondent’s engagement age hovered around 28 years old.
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of the year to get engaged, trailing only Christmas (December 24th-25th) and New Year’s Eve (December 31st).
also believes that while each couple's situation is different, it's most important to learn how to communicate when you have a conflict, rather than focus on the time frame.
"Many couples wait until they are ready to have children, or ready to buy a home before they marry," Nelson says.
On average, women (27.2 years) tend to be 1.5 years younger than their partner (28.7 years) at the time of engagement.
About 2.2% of Americans get engaged under the age of 20, 74% in their 20s, 15% in their mid-30s (30-34), and about 8% at the age of 35 or older.
Overall, Americans tend to move pretty quickly: nearly half of all engagements occur two years or less into a relationship.
On the other end of this spectrum, only 6% of couples date for 8 years or more before getting engaged.
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