Post # 1
I’m 22 and my fiancee is 22, he’ll be 23 when we get married. Fortunately I haven’t gotten then whole “you’re too young to get married” yet, and I didn’t realize that 22 year olds get that, so I’m really glad I saw these posts so that I can be prepared when it does happen. So my real question is, what is a “good” age to get married? I also want to add to those younger than me that my fiancee and I started dating when we were 17 and I knew then that I’d marry him, we just wanted to wait until at least one of us finished college and were able to support ourselves. Congrats to those who are younger than me and can support themselves because I definitely couldn’t when I was that age.
Post # 3
26/f 28/m — I think those are the most recent stats. This is an answer to the literal question “what’s average”. I’ve read studies that say there isn’t much difference in getting married b/w the ages of 21-31. I personally do not have an opinion as I feel it widely varies on the people, life experience, etc.
Post # 4
well, obviously, it depends on the person. There’s also tons of older people here (not OLD, just old-er than 22…) – such as, I am 30 and my husband is 37 and we’ve only been married 1 year…first/last/only marriage for each of us!
Post # 5
I just googled it and found the stats on Wikipedia
USA – 26.8 for men, 25.1 for women
Canada – 30.6 for men, 28.5 for women
UK – 30.7 for men, 28.5 for women
Australia – 30.6 for men, 28 for women
I find it interesting that USA is significantly younger than the other countries I listed!
Post # 6
My dad is a counselor and says that 23-24 is a good age. You’re mature enough to know what you want, but not “set in your ways.”
Post # 7
For most of my friends, later 20s (26+) seems most common. Though there are some 1st time marriages by women well into their 30s.
Where you live and your level of education play a big role in what’s “average” among your circle of friends.
Post # 8
My friends are free spirits, and none of them are married, and they are 30. I wouldn’t get married personally until at least 25. At least! But- Future Mrs. Martin has the stats. About 26 is average.
Post # 9
I live in NYC… the average age skews very very high. Many of my friends are late 20’s early 30’s and just started marrying. I went to college in TX. Most of them married by the time they were 25. It’s regional too.
Post # 10
depends on the circles of people you associate with and the cultural back ground, roughly tho mid twenties is average for women and later twenties for men
Post # 11
I don’t think there is a ‘good’ age for everyone. My husband and I were 21/22 when we got married last year.
Post # 12
Depends on a number of things: region, culture, education level, peers, race, etc.
I live in LA and most of my married friends got hitched in their late 20s (28 or 29). I got married at age 30, and I have friends who are 31+ and still single.
Post # 13
Not sure of the average age but we’re 26 & 36. This is his second marriage-he got married the first time when he was 29.
Post # 14
I think the stats for Australia are pretty much right, but again it’s regional (which also means it’s about levels of education, employment etc). In the capital where I am it’s very unusual for brides to be younger than 26 or 27. But in smaller towns that would be different. I don’t think there is a good age, it just depends on the couple really.
Post # 15
I think region has a lot to do with that. In New Husband where I went to HS, those friends got married in their early 20s (and many are divorced and/or are on their second marriages – not to judge, just to put that out there). I left at 16, however, and after having spent a ton of time traveling have realized in NYC it’s later… like early 30s amongst my friends and now in CA it’s late 20s. When I lived in the Caribbean it was mid to late 20s. This is also JUST my circle of friends… I’m sure the next block over, it’s different. FWIW, I’m 34 and FH is 41 (first marriage for each of us) – we’re both pretty late bloomers.
Post # 16
In the US, the average age of first marriage in 2003 was 27.1 for men, 25.3 for women. However, later marriages are associated with a) lower divorce rates, and b) higher educational levels.