Increase in Average Age of Marriage

I’m sure that a number of you have noticed the ongoing trend of people deciding to get married later in life. This has recently come to my attention due to the fact that I am in my twenties and will be graduating soon. All I can say is thank god for most people deciding to get married at a later age, because I feel as though marriage is completely beyond me at this point. This article shows how drastically the average age of marriage has changed. For example, in 1970, 42 percent of women were married before the age of 20. In 2009, only 7 percent of women are married before the age of 20. Another great article states that just over half of Americans over the age of 18 are married.

So why are people making the decision to hold off on marriage? One of the biggest reasons is because both men and women want to be financially stable before settling down and starting a family. It is more socially acceptable to put a greater focus on your career more so than ever before. Also, more people are getting college degrees. This article is interesting in the fact that it states how college educated women benefit the most from waiting to get married. I tend to think that people have gained this mentality that your twenties are the time of your life where you are still figuring everything out. We think that twenties are when we are supposed to have fun, go on crazy adventures, and date a numerous number of people. I think this is true to point, and there is no need to rush into marriage, but I do wonder if the average age of marriage will continue to increase over time.

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