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Americans are waiting longer to get married, if they decide to wed at all

Americans are waiting longer to get married than they did in the Baby Boomer era.

Americans are getting married at an older age.
Americans are getting married at an older age.
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According to a Pew Research examination of the latest Census Bureau data, the median age for a first marriage across the country was 29 for men and 26.6 years for women.

This is the oldest age since at least 1890.

In 1956 the median age for a first marriage was 22.5 for men and 20.1 years for women.

Not since 1920 have the number of Americans, by percentage, been as low as it is today.

The Census data indicates 50.5 percent of adults ages 18 and above are married. In 1960 that rate was 72.2 percent.

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Women tend to marry younger in Arkansas, Utah, and Oklahoma.

In New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, men and women wait about four years longer to marry.

Latest data from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention indicate the number of marriages in the United States in 2012 was 2,118,000 at a rate of 6.8 per 1,000 total population.

The divorce rate is 3.6 per 1,000 population (44 reporting States and D.C.)