This Is the Age You’ll Get Married Based on Where You Live

The U.S.'s average marrying age for women is 26.9 and for men it's 29.8.

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Priceonomics, used with permission.

Though marriage ages have been steadily skewing later over time, where you live is still a significant indicator in how old you’ll be when you tie the knot. The folks at Priceonomics have designed a handy map, using data pulled from the U.N., that shows the average age at which people get married in countries all over the world.


United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2013). World Marriage Data 2012 (POP/DB/Marr/Rev2012).

After analyzing the data, Priceonomics came up with a few key takeaways:

  • The average age for marriage across the globe has steadily risen since the 1970s, from 21.8 to 24.7 years.
  • A country’s income has a dramatic impact on the average marriage age. According to Priceonomics, “Nordic countries and Western Europe rank among the highest for mean age at marriage at above 30 years. Afghanistan has one of the lowest at 20.2 years.”
  • Men get married much later than women across the globe.
  • According to the UN’s data, the U.S.’s average marrying age for women is 26.9 and for men it’s 29.8.

You can see the entire map here.


You really need to go back earlier in time to get a more accurate perspective. Only since the middle part of the last century have marriage ages been going up. The example does not go back far enough and therefore is misleading.  The median age for marriage for both genders dipped to a lower age in the middle of part of the last century, it was higher before that timeframe. 

Go back earlier to the 1890 Census records, and you find that the median age for men was 26.1 and for women, it was 22.  According to the U.S. Census:   it took until the 1990 census, for the median age of first marriage to rise above the 1890 median age.  By not showing the longer curve, including a descending curve from 1890 to 1950 where the average age got lower, leveling off from about 1950s to 1970s, then slowly rising again from the 1970s to the present, you are not getting a complete picture.


If the statistics include second, third and fourth marriages, etc, then the AVERAGE age at marriage will have to be going up, as divorce leads to multiple and older marriages.  The statistics can only be meaningful if they pertain to first marriages only.