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When are Southerners tying the knot?

When did you walk down the aisle? At 20? At 40? It turns out that marriage ages vary widely, and we have compiled the median ages of marriage in every Southern state so you can see how you compare. Are you in line with the trends, or do you differ from the crowd? Around half of all Americans are married, and median age for marriage is at an all-time high. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, there were 2,140,272 marriages in the U.S. in 2014. Of these over two million unions, participants’ ages vary by state and by region. According to the data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the median age of marriage for both men and women continues to rise, though marriage age in the South still tends to be lower than in the Northern and Western states. We’re watching the numbers, but we also just love throwing (and attending!) Southern nuptials.

Alabama
Women: 26.4
Men: 28.3

Arkansas
Women: 25.5
Men: 27.5 

Delaware
Women: 28.6
Men: 30.7 

D.C.
Women: 30.3
Men: 29.9

Florida
Women: 28.2
Men: 30.4

Georgia
Women: 27.1
Men: 28.8 

Kentucky
Women: 26
Men: 27.9 

Louisiana
Women:  28.1
Men: 29.7 

Maryland
Women: 28.5
Men: 30.5

Mississippi
Women: 26.7
Men: 28.2 

Missouri
Women: 27
Men: 28.4

North Carolina
Women: 27
Men: 28.1

Oklahoma
Women: 25.3
Men: 27

South Carolina
Women: 27.2
Men: 28.8 

Tennessee
Women: 26.6
Men: 28.2 

Texas
Women: 26.6
Men: 28.2 

Virginia
Women: 27.3
Men: 29.1 

West Virginia
Women: 26
Men: 28.7 

The data from 2014 reveals a lot about Southern marriage trends. Looking at the numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau, Delaware has the highest median marriage age for men, at nearly 31 years old, while Oklahoma has the lowest, at 27 years old. For women, Oklahoma has the lowest median marriage age, at 25.3 years old, and D.C. has the highest median age, at 30.3 years old. These numbers show that even within one region, marriage trends and median ages vary widely. Check the Population Reference Bureau for more marriage age stats on men and women.

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