Average time spent dating before marriage
While there is little variation in female engagement age in the West, Midwest and South, women in the Northeast get engaged slightly later: there is nearly a one year differential between them (27.8 years) and women in the South (26.9 years).
This is primarily driven by New York and Pennsylvania, where our average respondent’s engagement age hovered around 28 years old.
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On average, women (27.2 years) tend to be 1.5 years younger than their partner (28.7 years) at the time of engagement.
About 2.2% of Americans get engaged under the age of 20, 74% in their 20s, 15% in their mid-30s (30-34), and about 8% at the age of 35 or older.
Winter, in general, seems to induce men and women to pop the question, as 30% of all engagements occur in November and December.
So, we surveyed 1,000 recently-engaged Weddington Way customers (all women), posing questions like: How old were you when you got engaged? And, how long were you dating prior to your engagement?
Meanwhile, in the South, this figure is more than double, at 43%.(We're guessing financial reasons are behind the decision for many couples.)We're also getting married far later in life now than the previous generation, with the average first-time bride now 30.8 and groom 32.7 years old, compared with 22.6 and 24.6 years old in 1971, respectively.These days, the average bride and groom will also have had two serious relationships before settling down.Overall, Americans tend to move pretty quickly: nearly half of all engagements occur two years or less into a relationship.
On the other end of this spectrum, only 6% of couples date for 8 years or more before getting engaged.After compiling these responses, we sorted them by geographic region (West, Midwest, South, and Northeast).