States Where People Marry Old (and Young)

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1. Massachusetts
> Median age at first marriage in 2017: 30.6 years
> Median age at first marriage in 2005: 28.2 (4th highest)
> Married population in 2017: 46.3% (8th lowest)
> Median household income: $77,385 (4th highest)

Massachusetts residents are apparently in no rush to tie the knot. The Bay State tops the list of states where people wait the longest to get married — with a median age at their first marriage of 30.6 years. This is not far off from 2005, when the median age was 28.2 years, the fourth highest that year. Once hitched, Bay Staters stay married, as evidenced by its sixth lowest share of divorced population of 9.5%

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2. New York
> Median age at first marriage in 2017: 30.5 years
> Median age at first marriage in 2005: 28.3 (3rd highest)
> Married population in 2017: 44.4% (4th lowest)
> Median household income: $64,894 (14th highest)

Much like their Massachusetts counterparts, New York residents tend to hold off getting married until their late 20s or 30s. And once again, the couple that postpones the walk down the aisle tends to stay together. The Empire State’s percentage of divorcees is the second lowest at 8.7%.

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3. Connecticut
> Median age at first marriage in 2017: 30.3 years
> Median age at first marriage in 2005: 28.3 (2nd highest)
> Married population in 2017: 46.9% (13th lowest)
> Median household income: $74,168 (5th highest)

With a high median household income and just under half of its population married, perhaps Connecticut residents don’t feel the urge to get married. The more a person makes, the less likely he or she may be driven to find a partner for financial security. What’s more, 35.1% of citizens have never been married, more than any other state.

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4. California
> Median age at first marriage in 2017: 29.9 years
> Median age at first marriage in 2005: 26.7 (14th highest)
> Married population in 2017: 46.6% (10th lowest)
> Median household income: $71,805 (8th highest)

California seems to mirror national statistics when it comes to marriage. The median age at first-time marriages is a bit older than the median age nationwide — 29.9 vs. 29.0 years — but not by much. Maybe California isn’t the trendsetter we thought it was?

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5. Rhode Island
> Median age at first marriage in 2017: 29.9 years
> Median age at first marriage in 2005: 28.3 (the highest)
> Married population in 2017: 45.3% (5th lowest)
> Median household income: $63,870 (15th highest)

More than a decade ago, Rhode Island grabbed the top spot for the oldest marrying couples in the U.S. with a median age of 28.3 years. In 2017, the marriage age in Ocean State slipped to fifth place at 29.9 years — a nearly two-year change, but lower than the national average change of over 2.5 year.