States Where People Marry Old (and Young)

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6. New Hampshire
> Median age at first marriage in 2017: 29.9 years
> Median age at first marriage in 2005: 26.8 (12th highest)
> Married population in 2017: 51.4% (10th highest)
> Median household income: $73,381 (6th highest)

Like its New England neighbors, New Hampshire residents are delaying marriage until their late 20s. In addition, the Granite State leapfrogged up the list from No. 12 in 2005 to No. 6 in 2017, as its residents now wait three years longer than in 2005 to tie the knot. This is longer than the national average change of 2.7 years.

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7. New Jersey
> Median age at first marriage in 2017: 29.9 years
> Median age at first marriage in 2005: 27.9 (5th highest)
> Married population in 2017: 49.1% (22nd highest)
> Median household income: $80,088 (2nd highest)

With the nation’s lowest share of divorced population, at 8.6%, New Jersey residents must like to be married. See, there are some good things to say about New Jersey.

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8. Illinois
> Median age at first marriage in 2017: 29.8 years
> Median age at first marriage in 2005: 26.8 (13th highest)
> Married population in 2017: 47.4% (18th lowest)
> Median household income: $62,992 (16th highest)

Compared to 2005, Illinois residents are taking nearly three years longer to get married, longer than the national average of 2.7 years. They’ve also moved up the list from 13 to the eighth spot.

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9. Florida
> Median age at first marriage in 2017: 29.8 years
> Median age at first marriage in 2005: 26.6 (15th highest)
> Married population in 2017: 46.1% (7th lowest)
> Median household income: $52,594 (12th lowest)

The Sunshine State ranks ninth among states where residents take longest to marry. However, unlike the other such states, delaying marriage hasn’t lowered its percentage of divorced people. Florida has the ninth largest percentage of divorcees at 13%.

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10. Delaware
> Median age at first marriage in 2017: 29.7 years
> Median age at first marriage in 2005: 26.5 (17th highest)
> Married population in 2017: 47.4% (18th lowest)
> Median household income: $62,852 (17th highest)

Between 2005 and 2017, Delaware shot up on the list from No. 17 to No. 10. So it’s safe to say Delaware residents are waiting longer and longer to walk down the aisle. The 3.2 years increase is higher than the average increase nationwide, which is 2.7 years.