States Where People Marry Old (and Young)

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11. Pennsylvania
> Median age at first marriage in 2017: 29.6 years
> Median age at first marriage in 2005: 27.2 (9th highest)
> Married population in 2017: 47.5% (19th lowest)
> Median household income: $59,195 (24th highest)

Pennsylvania sits in the middle of the nation in more ways than one: It comes in at No. 24 for median annual household income at $59,195, and the median age at first marriage stands at 29-and-a-half years, mirroring the national level. The state also mirrors the national average of the number of people who are now married — 47.8% compared to 47.5% for Pennsylvania. It has the ninth lowest percentage of divorced people at 9.8%

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12. Maryland
> Median age at first marriage in 2017: 29.6 years
> Median age at first marriage in 2005: 27.4 (7th highest)
> Married population in 2017: 47.1% (15th lowest)
> Median household income: $80,776 (the highest)

Does making a good income make a person more likely to delay marriage? Maryland appears to support this argument, with the highest median household income — at more than $80,000 annually — and a relatively older first marriage age in the late-20s.

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13. Vermont
> Median age at first marriage in 2017: 29.2 years
> Median age at first marriage in 2005: 27.3 (8th highest)
> Married population in 2017: 48.0% (21st lowest)
> Median household income: $57,513 (24th lowest)

Vermont residents are much like Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire in that they’re waiting longer to get hitched than the median age nationwide, which is 29.0. Unlike those other states, Vermont has a rather large divorced population at 13% — the ninth highest on the list.

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14. Maine
> Median age at first marriage in 2017: 29.2 years
> Median age at first marriage in 2005: 27.0 (10th highest)
> Married population in 2017: 49.4% (17th highest)
> Median household income: $56,277 (20th lowest)

Maine has the highest percentage of divorced people, at 14.6%, and nearly a third (29%) have never been married. With the state considered a key battleground state in 2020, will we see more Pine Tree state divorces as couples battle over politics?

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15. Colorado
> Median age at first marriage in 2017: 29.1 years
> Median age at first marriage in 2005: 25.9 (26th lowest)
> Married population in 2017: 50.2% (13th highest)
> Median household income: $69,117 (11th highest)

The Western state with the second oldest first marriage age after California is Colorado. Coloradans now wait nearly three years longer to get married than they did in 2005, rising to 29.1 years from 25.9 years. The state made a strong push to the top, going from 26th in 2005 to 15th in 2017.