States Where People Marry Old (and Young)

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16. Louisiana
> Median age at first marriage in 2017: 29.0 years
> Median age at first marriage in 2005: 26.0 (25th highest)
> Married population in 2017: 42.8% (the lowest)
> Median household income: $46,145 (4th lowest)

In 2017, Louisiana had the lowest percentage of married folks in the United States at just under 43%. The state’s marriage rate is 6.0%, the fourth lowest, and lower than the national average of 6.9%. And a high share of those who are married separate compared to rest of the country — the “couple who are married but separated” rate for Louisiana is 2.5%, the fourth highest, compared to the national average of 1.9%

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17. Minnesota
> Median age at first marriage in 2017: 29.0 years
> Median age at first marriage in 2005: 26.4 (18th highest)
> Married population in 2017: 51.9% (9th highest)
> Median household income: $68,388 (12th highest)

Minnesota inched up from the 18th spot in 2005 to 17th spot in 2017 as the median age of first marriage has climbed by 2.6 years, just under the average climb nationally of 2.7 years.

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18. Michigan
> Median age at first marriage in 2017: 29.0 years
> Median age at first marriage in 2005: 26.6 (16th highest)
> Married population in 2017: 48.0% (21st lowest)
> Median household income: $54,909 (18th lowest)

Similar to other Midwestern states, Michiganders typically don’t say “I Do” until they’ve reached their 29th birthday, about two-and-half years older than in 2005.

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19. Wisconsin
> Median age at first marriage in 2017: 28.9 years
> Median age at first marriage in 2005: 26.3 (19th highest)
> Married population in 2017: 50.2% (13th highest)
> Median household income: $59,305 (22nd highest)

Wisconsin marks the first state to crack the 29-years-of-age mark, but just barely. People from the state typically marry at 28.9 years. Still, the state’s rank remained at No. 19.

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20. Arizona
> Median age at first marriage in 2017: 28.9 years
> Median age at first marriage in 2005: 25.7 (20th lowest)
> Married population in 2017: 46.9% (13th lowest)
> Median household income: $56,581 (23rd lowest)

In this Southwestern state, the median age at first marriage has risen by more than three years, from 25.7 to 28.9 years, the fifth highest increase from 2005 to 2017 in the country. Arizona’s ranking, however, still held at 20.