States Where People Marry Old (and Young)

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26. South Carolina
> Median age at first marriage in 2017: 28.7 years
> Median age at first marriage in 2005: 26.3 (20th highest)
> Married population in 2017: 47.0% (14th lowest)
> Median household income: $50,570 (9th lowest)

South Carolina slipped from the 20th spot in 2005 to 26 in 2007, with the median age at first marriage rising by about two and a half years. That increase, however, is lower than the average nationwide — 2.7 years.

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27. Nevada
> Median age at first marriage in 2017: 28.6 years
> Median age at first marriage in 2005: 25.1 (9th lowest)
> Married population in 2017: 45.5% (6th lowest)
> Median household income: $58,003 (25th lowest)

Nevada residents are seemingly unwilling to gamble on marriage. The median age at first marriage rose by almost three and a half years between 2005 and 2017 — the highest increase for that period of time in the country — and its divorced population is nearly 14% — second highest in the U.S.

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28. Washington
> Median age at first marriage in 2017: 28.4 years
> Median age at first marriage in 2005: 25.9 (24th lowest)
> Married population in 2017: 50.6% (12th highest)
> Median household income: $70,979 (10th highest)

Washington’s ranking has not moved much between 2005, when the state was 27th, and now, when it ranks 28th. Residents used to typically marry when they almost 26 years old; now they do at just over 28. The state has the 22nd highest divorced population at nearly 12%.

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29. Montana
> Median age at first marriage in 2017: 28.3 years
> Median age at first marriage in 2005: 25.6 (16th lowest)
> Married population in 2017: 52.1% (8th highest)
> Median household income: $53,386 (14th lowest)

For the first time on the list, the never-married population dips below 30%. In Montana, 28.7% of residents have never entered into matrimony — yet more than half are married.

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30. North Carolina
> Median age at first marriage in 2017: 28.3 years
> Median age at first marriage in 2005: 25.9 (23rd lowest)
> Married population in 2017: 48.7% (24th lowest)
> Median household income: $52,752 (13th lowest)

As in South Carolina, North Carolinians delay their vows until after age 28, up from almost 26 years of age in 2005.