The average age people get married in every state

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  • INSIDER’s Data team examined the average age of first marriages in every state.
  • Most people across the US are getting married between the ages of 25 and 30.
  • Men are, on average, slightly older when they first get married than women.

It’s no secret that millennials are approaching marriage differently, causing the divorce rate to decline significantly in recent years. But when examining the age of people who are getting married, the numbers are surprising.

INSIDER’s Data team compiled data from the U.S. Census Bureau to see men and women’s average age when they first wed in every state. We found that the average age around the US that people get married hovers between 25 and 30 years old. Additionally, in almost every state men get married slightly later in life than women.

Take a closer look at how the average age of marriage differs from state to state.


In Alabama, the average man gets married at age 28.1. Women are 26.4.

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However, Alabama is one of the states with the most divorces. In fact, there were about 3.7 divorces for every 1,000 people in 2017. Fun fact: the divorced wife may be legally prohibited from using the name of the divorced husband.


On average, men get married at 28.7 years of age, and women get married at 26 in Alaska.

Jean-Erick PASQUIER/ GettyCouple in Alaska.

Alaska is also one of the states with the highest divorce rate, with 3.6 divorces per 1,000 people in 2017.


Men in Arizona typically get married at 29.5, while women married at 27.5.

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In Arizona, there were 3.5 divorces for every 1,000 people in 2017.


In Arkansas, men typically get married at 27.3, while women marry at 25.5.

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In 2017, Arkansas saw 9.5 marriages per 1,000 people.


Men typically get married at 30.5 years of age in California, and women wed at 28.6.

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California has notoriously tricky divorce laws: California divorces can take months – or even years.


On average, men in Colorado get married at 29.3, and women marry at 27.3.

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Colorado has one of the highest divorce rates in the nation, with 3.2 divorces per 1,000 people in 2017. Children who are involved in a divorce here may be required to attend an educational program on divorce.


Men in Connecticut typically marry at 30.7, and women marry at 29.3.

Spencer PlattCouple in Connecticut.

Connecticut actually has one of the lowest marriage rates in the country, with 5.3 marriages per 1,000 people in 2017.


In Delaware, men typically marry at 30.2 years old and women marry at 28.7.

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On the other hand, there were about three divorces for every 1,000 people in Delaware in 2017.

Spouses are required to be separated for at least six months before divorce proceedings can begin.


In the District of Columbia, both men and women typically get married at 30.

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In the nation’s capital, about 31.1% of men are married, and 26.1% of women have said their vows.


Men typically marry at 30.4 years old in Florida, and women wed at 28.5.

The Sunshine State has one of the highest divorce rates, with 3.6 divorces per 1,000 people in 2017.


In Georgia, men marry at 29.1 on average, and women say their vows at 27.4 years old.

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In the Peach State, about 47% of people are married.


In Hawaii, men typically marry at 28.7, and women marry at 27.6.

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In Hawaii, 50.5% of men are married, while 49.2% of women are wed.

According to the Hawaii State Judiciary, if you were legally married in another state or another country but somehow settled in Hawaii, it’s no matter – you can still obtain a divorce in the state.


On average, men in Idaho marry at 26.7, while women marry at 25.1.

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In Idaho, there are 3.9 divorces for every 1,000 people in 2017.


In Illinois, men get married at 30.2 years of age, and women at 28.5.

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Illinois actually has one of the lowest divorce rates in the country, with 1.9 divorces per 1,000 people in 2017, per INSIDER Data.

In Illinois, a person can file for divorce if a spouse gives the other a sexually transmitted disease.


The average age of marriage in Indiana for men is 28.6 and 26.8 for women.

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About 49.3% of people are married in the Hoosier state.


In Iowa, men typically get married at 28.2, and women marry at 26.3.

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Iowa only saw about 2 divorces per 1,000 people in 2017, per INSIDER Data.


In Kansas, men get married at 27.7 years old on average, while women usually marry at 25.8.

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In Kansas, about 52.5% of people have said their vows.


Men in Kentucky get married on average at 27.9 years old, and women wed at 26.1.

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However, there were 3.7 divorces for every 1,000 people in the Bluegrass State in 2017.

In Kentucky, couples have to have a divorce education certificate to file for divorce.


In Louisiana, men usually get married at 29.4, while women typically marry at 27.6.

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In Louisiana, 45.5% of men and 41.8% of women are married.


On average, men in Maine marry at 29.5, while women marry at 27.2.

The Boston Globe/ GettyCouple in Maine.

But, there were 3.2 divorces for every 1,000 people in 2017 in Maine.


In Maryland, men marry at 30.3 years on average, and women at 28.7.

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Maryland is among the states with the lowest divorce rates in the country, with 2.5 divorces per 1,000 people in 2017, per INSIDER Data.


In Massachusetts, men marry on average at 30.9 years, while women marry at 29.7.

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The first legal same-sex marriage in the US was performed in Massachusetts in 2004.


In Michigan, men marry at 29.9 and women wed at 27.8.

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In Michigan, 49.5% of men and 46.8% of women are married.


On average, men in Minnesota get married by 29.4 years old, and women by 27.4.

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In Minnesota, there’s a shortcut for a fast divorce, but only if both parties are close to debt-free.


In Mississippi, men marry at 28.6 years of age, and women at 26.7.

Julie Dermansky/ GettyCouple on the Mississippi River.

In Mississippi, 44.8% of people have said their vows.

Fun fact: Impotence and “idiocy” are grounds for divorce.


In Missouri, men marry by 28.3 on average, while women marry by 26.9.

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On the other hand, there were 3.1 divorces for every 1,000 people in 2017 in Missouri.


On average, men in Montanamarry at 28.6 years, while women marry at 26.3.

Elizabeth W. Kearley/ GettyCouple in Montana.

Like Missouri, there were 3.1 divorces for every 1,000 people in Montana in 2017.


In Nebraska, men marry by 28.1, while women marry by 26.2.

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But, in 2017, there were three divorces for every 1,000 people in Nebraska.


Men in Nevada marry at 29.5 years on average, while women get hitched at around 27.2.

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Nevada has the highest marriage rate in the country – almost double that of runner-up Hawaii.


In New Hampshire, men marry by 30.2 on average, and women get married by 28.2 years old.

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However, there were 3.1 divorces per 1,000 people in 2017 in New Hampshire.


On average, men in New Jersey marry by 30.7 years old, and women aren’t too far behind at29.1years old.

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In New Jersey, 51.5% of men and 46.7% of women are married.


In New Mexico, men marry at 28.8 years old on average, compared to women who marry at 27.6.

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In 2015, there were 3.3 divorces per 1,000 people in New Mexico.


Men in New York typically marry at 30.9 years of age, with women close behind at 29.5 years old.

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New York is one of the states that has the lowest divorce rates, and experts believe it’s because the state doesn’t have great alimony laws, cutting a major benefit of divorce.


In North Carolina, men typically get married by 28.9 years old and by 27.2 years old for women.

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In North Carolina, 49% of people are married.


In North Dakota, men marry at 27.9 years old on average, while women marry at 26.

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A couple that has been together for 30 years told INSIDER that you have to make your marriage a priority for it to last. “Like an orchid, it needs nurturing and care,” the wife said.


On average, men in Ohio marry at 29.4 years of age and women marry at 27.5.

Jeff Greenberg/ GettyCouple in Ohio.

In Ohio, 35% of men and 29% of women have never been married.


In Oklahoma, men get married at 27.3 on average and women marry at 25.6.

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However, Oklahoma has one of the highest divorce rates in the country, with 4.1 divorces per 1,000 people in 2017.

Fun fact: Parties have to wait at least six months before remarrying.


On average, men in Oregon marry at 29.5 years old, and women at 27.6.

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In the Beaver State, 50.7% of men and 48.55 of women are married.

In Oregon, there is only one legal ground for divorce. Your marriage can be dissolved “when irreconcilable differences between the parties have caused the irremediable breakdown of the marriage/domestic partnership,” according to HG.org.


In Pennsylvania, men get married at 30.1 years on average, while women marry at 28.5.

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In 2017, Pennsylvania had 32,777 divorces, and it has been decreasing since 2012.


In Rhode Island, men marry at 30.4 years old on average, and women marry at 29.2.

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Either spouse has to have lived in Rhode Island for at least one year to get divorced here.


On average, the men in South Carolina marry at 29.4, and women marry at 27.6.

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In South Carolina, 35.1% of men and 29.4% of women have never been married.


In South Dakota, men marry at 27.4 years on average, and women marry at 26.

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There are about 52.2% of married people in South Dakota.

In South Dakota, spouses can be served their divorce summons via newspaper.


On average, men in Tennessee marry at 28.3 years old and women marry at 26.6.

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However, in 2017, there were 3.5 divorces per 1,000 people in Tennessee.


In Texas, men typically marry at 28.5 on average and women marry at 26.6 years old.

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With only 2.2 divorces per 1,000 people in Texas in 2017, it’s on the low side in terms of the national divorce rate.

Further, most courts in Texas will not finalise a divorce while a spouse is pregnant.


On average, men in Utah get married at 26.2 years old and at 24.2 for women.

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In Utah, about 56.1% of people have said their “I dos.”

Utah is one of the quicker states in which to obtain a divorce, as the mandatory waiting period between filing and finalization is 30 days. According to Utah courts, a party can even ask to completely waive the waiting period, depending on their situation.


In Vermont, men marry at 30.5 years old on average and at 28.1 for women.

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In Vermont, 34.3% of men and 28% of women have never been married.


On average, men in Virginia marry at 29.4 years old and at 27.4 years old for women.

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On the other hand, Virginia had three divorces per 1,000 people in 2017 – one of the highest rates in the nation. Maybe Virginia isn’t actually for lovers.


In Washingtonstate, men marry on average at 29.2 years of age, with women marrying at 26.9.

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Washington saw 3.4 divorces per 1,000 people last year.


On average, men in West Virginia marry at 28.5 years old and women wed at 26.4.

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But, in 2017, there were 3.5 divorces for every 1,000 people in West Virginia.


In Wisconsin, men marry at 29.5 years of age, while women wed at 27.5, on average.

Jeff Greenberg/ GettyCouple in Wisconsin.

In Wisconsin, 51.7% of men and 50% of women are married.

There is a 120-day waiting period to get divorced, and neither party can remarry anywhere in the world for at least six months.


In Wyoming, men get married at 27.8 years on average, while women marry at 25.6.

Nina Raingold/ GettyCouple in Wyoming.

However, Wyoming has one of the highest divorce rates in the country, with 4 divorces per 1,000 people in 2017.

In Wyoming, one party must serve the other via the sheriff.

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