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Published May 27 2012

Marriage statistics

While the average age of men marrying for the first time slowly decreased from 26.1 years in 1890 to 22.5 in the late 1950s, the trend for women has been a steady increase from 22.0 years in 1890 to 26.5 years, in 2011, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Men’s average age at their first marriage rose to 28.7 in 2011.

Across the Atlantic in the United Kingdom, the average age of men and women at the time of their first marriage in 2008 surpasses the U.S. by almost 10 years.

The average age for U.K. men was 36.5, compared with U.S. men, who were 27.6 at the time of their first marriage.

In 2008, median age for U.K. women at the time of their first marriage was 33.8, while in the U.S., women averaged 25.9 years old when they walked down the aisle.

Source: Divorce.org and the U.S. Census Bureau