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Best Age to Get Married

Is There a Right Age to Get Married?

We're happy to present this excerpt from one of our favorite sites, YourTango. According to the US Census Bureau, the average woman gets married at 27.

When Justin Bieber made comments last year about hoping to married by age 25, Oprah had some advice: "25's too young" because your 20s are about "discovering who you really are, and you owe that to yourself." And maybe she's right — after all, according to a report from the US Census Bureau, from 2005-09 the average age of first marriage is 27 for women and 29 for men.

Never mind that the Bieber is Canadian and that eight states had an average bridal age at or below 25, with the average gal in Idaho tying the knot as young as 23.2 (Washington DC fell at the other end of the spectrum, with an average bridal age of 29.7). A closer look at the data shows that 44 states have an average bridal age that falls at or below the national average of 27, while the median age is 25.9.

I was a little surprised that my home state of Texas (coming in at 25.2) wasn't younger. After all, I'm used to a "ring by Spring" culture that refers to girls getting engagement rings by the Spring of their junior or senior year in college and planning weddings for the Summer or two after. I'm not surprised, however, that my current state — New York, where careers trump marriage — comes in third-to-last with an average age of 28.4.

When it comes to the age variance, Larry Michael, dating coach and host of the Larry Love Show, thinks looking at "education, occupation, and the focus on establishing an occupation prior to getting married" could be some of the biggest factors. And Michael tends to agree with Oprah that age 25 is "pretty young for marriage, especially given the complexities with marriage these days," stating that "there's a huge growth curve that goes on through our entire life, and to get married young complicates it."

While he thinks the 20s are a young age for marriage, Michael recognizes that if your priorities are focused on starting a family at a young age, that's another factor that affects marrying ages.

For the rest of the tips, head to YourTango: Is There a Right Age to Get Married?

— Ashleigh Schmitz

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