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Average Age of Marriage for Americans Throughout History

The Marrying Age, Through the Ages

In 2008 the average American man got married at 28, and the average woman at 25. These facts got me wondering: how do these marrying ages compare to past generations?

I did some digging through US Census data, and found some trends. See if you can guess at what ages Americans, past and present, like to tie the knot!


The Marrying Age, Through the Ages

In 1890, at what age did the average man get married?

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Sugarpie22 Sugarpie22 8 years
1/5 !! how shameful! im quite surprised i got the last one wrong ! oh well......
Amanda-La Amanda-La 8 years
Wow, I was married at 18 and thought that was normal.....
CheapYetChic CheapYetChic 8 years
I think it's easy to forget, in today's era, how frequently young women married much older men. Until the past 50 or 60 years, there were very few ways for women to support themselves economically; we should realize how lucky we are to have so many options!
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 8 years
mariellester, marriage records have been kept for much longer than 150 years. where have you people been studying history?
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 8 years
I got 4/5 =p good guessing 26 seems like middle age in the 1890's, telane? seriously??
kythera kythera 8 years
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
I got one right! :oops:
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
0/5... so sad.
French-Kiss French-Kiss 8 years
3/4, correct ^^
AZDaisy AZDaisy 8 years
Err...I thought question 3 was a trick question, it seemed so obvious. 4/5.
specialksgurl specialksgurl 8 years
good quiz!
marielleaster marielleaster 8 years
Oh, I actually wasn't that surprised that the marriage age hasn't been in the teens since records have been kept, which is why I put that down as my answer. I mean, that's only since 100-150 yrs, right? And probably widowers remarrying are also taken into account seeing as how it's an average. Dunno, makes sense to me really...
cdelaney cdelaney 8 years
hmmm..the last question surprised me.
dm8bri dm8bri 8 years
2/5 - I really thought teens would be average somewhere in the past...
nancita nancita 8 years
This was fascinating, despite the fact that my performance was woeful.
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 8 years
3/5 for guessing - surprised about the last question. My sense was wrong I guess.
telane telane 8 years
4/5.... Not too bad for guessing :0) Haha. I was really surprised some of my answers were right, though! I got the first wrong, though - 26 seems like it would be pretty old (like middle age?) in the 1890's.
Molly Molly 8 years
Wow, I got zero right. Way to go me.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I bombed. Ha.
amelioratelj amelioratelj 8 years
I'm very surprised that the marriage age has not been in the teens since records have been kept- All my grandparents and great grandparents were married before 20!
Zivanod Zivanod 8 years
3/5 I'm surprised I got the last one wrong. I would have assumed that earlier in the century, the average age would have been in the teens. I know that my grandparents and even my mom's older siblings were all teenagers when they married.
VicVicVictooriaa VicVicVictooriaa 8 years
ugh 4/5, i should have got question 4 nana got married at 19 and i always thought the average age would be around there...i guessed 18 rather than 20. lame.
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