National Center for Family and Marriage Research Family Profiles

Document Type

Report

Abstract

The median age at first marriage has increased over the last few decades. In 1950, on average, women married at age 20 and men at age 22. By 2018, the average age had increased to 28 for women and 30 for men (FP-19-06). The counterpart to the median age at first marriage is the median age at first divorce, which has also risen despite overall declines in the U.S. divorce rate (FP-19-23). For more information on marriage and divorce rate trends, see FP-19-22 and FP-19-23. This profile uses the 2018 American Community Survey, 1-year estimates to examine the median age at first divorce for men and women by race/ethnicity and educational attainment, beginning with an overall trend figure comparing median ages at marriage and divorce for men and women. This profile is an update to FP-17-03.

Publication Date

2020

Publisher

National Center for Family and Marriage Research

DOI

https://doi.org/10.25035/ncfmr/fp-20-18

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