In the West, the relatively high percentage of younger engagements might be partially explained by Utah, where 60% of the population are of the Mormon faith.
In the Mormon culture, young marriages are In our map above (“At What Age Do Couples Get Engaged?
Much has changed in the last thirty years, and those in my study are still reporting general satisfaction in their marriages.
There is actually a lower divorce rate now than in the 80s, and what marriage means on a societal level is also changing.
of the year to get engaged, trailing only Christmas (December 24th-25th) and New Year’s Eve (December 31st).
Winter, in general, seems to induce men and women to pop the question, as 30% of all engagements occur in November and December.
After compiling these responses, we sorted them by geographic region (West, Midwest, South, and Northeast).
At an average of 2.9 years, Southerners date about 5 months less than the average American before slipping a shiny ring on a finger.
On average, women (27.2 years) tend to be 1.5 years younger than their partner (28.7 years) at the time of engagement.
About 2.2% of Americans get engaged under the age of 20, 74% in their 20s, 15% in their mid-30s (30-34), and about 8% at the age of 35 or older.
While there is little variation in female engagement age in the West, Midwest and South, women in the Northeast get engaged slightly later: there is nearly a one year differential between them (27.8 years) and women in the South (26.9 years).
Ted Huston, a leading researcher on transitions in relationships, marriage and parenthood, followed couples for 13 years starting in 1979.