All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Thursday, October 13, 2005

I Do, or At Least I Will Someday

A new Census Bureau study says that couples in the Northeast wait longer to get married. The median ages for Maine newlyweds are 26.6 years for men and 25.6 years for women—the lowest in New England. The national averages for first marriages are 26.7 years for men and 25.1 for women. Maine leads the nation in percentage of households with unmarried couples, at 7.3 percent.

David Popenoe, co-director of the National Marriage Project at Rutgers University, offers an explanation:
Later marriage is very strongly associated with higher levels of education. That's why people in the Northeast have such a late age of marriage.
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