30% of men and 22% of women between 30-34 have never tied the knot, which is more than 3 times the rate in 1970. Part of the reason for the growing single population is the high rate at which men and women are delaying marriage. According to the Census Bureau, the average age of first marriage for women is now twenty-five, and for men twenty-seven. This is the first time in U.S. history both sexes are choosing to marry so late.
Huh? SO LATE? REALLY? I was shocked when I read this statistic that only 22% of my peers have never ties the knot, but then again when I consider my friends from high school and college…a quick count shows that 15 are married and 8 are not. Of course, we are not all yet 34. And I did a quick overview of my gmail address book (people in that age groupish) and I found these statistics.
25-I Do (still…)
3- I Do (really soon)
2- I Did (and regret it)
*30* Marrieds vs. *20* Not Yets
So in my world 1/3 of my friends/acquaintances my age(ish) are not married. A wee bit higher than the statistic above shows.
Is 25 considered LATE to get married in this day and age? In my experience I would think that the article would say 35. Or maybe it is just me.