The Psychology of When People Marry


Although the number of individuals marrying today compared to 50 years ago is lower per 1,000, by no means is marriage becoming a thing of the past.  Don’t believe the hype that there are no men out there for women to marry.  The reality of studies conducted by The Center for Disease Control as of 2002 are in part presented below.

  • Number of marriages: 2,077,000
  • Marriage rate: 6.8 per 1,000 total population
  • Divorce rate: 3.4 per 1,000 population (44 reporting States and D.C.)
The marriage rate as of 2002 of 6.8% per 1,000 exceeds the divorce rate of 3.4% per 1,000 as of 2002.

71% of men and 79% of females between the ages of 25 and 44 have never been married.  An exciting finding shows that by age 40 about 81% of men and 86% of women will get married and surprisingly a larger percentage of females than men who are age 35 to 44 will marry by age 35.

The probability of first marriage by age 18 is low for both men and women: 6% for women and 2% for men.

There is a 50% probability that women will have married for the first time by the age of 25. Not until age 27 is there a 50% probability that men will have married for the first time.

The probability of first marriage by age 30 is 74% for women and 61% for men.

The probability of first marriage by age 40 is 86% for women and 81% for men.

Women have higher probabilities than men of experiencing a first marriage by each age shown, except at age 40 (where the difference is not statistically significant).

Now that you have more factual information please refrain from panic simply because you are not married by the age of 30 or 35.  Notice how high the probability jumps by age 40 for men and women.

What are some of the “old maid” stories you have heard or told regarding the cutoff age for getting married?


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