Average time spent dating before marriage
It seems that this is at least in part driven by a much higher percentage of 35 year old men getting engaged in New York than 35 year old women.
So, you're head over heels for someone special and you've got marriage on the mind.
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.
People's attitudes toward marriage are also considerably different now compared with previous generations'.
We don't feel compelled to tie the knot, unlike many of our parents, with 83% saying they felt no pressure to marry and 84% having discussed it before the proposal.
Only 19% of women in the Northeast get engaged at age 24 or younger.
Meanwhile, in the South, this figure is more than double, at 43%.
(We're guessing financial reasons are behind the decision for many couples.)We're also getting married far later in life now than the previous generation, with the average first-time bride now 30.8 and groom 32.7 years old, compared with 22.6 and 24.6 years old in 1971, respectively.