Age at first marriage

Age at first marriage

This is an incomplete list of the average ages of people when they first marry in various countries. This list is current (from year 2000 or later) and does not treat the topic in history.

Because the age distribution of the marriageable population is skewed,[1] the median age is a more precise representation of the average age. However, for most reporting sources, only the mean ages are given. A still more accurate and precise method of representation, one not distorted by either omitting unmarried people from the sample or falsely treating their current age as their age of first marriage, is to take a sample of persons at each of a set of evenly spaced age increments, beginning with the age of legal eligibility of marriage and ending at the highest age for which a sufficiently large sample of living persons can be found, asking each member of each sample whether s/he has ever been married, and defining the average age of first marriage as the lowest age interval among whose members 50% or more answer "yes."

Contents

  • Americas 1
  • Asia 2
  • Europe 3
  • Oceania 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Americas

Country Men Women Average Year Source
 Brazil 28 26 27 2006 [2]
 Canada 31.1 29.1 30.1 2008 [3]
 Mexico 29 26 27.9 2011 [4]
 United States 29 27 28 2013 [5]

Asia

Country Men Women Average Year Source
 Indonesia 25.7 22.3 24 2010 [6]
 Hong Kong 31.2 28.9 30 2011 [7]
 Taiwan 32.0 29.7 30.8 2014 [8]
 China 24+ 22+ 23 2010 [9]
 India 28 22.2 24.1 2011 [10]
 Iran 27.4 22.1 24.8 2013 [11]
 Israel 31.5 28.8 28.2 2007 [12]
 Japan 30.9 29.3 29.7 2013 [13]
 Lebanon 32.8 28.8 30.8 2006 [14]
 Philippines 28 25.3 26.7 2011 [15]
 Singapore 30 28.5 29.3 2010 [16]
 South Korea 32.4 29.8 31.1 2014 [17]
 Tajikistan 26.2 22.4 24.3 2008 [12]
 Kazakhstan 26.8 24.1 25.5 2008 [12]
 Kyrgyzstan 26.7 23.4 25.1 2008 [12]
 Kuwait 27 27 27 2012 [6]
 Malaysia 28 25.7 26.9 2010 [18]
 Mongolia 26.2 24.2 25.2 2010 [19]
 Vietnam 26.2 22.8 24.5 2009 [20]
 Uzbekistan 25.2 22.4 23.8 2006 [12]

Europe

Country Men Women Year Source
 Albania 29.3 23.6 2011 [12]
 Austria 32.2 29.8 2012 [12]
 Azerbaijan 27.6 23.4 2011 [12]
 Armenia 29 25 2011 [12]
 Belarus 26.6 24.5 2011 [12]
 Belgium 32 29.6 2012 [12]
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 29.1 25.9 2011 [12]
 Bulgaria 30.6 27.5 2014 [21]
 Croatia 30.4 27.6 2011 [12]
 Czech Republic 32.4 29.6 2011 [22]
 Cyprus 30.9 29 2012 [12]
 Denmark 34.8 32.2 2012 [12]
 Estonia 30.4 27.9 2010 [12]
 Finland 33.1 30.9 2012 [12]
 France 31.8 30 2010 [12]
 Georgia 29.4 26 2011 [12]
 Germany 33.5 30.7 2012 [12]
 Greece 32.5 29.6 2012 [12]
 Hungary 31.8 29.1 2011 [12]
 Iceland 34.6 32.7 2011 [12]
 Ireland 33.2 31.6 2011 [12]
 Italy 33.8 30.8 2012 [12]
 Latvia 29.7 27.7 2011 [12]
 Lithuania 29 26.6 2011 [12]
 Luxembourg 31.9 29.8 2012 [12]
 Macedonia 28.3 25.4 2011 [12]
 Malta 29.9 27.8 2010 [12]
 Moldova 26 23 2010 [12]
 Montenegro 31 27 2011 [12]
 Netherlands 33.1 30.5 2013 [23]
 Norway 33.5 31.4 2012 [12]
 Poland 27.7 25.8 2011 [12]
 Portugal 31.4 29.9 2012 [12]
 Romania 29 26 2011 [12]
 Russia 27.4 24.9 2011 [24]
 Serbia 30.5 27.4 2011 [12]
 Slovakia 29.9 27.2 2011 [12]
 Slovenia 31 29 2011 [12]
 Spain 33.8 31.7 2012 [12]
 Sweden 35.6 33.1 2011 [12]
  Switzerland 31.8 29.5 2011 [12]
 Turkey 26.6 23.3 2011 [12]
 Ukraine 27.1 24.5 2010 [12]
 United Kingdom 33.1 30 2010 [12]

Oceania

Note: the age for Australia is the median, not the mean (average).
Country Men Women Median Year Source
 Australia 30.8 28.1 29.5 2012 [25]

See also

References

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics Family "Formation: Age at first marriage". 21 May 2011.
  2. ^
  3. ^ Family Life - Marriage / Indicators of Well-being in Canada
  4. ^ Matrimonios y divorcios (In Spanish).
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  6. ^ a b Age at First Marriage, Female - All Countries Quandl, Retrieved 3 July 2013
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  8. ^ LibertyTimes
  9. ^ People's Daily
  10. ^ MedIndia
  11. ^ Mardomsalari
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as United Nations Economic Commission for Europe "Mean age at first marriage by sex". Accessed 21 May 2011.
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  14. ^ Lebanese Women: A Diminishing Marriage Market - AUB Press Release http://staff.aub.edu.lb/~webbultn/v8n2/article21.htm
  15. ^ (Released: 27 March 2013) http://www.census.gov.ph/content/marriage-philippines-2011
  16. ^ Department of Statistics, Singapore [1]. Page 14, Accessed 28 August 2011.
  17. ^ Statistics Korea
  18. ^ Department of Statistics, Malaysia [2]. Accessed 8 November 2011.
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  21. ^ http://www.nsi.bgs/default/files/files/pressreleases/Population2014_en_2Y19BGI.pdf
  22. ^ Czech Statistical Office [3] "Snatecnost"]
  23. ^ {http://statline.cbs.nl/StatWeb/publication/?DM=SLEN&PA=37772eng&D1=0-47&D2=0,10,20,30,40,50,(l-1)-l&LA=EN&VW=T | Accessed September 21, 2013}
  24. ^ Why Russians are delaying tying the knot Accessed 25 November 2014.
  25. ^ https://aifs.gov.au/institute/info/charts/marriage/index.html#median

External links

  • United Nations World Marriage Patterns 2000
  • Europe: Eurostat numbers for 2006
  • Age at first marriage: interactive data visualizations