Wedding season just came to a close and you were probably pretty busy (and your bank account is probably pretty low). Of course, you’re expecting about four more “save the dates” from friends who recently got engaged. When does it all end?
We’ll you’ve probably got a couple more decades until most of your friend group is married, according to FiveThirtyEight. According to statistics, the largest share of women in the U.S. are married by age 48 (about 62 percent) and most men are married by age 70 (about 75 percent).
What’s with the huge age gap?
More than likely, it’s because women often marry at a young age and are coupled with older men. That also accounts for why the drop in marriage happens a lot later in life for men.
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Before you resign yourself to attending weddings well into your forties, these statistics aren’t set in stone. They’re based on Census Bureau numbers from 2013.
FiveThirtyEight notes that those numbers are a lot different from previous decades. In 1940, things moved a lot quicker. About 11 percent of men were married at 20 years old, but that jumped to 58 percent by age 26.
As for millennials, The Urban Institute figures that we are even less likely than previous generations to be married by age 40. That study was published last year, though, so it doesn’t take into account the increase of same-sex marriages, which are now legal in all 50 states.
If you do have to keep attending weddings into your forties, at least console yourself with two things: you’ll probably have enough money that it won’t be a huge financial burden to attend and the couple will also have more money, which means the wedding will at least have a great open bar.