When it comes to love, we think age is just a number. It doesn’t matter if you’re 25 or 75 – two people in love are two people in love. However, one group has taken a look at the numbers of when people are getting married, and the success rates of those marriages. So what have they found?
The Institute of Family Studies and the perfect marriage age
Nicholas Wolfinger of The Institute of Family Studies took a look at data from the National Survey of Family Growth from 2006 to 2010. He considered the ages at which each partner got married and then graphed that against the numbers of those marriages that didn’t work out.
He found that, statistically speaking, the age at which to get married for the highest chance of a successful marriage is from 28 – 32.
That said, that’s only the sweet spot. The data also showed statistics that suggested that those who got married at 25 would have a better chance of success than those who married at 20, for example.
After 32, Mr Wolfinger found that the odds of an unsuccessful marriage rose by about 5 per cent each year.
How old are Australians when they get married?
According to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, couples here are already getting married within this time frame anyway.
The latest data – from 2013 – shows that there were 4,282 marriages here during the year. The majority of these marriages were first time weddings for most, with 81.3 per cent of brides and 79.7 per cent of grooms never having been married before.
As for ages, the average bride was aged 29.5 years, and the average groom was aged 31.5 years – both well within the curve of the ‘ideal’ age range for marriage.
Marriage ages through history
The age of couples when getting married has slowly risen over the years. Just five years ago, the average age for a woman to get married was 27.9 years, and for a man, this was 29.6 years, according to the ABS.
Going back further, the average age of Australian brides in 1990 was 24.3 years, and for grooms, it was 26.5 years.
Back in 1974, the ages continue to drop lower, with 20.9 for women and 23.3 for men, so there’s no doubt couples are waiting longer before committing to marriage.
So is there an ideal age for getting married?
Marriage is about making a commitment to the one you love for life. It’s not about hitting milestones, living up to the expectations of friends and family, or marrying just because everyone else is doing it, and most importantly – it’s not about age.
If you both feel ready to make that commitment, there’s no reason why you won’t enjoy a long and happy marriage.