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States where people get married the youngest

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    States where people get married the youngest

    Ah, to be young and in love–there is nothing quite like it.  Throughout the ages, finding a partner and settling down has been one of life’s greatest rites of passage, as young adults routinely listed finding a husband or wife as a top reason for attending college. But the times they are a-changin', and marriage rates have been in decline for decades, currently stagnating around 7% annually–their lowest in recorded history.

    Still, though the national average may be affected by changing attitudes towards marriage across the country, looking at more granular state-by-state data shows how different American life can be from region to region. Indeed, the average age for marriage in some states is a full four years younger than others, accounting for over a 20% difference in median age of marriage.

    To help depict trends across the country, Stacker analyzed census data from the 2016 American Community Survey on median age at first marriage. The census surveyed first marriage ages for both males and females and reported the median age for both genders in each state (including Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico), and the average of these was used to generate the overall value for ranking each state. Read on to see where your state stacks up.

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    #52. Washington D.C.

    Average median age at first marriage: 30.3 (6.1% above national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 30.3 (2.7% above national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 30.3 (9.8% above national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 0 years

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    #51. Rhode Island

    Average median age at first marriage: 30.2 (5.8% above national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 30.7 (4.1% above national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 29.6 (7.2% above national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 1.1 years

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    #50. New York

    Average median age at first marriage: 30.2 (5.8% above national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 30.8 (4.4% above national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 29.5 (6.9% above national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 1.3 years

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    #49. Massachusetts

    Average median age at first marriage: 30.2 (5.8% above national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 30.8 (4.4% above national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 29.6 (7.2% above national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 1.2 years

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    #48. Puerto Rico

    Average median age at first marriage: 30 (5.1% above national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 30.8 (4.4% above national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 29.2 (5.8% above national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 1.6 years

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    #47. Connecticut

    Average median age at first marriage: 29.9 (4.7% above national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 30.7 (4.1% above national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 29.1 (5.4% above national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 1.6 years

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    #46. New Jersey

    Average median age at first marriage: 29.8 (4.4% above national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 30.6 (3.7% above national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 29 (5.1% above national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 1.6 years

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    #45. Vermont

    Average median age at first marriage: 29.5 (3.3% above national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 30.6 (3.7% above national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 28.3 (2.5% above national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 2.3 years

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    #44. Maryland

    Average median age at first marriage: 29.4 (3% above national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 30.2 (2.4% above national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 28.6 (3.6% above national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 1.6 years

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    #43. Florida

    Average median age at first marriage: 29.3 (2.6% above national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 30.3 (2.7% above national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 28.3 (2.5% above national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 2 years

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    #42. Delaware

    Average median age at first marriage: 29.3 (2.6% above national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 30.2 (2.4% above national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 28.4 (2.9% above national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 1.8 years

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    #41. California

    Average median age at first marriage: 29.3 (2.6% above national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 30.3 (2.7% above national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 28.3 (2.5% above national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 2 years

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    #40. Pennsylvania

    Average median age at first marriage: 29.2 (2.3% above national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 30 (1.7% above national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 28.4 (2.9% above national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 1.6 years

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    #39. Illinois

    Average median age at first marriage: 29.2 (2.3% above national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 30 (1.7% above national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 28.4 (2.9% above national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 1.6 years

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    #38. New Hampshire

    Average median age at first marriage: 29 (1.6% above national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 30.1 (2% above national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 27.9 (1.1% above national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 2.2 years

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    #37. Michigan

    Average median age at first marriage: 28.8 (0.9% above national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 29.8 (1% above national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 27.7 (0.4% above national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 2.1 years

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    #36. Oregon

    Average median age at first marriage: 28.6 (0.2% above national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 29.5 (matches national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 27.6 (matches national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 1.9 years

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    #35. South Carolina

    Average median age at first marriage: 28.5 (0.2% below national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 29.2 (1% below national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 27.7 (0.4% above national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 1.5 years

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    #34. Wisconsin

    Average median age at first marriage: 28.4 (0.5% below national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 29.3 (0.7% below national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 27.4 (0.7% below national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 1.9 years

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    #33. Ohio

    Average median age at first marriage: 28.4 (0.5% below national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 29.3 (0.7% below national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 27.4 (0.7% below national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 1.9 years

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    #32. Louisiana

    Average median age at first marriage: 28.4 (0.5% below national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 29.3 (0.7% below national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 27.5 (0.4% below national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 1.8 years

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    #31. Arizona

    Average median age at first marriage: 28.4 (0.5% below national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 29.4 (0.3% below national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 27.4 (0.7% below national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 2 years

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    #30. Minnesota

    Average median age at first marriage: 28.3 (0.9% below national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 29.3 (0.7% below national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 27.2 (1.4% below national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 2.1 years

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    #29. Maine

    Average median age at first marriage: 28.3 (0.9% below national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 29.4 (0.3% below national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 27.1 (1.8% below national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 2.3 years

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    #28. Virginia

    Average median age at first marriage: 28.2 (1.2% below national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 29.2 (1% below national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 27.2 (1.4% below national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 2 years

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    #27. Nevada

    Average median age at first marriage: 28.2 (1.2% below national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 29.2 (1% below national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 27.2 (1.4% below national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 2 years

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    #26. Hawaii

    Average median age at first marriage: 28.1 (1.6% below national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 28.6 (3.1% below national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 27.5 (0.4% below national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 1.1 years

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    #25. Georgia

    Average median age at first marriage: 28.1 (1.6% below national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 29 (1.7% below national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 27.2 (1.4% below national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 1.8 years

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    #24. North Carolina

    Average median age at first marriage: 28 (1.9% below national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 28.8 (2.4% below national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 27.1 (1.8% below national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 1.7 years

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    #23. Washington

    Average median age at first marriage: 27.9 (2.3% below national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 29 (1.7% below national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 26.8 (2.9% below national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 2.2 years

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    #22. Colorado

    Average median age at first marriage: 27.9 (2.3% below national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 28.9 (2% below national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 26.9 (2.5% below national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 2 years

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    #21. New Mexico

    Average median age at first marriage: 27.8 (2.6% below national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 28.4 (3.7% below national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 27.2 (1.4% below national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 1.2 years

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    #20. Montana

    Average median age at first marriage: 27.5 (3.7% below national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 28.6 (3.1% below national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 26.4 (4.3% below national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 2.2 years

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    #19. Missouri

    Average median age at first marriage: 27.5 (3.7% below national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 28.2 (4.4% below national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 26.8 (2.9% below national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 1.4 years

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    #18. Mississippi

    Average median age at first marriage: 27.5 (3.7% below national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 28.4 (3.7% below national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 26.6 (3.6% below national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 1.8 years

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    #17. Indiana

    Average median age at first marriage: 27.5 (3.7% below national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 28.4 (3.7% below national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 26.6 (3.6% below national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 1.8 years

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    #16. Alaska

    Average median age at first marriage: 27.5 (3.7% below national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 29 (1.7% below national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 26 (5.8% below national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 3 years

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    #15. Texas

    Average median age at first marriage: 27.4 (4.% below national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 28.3 (4.1% below national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 26.5 (4.% below national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 1.8 years

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    #14. Tennessee

    Average median age at first marriage: 27.4 (4.% below national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 28.2 (4.4% below national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 26.5 (4.% below national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 1.7 years

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    #13. West Virginia

    Average median age at first marriage: 27.2 (4.7% below national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 28.3 (4.1% below national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 26.1 (5.4% below national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 2.2 years

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    #12. Iowa

    Average median age at first marriage: 27.2 (4.7% below national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 28.1 (4.7% below national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 26.2 (5.1% below national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 1.9 years

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    #11. Nebraska

    Average median age at first marriage: 27.1 (5.1% below national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 28 (5.1% below national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 26.2 (5.1% below national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 1.8 years

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    #10. Alabama

    Average median age at first marriage: 27.1 (5.1% below national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 27.9 (5.4% below national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 26.3 (4.7% below national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 1.6 years

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    #9. Kentucky

    Average median age at first marriage: 26.9 (5.8% below national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 27.8 (5.8% below national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 25.9 (6.2% below national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 1.9 years

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    #8. North Dakota

    Average median age at first marriage: 26.8 (6.1% below national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 27.6 (6.4% below national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 25.9 (6.2% below national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 1.7 years

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    #7. Wyoming

    Average median age at first marriage: 26.7 (6.5% below national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 27.6 (6.4% below national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 25.7 (6.9% below national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 1.9 years

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    #6. South Dakota

    Average median age at first marriage: 26.7 (6.5% below national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 27.5 (6.8% below national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 25.9 (6.2% below national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 1.6 years

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    #5. Kansas

    Average median age at first marriage: 26.7 (6.5% below national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 27.5 (6.8% below national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 25.9 (6.2% below national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 1.6 years

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    #4. Oklahoma

    Average median age at first marriage: 26.4 (7.5% below national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 27.2 (7.8% below national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 25.5 (7.6% below national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 1.7 years

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    #3. Arkansas

    Average median age at first marriage: 26.3 (7.9% below national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 27.2 (7.8% below national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 25.4 (8.% below national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 1.8 years

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    #2. Idaho

    Average median age at first marriage: 25.8 (9.6% below national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 26.7 (9.5% below national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 24.9 (9.8% below national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 1.8 years

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    #1. Utah

    Average median age at first marriage: 25.2 (11.7% below national median)

    Male median age at first marriage: 26.2 (11.2% below national median)

    Female median age at first marriage: 24.2 (12.3% below national median)

    Difference between male and female medians: 2 years

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