Statistics on marriage and length of dating
But as we found, these numbers vary based on where you live.Overall, Americans tend to move pretty quickly: nearly half of all engagements occur two years or less into a relationship.Figure 1 shows the changing trend in the number of divorces since 1933, as well as changes in the number of marriages.The number of divorces generally increased between 1933 and the early 1990s as a result of changes in behaviour and attitudes.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.
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, we surveyed 1,000 recently-engaged Weddington Way customers (all women), posing questions like: How old were you when you got engaged? And, how long were you dating prior to your engagement?After compiling these responses, we sorted them by geographic region (West, Midwest, South, and Northeast).Back to table of contents In 2013, the number of divorces in England and Wales decreased by 2.9% to 114,720 compared with 118,140 in 2012.Following a decline in the number of divorces between 20 (from 153,065 to 113,949) there was a 4.9% increase in divorces in 2010.
The decrease in marriages may be due to the increasing number of couples choosing to cohabit rather than enter into marriage (Cohabitation and Marriage in Britain since the 1970s (283.5 Kb Pdf)).