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Marrying Young

Among the states, the lowest median age of marriage for women, 24, is found in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Idaho and Utah. States with larger shares of the thrice-married adults tend to be states where people marry young, such as Arkansas and Oklahoma. However, one exception is Utah, which does not rank high for three-plus marriages, but whose residents have among the youngest median ages at first marriage: 24 for women and 26 for men. By contrast, half the women in Connecticut, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia are age 28 or older at first marriage. These states rank low in the proportion of people who are married and also in the proportion of married adults who are on at least their third marriage. Read More