Statistics on length of dating before engagement
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.
Winter, in general, seems to induce men and women to pop the question, as 30% of all engagements occur in November and December.Meanwhile, in the South, this figure is more than double, at 43%.Men in the Northeast present a similar case, with nearly 10% less engagements below age 24.The total average time living together before marriage totals to a whole 3.5 years.Some other interesting stats come out of the research - with people having two serious relationships on average before settling down with their 'One'.About 2.2% of Americans get engaged under the age of 20, 74% in their 20s, 15% in their mid-30s (30-34), and about 8% at the age of 35 or older.
While there is little variation in female engagement age in the West, Midwest and South, women in the Northeast get engaged slightly later: there is nearly a one year differential between them (27.8 years) and women in the South (26.9 years).
Plus, apparently women get married on average at the age of 30.8 (compared with 22.6 years old in the 70s).
Grooms are also older than their bell-bottom wearing counterparts: 32.7 is the average age for men to get married, which is 8 years older than men in the 1970s.
Also there was good news from the couples, 95% (who is in that 5%? ) of whom recommended getting married and 85% said it only made their relationship stronger.
Whether you’ve been together for several months or years, you might be considering the big question: How long should you date before getting engaged?
This is primarily driven by New York and Pennsylvania, where our average respondent’s engagement age hovered around 28 years old.