Average dating time before marriage statistics
In the South and West regions, data is split fairly evenly amongst the three categories, while in the Northeast over half of the respondents dated for over three years before getting engaged.
We also found that 30% of all respondents dated their partners for at least 5 years before getting engaged.
On the other hand, brides who were engaged at the age of 35 or older dated an average of 40 months, or 3.33 years.
For those who got engaged at age 20 or younger, the majority across all regions dated between one and three years.
Women between the ages of 21 and 35 spend 46 months, or 3.83 years, dating their partners before the proposal, while women aged 35 or older typically date for 40 months, or 3.33 years.
Our results provided an interesting insight into the way couples behave all over the United States.
We also found that the majority of our sample size was between the ages of 21 and 35 when they were proposed to, and they dated an average of 46 months, or 3.83 years, before the proposal.
Brides who were engaged at the age of 20 or younger are likely to date the shortest amount of time before getting engaged (29 months, or 2.42 years).
Ted Huston, a leading researcher on transitions in relationships, marriage and parenthood, followed couples for 13 years starting in 1979.
These couples usually made it to their seventh anniversary before divorcing sometime later.
Is there a difference between couples that met recently and those in Huston’s study?
Further, the fact that women who get engaged at 35 or older tend to date for a shorter period of time than those aged 21 to 35 falls in line the concept that as you get older and become more experienced, you know what you want and what you’re looking for.
This reduces the amount of time necessary to determine whether or not your partner is The One.