Good news, single ladies! You are actually giving yourselves more economic benefits by putting off marriage. On average, brides are 26.5 years old and grooms are 28.7 when they head to the altar, according to the authors of the report, “Knot Yet,”which was released Friday by the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia. According to the study, young people who finish their education, get established in their careers and then get married are better off financially. This explains how the women on Sex & the City were able to dress so well.
The marriage delay helps both women and men but it helps the ladies even more (plus one!) FromThe LA Times:
“Those who finish college and get married after turning 30 earn $18,152 more per year, on average, than women who marry in their 20s or teens. Even women who are high school graduates but don’t finish college earn $4,052 more per year, on average, than women who marry when they’re younger.”
Plus, when you get married later, it usually means you will stay married, according to the report. People who get married when they are over the age of 30 may know themselves better than their younger counterparts and will be more mature in their relationship. An estimated 40% of marriages end up in divorce, down from 50% 30 years ago.