Dalrock has asked “Which sex is driving delayed marriage in the US?”
This got me to have a look at the ONS (Office of National Statistics) here in Britain to have a look at our statistics. The following table has been extracted from the ONS statistics table, and looks solely at median age on marriage.
Table 1 Median age at marriage
England and Wales Age
Year Men Women Difference
1981 25.9 23.4 2.5
1991 28.4 26.3 2.1
1999 31.6 29.4 2.2
2001 32.1 29.9 2.2
2005 33.6 31.1 2.5
2006 33.7 31.1 2.6
2007 33.7 31.1 2.6
2008 33.6 31.0 2.6
2009 33.4 30.8 2.6
The data is also analysed by marital status and the difference of median age on first marriage is always the lowest, divorcees is always the mid value and widows and widowers always the highest.
As always with statistics, the standard caution: correlation is not indicative of causality.
I may come back to these statistics, and some related ones later.
I realise that the layout is not at all good, but I will come to resolve the layout issues after the weekend, since we have a major outing looming in the next couple of hours.