It’s not that any of us need to achieve things by a strict age or they become entirely worthless (remember: an accomplishment is still accomplished if you do it after 30. Calm down), but it’s nice to have a loose timeline.
And if we’re making that loose timeline, we’d better make sure that every age on there has been chosen correctly for maximum happiness. We’re just being efficient, you know?
So while we’re not really that eager to get hitched any time soon (sorry, line of potential husbands queuing outside my door, getting a cat is my top priority for now), it’s still worth knowing the exact age to get married for the highest likelihood of a long, happy marriage. Not that we’re even sure if marriage is for us. Whatever.
A recent study from the University of Utah revealed that the best time to get married is when you’re between the ages of 28 and 32.
Couples who got married in this age range were found to be less likely to get divorced in the first five years after the wedding. Hooray.
Now, to be clear, getting married before the age of 28 isn’t a way to get ahead on that trend and be a massive marriage overachiever.
Being older OR younger than that age window when you get married will increase your likelihood of getting divorced. On a graph, the likelihood of divorce based on age is essentially an upside down curve. The odds of divorce decline as you get older than 15 – which makes sense, as few marriages that are formed as teenagers end up lasting – then the odds move back up as you pass the age of 32. For each year after 32, the chance of divorce goes up by about 5%. Whoa.
This may be because if you’re settling down at 32, you may have been single for a while and settled in certain single behaviour, making it harder for a marriage to work.
Of course, this is one study of statistical trends. While you’re more likely to have a successful marriage if you tie the knot in your late twenties/early thirties, there are plenty of couples who married earlier or later and stay together.