Marriage by the Numbers

Family Profile No. 14, 2019
Authors: Wendy D. Manning & Krista K. Payne

Summer is the season for weddings in the United States. It is a time for celebrating and bringing together family and friends. Here are some marriage facts to help newlyweds understand more about their new marital status.
Number of Marriages
  • In 2017, there were 2,236,496 marriages in the U.S.1
Number of Married Couples
  • There were over 63.7 million married couples in the U.S. in 2018.2
Share of the Adult Population Who Are Married
  • About one-half of the U.S. adult population is currently married.2
Median Age at 1st Marriage
  • The median at first marriage is approaching 30 years for men and 28 years for women.3
Share of Marriages That Are Remarriages
  • Among women who married in 2017, 27% were entering a remarriage.4
Recent Family Profiles on Marriage
  • High School Seniors’ Ideal Time for Marriage, 2017
  •  High School Seniors’ Expectations to Marry, 2017
  • High School Seniors’ Attitudes Toward Cohabitation as a Testing Ground for Marriage, 2017
  • First Marriage vs. Remarriage in the U.S., 2017
  • Median Age at First Marriage: Geographic Variation, 2017
  • Median Age at First Marriage, 2017
  • Age Variation in the First Marriage Rate, 1990 & 2017
  • Marriage-to-Divorce Ratio in the U.S.: Geographic Variation, 2017
  • Marriage Rate in the U.S.: Geographic Variation, 2017

Suggested Citation:
Manning, W. D. & Payne, K. K. (2019). Marriage by the numbers. Family Profiles, FP-19-14. Bowling Green, OH: National Center for Family & Marriage Research. https://doi.org/10.25035/ncfmr/fp-19-14.

  1. CDC/NCHS National Vital Statistics System
  2. IPUMS-CPS, University of Minnesota, www.ipums.org
  3. U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, March and Annual Social and Economic Supplements, link
  4. Schweizer, 2019 FP-19-08