Good news for female college grads who tie the knot later.
In a recent post by The Atlantic Monthly, the University of Virginia's National Marriage Project reports college educated women make more money when they delay marriage. The figures say it all — women who went to college and marry around 30 make 56 percent more than if they marry at 20. That's a dramatic difference in income.
This gap is much smaller for females who don't get a degree, with women who marry later earning 22 percent more than those who get hitched by 20.
Men who marry early earn more money regardless of education.
On the other hand, the absolute opposite is true for the guys. Men who tie the knot in their youth, college educated or not, make more money than the guys who don't commit. So, for the male population, marriage means more income!
Getting hitched later reduces divorce rate in United States.
In the United States, women on average tie the knot the first time at 27 and 29 for men. That's quite a bit older than the trends from 1990 when the average age for a first wedding was 23 for women and 26 for men.
The report entitled "Knot Yet, The Benefits and Costs of Delayed Marriage in America" draws another whopper of a conclusion — getting married later has actually dropped the U.S. divorce rate vs. the early 1980s. As a dating coach for women, I find that to be such encouraging news.
Don't worry if you haven't married yet.
So, for all you women out there in your late 20s and early 30s who are worried about getting married — this is good news. First you are likely to make more money than women who married younger. Second, when you do find the right guy and marry, you have a better chance of staying married. That is something to feel very optimistic about! Keep reading ...
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