Special Report

States Where Couples Have Been Married the Longest

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31. North Dakota
> Median duration of current marriage (2019): 19.8 years
> Median age at first marriage (male): 28.6 — 13th youngest
> Median age at first marriage (female): 26.0 — 6th youngest
> Widowed, as of 2019: 5.8% — 25th oldest
> 25-35 pop: 15.4% (117,574 total) — 4th oldest
> 18-62 pop: 57.6% (439,254 total) — 18th oldest
> 65 and over pop: 15.8% (120,177 total) — 8th youngest

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30. North Carolina
> Median duration of current marriage (2019): 19.9 years
> Median age at first marriage (male): 30.0 — 23rd oldest
> Median age at first marriage (female): 27.9 — 23rd youngest
> Widowed, as of 2019: 5.9% — 24th oldest
> 25-35 pop: 13.4% (1,401,663 total) — 25th oldest
> 18-62 pop: 57.8% (6,062,704 total) — 17th oldest
> 65 and over pop: 16.7% (1,750,935 total) — 24th youngest

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29. Kansas
> Median duration of current marriage (2019): 20.0 years
> Median age at first marriage (male): 28.5 — 9th youngest
> Median age at first marriage (female): 26.2 — 7th youngest
> Widowed, as of 2019: 6.0% — 18th oldest
> 25-35 pop: 13.0% (377,373 total) — 15th youngest
> 18-62 pop: 55.7% (1,621,620 total) — 11th youngest
> 65 and over pop: 16.4% (477,996 total) — 21st youngest

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28. Nebraska
> Median duration of current marriage (2019): 20.1 years (tied)
> Median age at first marriage (male): 28.0 — 6th youngest
> Median age at first marriage (female): 26.6 — 10th youngest
> Widowed, as of 2019: 5.4% — 14th youngest
> 25-35 pop: 13.3% (257,931 total) — 26th youngest
> 18-62 pop: 55.5% (1,074,473 total) — 9th youngest
> 65 and over pop: 16.1% (312,295 total) — 16th youngest

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27. Missouri
> Median duration of current marriage (2019): 20.1 years (tied)
> Median age at first marriage (male): 29.0 — 16th youngest
> Median age at first marriage (female): 27.2 — 17th youngest
> Widowed, as of 2019: 6.3% — 14th oldest
> 25-35 pop: 13.4% (823,722 total) — 24th oldest
> 18-62 pop: 56.4% (3,461,169 total) — 20th youngest
> 65 and over pop: 17.2% (1,057,943 total) — 23rd oldest

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