At an average of 2.9 years, Southerners date about 5 months less than the average American before slipping a shiny ring on a finger.On average, women (27.2 years) tend to be 1.5 years younger than their partner (28.7 years) at the time of engagement.of the year to get engaged, trailing only Christmas (December 24th-25th) and New Year’s Eve (December 31st).Winter, in general, seems to induce men and women to pop the question, as 30% of all engagements occur in November and December.Today’s generations are looking (exhaustively) for soul mates, whether we decide to hit the altar or not, and we have more opportunities than ever to find them.The biggest changes have been brought by the .4 billion online-dating industry, which has exploded in the past few years with the arrival of dozens of mobile apps.About 2.2% of Americans get engaged under the age of 20, 74% in their 20s, 15% in their mid-30s (30-34), and about 8% at the age of 35 or older.
Furthermore, the median amount of time a couple dates before the proposal is 3.3 years.But as we found, these numbers vary based on where you live.Overall, Americans tend to move pretty quickly: nearly half of all engagements occur two years or less into a relationship. I asked my dad about this experience, and here’s how he described it: he told his parents he was ready to get married, so his family arranged meetings with three neighboring families. That’s how my dad decided on the person with whom he was going to spend the rest of his life. I am perpetually indecisive about even the most mundane things, and I couldn’t imagine navigating such a huge life decision so quickly. Happily so—and probably more so than most people I know who had nonarranged marriages.In the West, the relatively high percentage of younger engagements might be partially explained by Utah, where 60% of the population are of the Mormon faith.