Most people have a target age in their head for when they want to be married — but what’s the best age to tie the knot if you want your marriage to go off without a hitch?
Research by the University of Utah has revealed that you should get married at some point between the ages of 28 and 32 to boost the chances of a lasting marriage.
The study came up with the four-year age range after analyzing data from the 2006-10 and 2011-13 National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG).
Led by researcher Nick Wolfinger, the study goes against the idea that the older you get married, the less likely it is that you’ll end up divorced.
Instead, researchers found that the divorce risk is higher when you’re younger, before reducing steadily toward your late 20s and early 30s.
As soon as you’re past the just-right “Goldilocks zone” of 28-32, the divorce risk then starts to increase again, with a higher chance the older you get.
This could be because people who wait longer to get married are generally pickier — so there’s less chance they will ever be satisfied in their eventual marriage.
Wolfinger, a sociologist, writes that the 28-32 rule holds true regardless of your background and where you live.
He said the findings apply “even after controlling for respondents’ sex, race, family structure of origin, age at the time of the survey, education, religious tradition, religious attendance, and sexual history, as well as the size of the metropolitan area that they live in.”
However, the most common age to get married at is just outside of this Goldilocks zone, according to new research by Hitched.com.
Among women, 33 is the most common age, while 34 is the most common age for men — putting both sexes just past the ideal 28-32 range.
SRC: NEWYORK POST