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West Coast Marries Younger, East Coast Younger

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(CNN) - Men and women in the western half of the United States tend to marry younger than their counterparts in the Northeast, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center.

In three states -- Arkansas, Utah and Oklahoma -- women married the youngest, at an average age of 24. For men in those states, the average age was 26.

In the northeastern states of New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, men and women waited about four years longer to marry.

Education also appeared to influence the age of marriage. In states with higher numbers of college-educated adults, couples tended to wed at older ages, while the opposite was true in states with lower education levels.

A smaller share of Americans, however, are walking down the aisle, continuing a 50-year trend, the study said. The U.S. Census Bureau's 2008 American Community Survey showed 52 percent of men and 48 percent of women over the age of 15 are married.

Nevada, Maine and Oklahoma have the highest percentage of divorced adults. Arkansas and Oklahoma have the highest rates of people who have walked down the aisle at least three times.

 

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