There are different categories of the marriage age.
There is an early marriage age, average marriage age and late marriage age.
Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia.“It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, white, black or Hispanic. The challenge, then, facing the United States is bridging the gap between the nearly universal aspiration to marry and the growing inability of poor and working-class Americans to access marriage,” said Wilcox.
That fewer millennials are choosing to marry is also a reflection of modern social attitudes that reject the institution as outdated.
It's time to embrace new ideas about romance and family — and acknowledge the end of traditional marriage as society's highest ideal, according to Kate Bolick, author of the 2011 Atlantic cover story, "All the Single Ladies," which sparked a national conversation.
Just recently popular comedian Sarah Silverman tweeted, “Why would I want the govt involved in my love life? It's barbaric.”Public disenchantment with marriage is reflected in national surveys.
The overall forces of biology, social needs and economics will never let some form of long-term partnership fade away, says Bentley University’s Dean of Arts and Sciences Daniel Everett.
The definition of marriage has been fluid over time and between cultures, he said.
Today an unprecedented portion of millennials will remain unmarried through age 40, a recent Urban Institute report predicted.
The marriage rate might drop to 70 percent -- a figure well below rates for boomers (91 percent), late boomers (87 percent) and Gen Xers (82 percent).