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Costs and Benefits of Delayed Marriage: Report

Hank Knaack

In this cleverly titled report "Knot Yet," from teams at both The Relate Institute and National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia there are many interesting trends but a few stand out take aways: 1) Women enjoy an annual income premium up to $18,152 a year if they wait until 30 or later to marry; 2) By the age of 25, 44% of women have had their first child; 3) 52% of married men report they are “highly satisfied” with their life, compared to 35% of single men.

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  • Hillary Newman

    Hank, I'm happy you decided to share this. I really connected with this passage,
    "Culturally, young adults have increasingly come to see marriage as a “capstone” rather than a “cornerstone”—that is, something they do after they have all their other ducks in a row, rather than a foundation for launching into adulthood and parenthood." I'm seeing this take place across my friends, and while we aren't discussing it in these terms perse, it's clear that my friends are thinking about marriage differently.

    • Hank Knaack

      I am in that period of life when I'm having this discussion more and more with my peers, as engagements and grad schools become updated over Facebook... Another interesting section I thought was the history behind age of marriage; Society tends to hail the 1950s as a standard when in fact it was an anomaly. The US/Anglo marriage age has been generally older than other countries, in 1900 the median age being 23 (women) and 26 (men).

  • Ben Goldhirsh

    this is awesome. and fascinating. how'd you come across this? you involved in it's creation?

    • Hank Knaack

      I wish. I have a friend studying public health who came across this and thought I'd be interested. So I wanted to share it as well!