3310.0 - Marriages and Divorces, Australia, 2008 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/08/2009   
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MEDIAN AGE AT MARRIAGE

The median age of people married in 2008 was 31.6 years for males and 29.3 years for females.

Until recently median age at marriage was increasing gradually over time for both males and females. From 1989 to 2006 the median age at marriage increased by 3.64 years for males and 3.58 years for females. Since 2006, the median age for males has remained at 31.6 years. The median age for females has been stable at 29.3 years since 2005.

Median age at marriage, 1989-2008
Graph: Median age at marriage,  1989–2008


The median age of people getting married for the first time is slightly lower than total median age. In 2008, median age of males married for the first time was 29.6 years, and 27.7 years for females. By comparison, in 1989 the median age at first marriage was 26.3 years for males and 24.2 years for females showing a gradual increase in the age profile of marrying couples since this time.

Median age at first marriage, 1989-2008
Graph: Median age at first marriage,  1989–2008








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