First and foremost, we found that the average length of a relationship before engagement is 44 months, or 3.67 years.
On the other hand, brides who were engaged at the age of 35 or older dated an average of 40 months, or 3.33 years.
For those who got engaged at age 20 or younger, the majority across all regions dated between one and three years.
Something interesting to note is that the remainder of those in this age group were split fairly evenly between dating for less than one year and more than three years when they got engaged.
We are constantly reminded of the pressures of getting married, settling down and starting a family.
Not only does the media continually portray this path as the norm, but the people we surround ourselves with also provide a benchmark for when we think we should be getting engaged.
Some publications have determined that the average couple dates for a mere 25 months (just over 2 years) before the question is popped, while others find that couples date for just under 3 years before getting engaged.
There’s a lot of societal pressure on what’s considered normal in the dating and marriage world, so we decided to conduct a survey to find out what’s really going on.
We surveyed a random sample of 2,072 females in the United States aged 18 to 45 over a course of three weeks to see how long they dated their partners before they got engaged.
We asked three simple questions: Each of these questions were designed with the goal in mind: to find out how time and age affect relationships.
We included the location factor to see how these relationships varied across regions as well.
Specifically, we wanted to learn the following: We defined each region as the following states: Midwest Region: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin Northeast Region: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont South Region: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia West Region: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming The results of our survey were very interesting.