For the age group of 26 to 30 years old, the majority across all regions dated their partners for over three years before the question was popped.
In fact, over half of the Northeast respondents and 60% of the West respondents dated for more than three years before getting engaged.
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.
First and foremost, we found that the average length of a relationship before engagement is 44 months, or 3.67 years.
A diamond is forever, but an expensive engagement ring means the marriage might not last that long. Men are 50 percent more likely to end up divorced when they said their partner's looks were important in their decision to get married, and women are 60 percent more likely to end up divorced when they cared about their partner’s wealth, compared to people who said they cared about neither. Honeymoons decrease the chances of divorce by 41 percent.* * *Part of the study echoes what we already know about marriage: That it's increasingly for rich people—who make a lot and can afford honeymoons.Maybe this is all being thrown by some hidden Kardashian variable that none of us has uncovered yet.Whatever the case, Francis and Mialon conclude that "our findings provide little evidence to support the validity of the wedding industry’s general message that connects expensive weddings with positive marital outcomes." The average wedding now costs about ,000, however, so this does not bode well.But women feel ready to tie the knot even sooner - after just two years, seven months and 24 days.Alexandra Campos, of The National Wedding Show, which carried out the poll said: "Men everywhere should be getting ready to buy that ring and get down on one knee if they are anywhere near the three-year anniversary.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.