U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for June 16: June Weddings

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:


Profile America — Thursday, June 16th. For centuries, the month of June has been the most popular choice for weddings. One of the purported reasons was that some hundreds of years ago, this time was just after May’s annual bath, so the happy couple and the guests were about as clean as could be hoped. With the ensuing advances in plumbing and overall hygiene, dressy weddings are readily staged year round, from simple civil ceremonies and backyard or back-to-nature vows, to elaborate church functions. Each year, there are more than 2.1 million weddings across the nation. Americans are marrying at older ages — the median age at first marriage for women is now 27.6 years old — up five years since 1980. Men are now an average age of 29.5 when they first take their vows. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at <www.census.gov>.

June weddings/accessed 4/5/2016: http://bridetide.blogspot.com/2010/06/why-is-june-most-popular-wedding-month.html 
Number of marriages/accessed 4/5/2016: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/marriage_divorce_tables.htm
Median ages at first marriage: http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/14_1YR/B12007

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at <http://www.census.gov> (look for “Audio” in the “Library” pull-down menu). 

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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau

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