”If your intention is to get engaged asap, we hope you live in the midwest and have dated 3.4 years.Despite all the wedding travel expenses you're likely occurring, don't let this fact get you down. These are all just averages, and what's right for someone else, may not always be what makes sense for you.How much time does it take to determine if he or she is “the one”? I know of people who have gotten married very quickly (like in a matter of days) and are still married decades later—and people who did the same thing and were divorced just as quickly.Or, a couple may be “in a relationship” for a decade, finally get married, and then split up in the first year.Couples who date for 3 years or more have better chances of staying together and a more stable marriage.
But don’t just take your boyfriend or girlfriend’s word for it. That same study said that people who dated a very long time before marriage—like a number of years—were also less likely to stay married.So..have a pet together, and you're wondering if that makes you any more ready to take the next step. 50% of people who got engaged had pets, and 50% didn't. Even more interesting are the statistics that break down by region. And because of this, you may have multiple groups of friends on completely different timelines. Our statistics reveal that if you do, things are on your side.No matter where in the US you live, women, on average, get engaged about 2 years earlier than men.The one place there is a slight difference in overall age is the northeast where both men and women get engaged about a year later than the rest of the country.Couples that went to religious services and those that went away on a honeymoon had lower chances of divorcing.