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.
How long is too long to wait for a serious commitment, if you know you’re ready for a ring?
Why you should care: As the Atlantic's Olga Khazan writes, a strong marriage appears to be an "intentional one" that coincides with strong external support and financial good fortune.
For example, dating for years beforehand decreases the odds of a partner mismatch, while well-attended weddings likely indicate the couple have a large mutual base of emotional support from friends and family as well as loved ones with an investment in supporting their marriage.
The news: A recent study by Emory University researchers Andrew Francis and Hugo Mialon may have found out. The very poor are more likely to divorce than the wealthy, though there are diminishing returns to increasing wealth until you hit the really big bucks.
Waiting to put a ring on it for at least a year or two (or even three) is a big plus. Middle-class couples earning between ,000-125,000 differ little from one another.