Average Age Of Marriage In South Africa

What is the Age Of Marriage?

Marriageable age is a general age, as legal age, or as the minimum age subject to parental, religious, or other forms of social approval, at which a person is legitimately allowed for marriage.


Average Age Of Marriage In South Africa

According to a report released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA), Marriages and Divorces, 2019, the median age of bridegrooms increased from 36 years in 2015 to 37 years in 2019. Similarly, the age of brides increased from 31 years to 33 years over the same period.

Statistics SA has published a new report highlighting how many South Africans are getting married and divorced.

The report focuses on civil marriages, customary marriages, and civil unions that were registered in 2018 in the South African national marriage registration systems maintained by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA).

This includes trends in the number of marriages and unions as well as demographic and other dynamics among married partners.

The report shows that a total of 131,240 civil marriages, 3,160 customary marriages, and 1,650 civil unions were registered in 2018.

In comparison with the 2017 data, the stats show that the registration of civil marriages decreased by 3.1% whereas customary marriages and civil unions increased by 22.1% and 21.6% respectively.

The median age for grooms increased from 35 years in 2017 to 36 years in 2018 while the median age for bridegrooms increased from 33 years in 2017 to 34 years in 2018.

How long do marriages last on average in South Africa?

11 years. The average length of marriage in South Africa is 11 years. However, this rate does vary from man to woman and age to age. Most South African men, get divorced between the ages of 40 and 44 while women divorce younger, between 30 and 35 years old, according to a 2012 report from Statistics South Africa.

What is the most common age to get married?

Most people across the US are getting married between the ages of 25 and 30. Men are, on average, slightly older when they first get married than women.

Is 23 too early to get married?

If you wait until you’re 23 to commit, you’re less likely to get divorced. A 2014 University of North Carolina at Greensboro study found that American women who cohabitate or get married at the age of 18 have a 60% divorce rate, but women who wait until 23 to make either of those commitments have a divorce rate of around 30%.

What percentage of marriages end in divorce in South Africa?

At 17.6%, the South African divorce rate is low by world standards, but almost one in five marriages end up in divorce.

The most vulnerable time for a divorce is between five and nine years of marriage, unfortunately, a time when there may be young children involved.