In which country do people wait the longest to marry?

Murray Nicol
Global Leadership Fellow, World Economic Forum
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Are people in the Caribbean getting married older than most? Data from the World Bank, compiled by numerical data search engine Quandl, has three Caribbean nations topping the list of oldest average age for first marriages for both men and women. Jamaica leads all countries, with men getting married at an average age of 34.8 and women at 33.2.


Rounding out the top three for men are Grenada (34.4) and Barbados (32.5), while Dominica takes second spot for women (32.5) with Barbados in third (31.8). Once we leave the Caribbean, the rest of the top 10 is dominated by European countries, which occupy all seven spots for women and six out of seven spots for men. Libya is the sole outlier, coming in sixth for men (33.9).

The complete list for both men and women can be found at

Author: Murray Nicol is Digital Project Lead at the World Economic Forum

Image: A bride and groom ride on a 1958 Oldsmobile convertible along Havana’s 5th Avenue April 8, 2010. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan 

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