We all know that more women than ever before are waiting until their 30s to marry and start families. This societal shift has been so broadly discussed and well documented, that it’s easy to assume 30 is the new 20 when it comes to marriage. But, despite how much lip service this phenomenon has garnered, the reality is that a woman’s 20s is still the most popular decade in which to get married. That’s right — the average age for American women to marry is 27. And, as most women who have married and divorced by 30 will tell you, while people are often shocked to discover that a twentysomething is a divorcee, the circumstance really isn’t that rare.

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