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Question #56106 posted on 02/24/2010 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,
how many years apart, on average, are husband and wife? like, what's the average age between spouses?

-proprietor of malice

A: Dear proprietor,

Thanks to the U.S. Census Bureau and their annual Current Population Survey, I can do better than just the average. Here's their information on age difference in marriage from 2008, presented as a graph:

Information on age difference within a marriage; the table following the image presents the same information.

And here's the same information in a table:

Age DifferencePercentage of Couples
Husband 20+ years older than wife0.9
Husband 15-19 years older than wife1.5
Husband 10-14 years older than wife5.2
Husband 6-9 years older than wife11.6
Husband 4-5 years older than wife13.7
Husband 2-3 years older than wife20.4
Husband and wife within 1 year31.9
Wife 2-3 years older than husband7.1
Wife 4-5 years older than husband3.5
Wife 6-9 years older than husband2.6
Wife 10-14 years older than husband1.0
Wife 15-19 years older than husband0.3
Wife 20+ years older than husband0.3

If you're interested in other statistics about married couple family groups relating to age, earnings, education, and race, check out the Census Bureau's Table FG3 [XLS].

—Laser Jock
A: Dear Proprietor,

In addition to all those scientific facts or whatever, my Herbal Essences all-in-one shampoo and conditioner bottle claims that the average groom is 5.3 years older than the average bride. Taking showers sure pays off.