In the South and West regions, data is split fairly evenly amongst the three categories, while in the Northeast over half of the respondents dated for over three years before getting engaged.We also found that 30% of all respondents dated their partners for at least 5 years before getting engaged.Some publications have determined that the average couple dates for a mere 25 months (just over 2 years) before the question is popped, while others find that couples date for just under 3 years before getting engaged.
These quite happily married women knew what they were looking for and spent considerable time building their relationships before making the decision to partner for life with their husbands.
In fact, over half of the Northeast respondents and 60% of the West respondents dated for more than three years before getting engaged.
For the age group of those over 35 years old when they were proposed to, there was a significant trend in the Midwest, with 50% of respondents stating they dated for less than a year before they got engaged.
We are constantly reminded of the pressures of getting married, settling down and starting a family.
Not only does the media continually portray this path as the norm, but the people we surround ourselves with also provide a benchmark for when we think we should be getting engaged.