So, we surveyed 1,000 recently-engaged Weddington Way customers (all women), posing questions like: How old were you when you got engaged? And, how long were you dating prior to your engagement?After compiling these responses, we sorted them by geographic region (West, Midwest, South, and Northeast).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 surveyed a random sample of 2,072 females in the United States aged 18 to 45 over a course of three weeks to see how long they dated their partners before they got engaged.We asked three simple questions: Each of these questions were designed with the goal in mind: to find out how time and age affect relationships.At an average of 2.9 years, Southerners date about 5 months less than the average American before slipping a shiny ring on a finger.
For those who got engaged at age 20 or younger, the majority across all regions dated between one and three years.
On the other end of this spectrum, only 6% of couples date for 8 years or more before getting engaged.
Though by a relatively small margin, couples in the South spend the least time dating prior to engagement.
First and foremost, we found that the average length of a relationship before engagement is 44 months, or 3.67 years.
That’s almost an entire year longer than other studies have stated!