Over decades the marriage patterns in the American society has evolved through different phases. This has affected various aspects of the American society at large. Today, marriage is not seen as a necessity for starting up a family. A lot has changed in pre-marriage system in the twenty-first century. In comparison is the Nigerian society which comprises of different religions.
Age in the American society is not too much of a barrier for marriage. The average marriage age in the twenty-first century among American males and female has shown a significant change. In 1890 the median age was relatively high, about twenty-six for men and twenty-two for women. During the first half of the twentieth century the typical age at marriage dropped-gradually at first, and then precipitously after World War II. By the 1950s it had reached historic lows: roughly twenty-three for men and twenty for women. During the 1960s, however, the median age at marriage began to climb, returning to and then exceeding that prevalent at the start of the twentieth century. (J. C. Andrew pp. 34). By the mid twenty-first century this has increased on both sides. The average age for male first time marriages was twenty-nine, and for females twenty-six. Both parties now marry later than they did two decades past.
In the 1900s it was typical for men and women to live with their families before marriage. At the level of courtship they lived separately, and majority kept away from premarital sex. Presently most adults live independently in their own apartment, and a large number of them are involved in sexual intercourse before marriage. Education was not so much of a priority then, most managed to graduate from high school and little fraction of them had college degrees. This turned out to be different in the twenty-first century, were five out of six young adults graduate from high school, and about one-third completed college (pp. 35).
Marriage rate has however has been altered with different things like; childbearing outside marriage, cohabitation, and contraceptives...