Massachusetts is a prime location for weddings. My wife and I were married in October of 2008 and it was breathtaking having the beautiful foliage as part of our day as it set the perfect scene for our photos.

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We were 25 when we tied the knot which by today's standards is probably on the younger side at least in Massachusetts. According to Overflow Data, Massachusetts is near the top of the list of states for both men and women waiting longer to get married.

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Why Are People Waiting Longer to Get Married Nowadays? 

Waiting to get married longer, especially in Massachusetts isn't that much of a surprise, at least to me. With the Bay State's top schools, young adults want to get a good education and secure quality jobs before settling down and raising a family. Another reason young adults may be waiting longer to get married is they may not have the economic ability to do so right now. It's also no surprise that areas like Boston and Somerville are popular locations for young, single adults who aren't quite ready to make that type of commitment.

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Nowadays more young adults are having a difficult time securing a decent-paying job so they jump around from gig to gig until they can find something that is stable for them. In addition, young adults are living at home longer than before and many parents especially from the baby boomer generation are covering their kids financially.

What is the Average Age (for Males and Females) of First Time Marriage in Massachusetts?

According to the site, the average age Massachusetts men tie the knot for the first time is 31.8. For Massachusetts women, the average age for first-time marriage is 30.4. These averages for both men and women place Massachusetts as the fourth state on the list for people getting married at older ages. You can view the entire list by going here.

KEEP READING: Here are the most popular baby names in every state

Using March 2019 data from the Social Security Administration, Stacker compiled a list of the most popular names in each of the 50 states and Washington D.C., according to their 2018 SSA rankings. The top five boy names and top five girl names are listed for each state, as well as the number of babies born in 2018 with that name. Historically common names like Michael only made the top five in three states, while the less common name Harper ranks in the top five for 22 states.

Curious what names are trending in your home state? Keep reading to see if your name made the top five -- or to find inspiration for naming your baby.

Gallery Credit: Stacker

LOOK: Here are the pets banned in each state

Because the regulation of exotic animals is left to states, some organizations, including The Humane Society of the United States, advocate for federal, standardized legislation that would ban owning large cats, bears, primates, and large poisonous snakes as pets.

Read on to see which pets are banned in your home state, as well as across the nation.

Gallery Credit: Elena Kadvany

READ ON: See the States Where People Live the Longest

Stacker used data from the 2020 County Health Rankings to rank every state's average life expectancy from lowest to highest. The 2020 County Health Rankings values were calculated using mortality counts from the 2016-2018 National Center for Health Statistics. The U.S. Census 2019 American Community Survey and America's Health Rankings Senior Report 2019 data were also used to provide demographics on the senior population of each state and the state's rank on senior health care, respectively.

Read on to learn the average life expectancy in each state.

Gallery Credit: Hannah Lang

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