But as we found, these numbers vary based on where you live.
Overall, Americans tend to move pretty quickly: nearly half of all engagements occur two years or less into a relationship.
We determined that the median engagement age in the United States is 27.2 years for women, and 28.7 years for men -- a 1.5 year difference.
Furthermore, the median amount of time a couple dates before the proposal is 3.3 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.
of the year to get engaged, trailing only Christmas (December 24th-25th) and New Year’s Eve (December 31st).
Winter, in general, seems to induce men and women to pop the question, as 30% of all engagements occur in November and December.
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.On average, women (27.2 years) tend to be 1.5 years younger than their partner (28.7 years) at the time of engagement.