Most Saudi women marry in their early 20s

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Saudi women who were married for the first time before the age of 20 amounted to 46 percent. — Courtesy photo

By Mohammed Jarrah

DATA from the Saudi General Authority for statistics revealed important figures that reflect a number of demographic, social and economic characteristics in the Kingdom.

One of the interesting results of the survey was the fact that majority of Saudi men prefer to get married at the age of 25.3 years, while the average age of Saudi women marrying for the first time was 20.4 years old.

The results showed that Saudi women who were married at an early age (currently married, divorcees or widows) – and those who were married for the first time before the age of 20 - amounted to 46 percent.

According to statistics, out of every 100 Saudi women who were married, there were 46 women who married before the age of 20 years.

On the other hand, the survey brought to light that by the time a Saudi woman turned 32, her chances of marriage became very slim. This category of Saudi women who were aged 32 and unmarried, amounted to 2.95 percent.

In light of this figure, according to statistics, the proportion of those who were unmarried amounted to 10.3 percent.

This means that out of 10 females aged 15 and more who had never married, there was one girl who reached the age of 32 years and was unmarried.

According to previous data, there are 230, 512 Saudi women who are not married out of 2,237,983 Saudi women (2.24 million) aged 15 and over who have never married. — Al Arabiya English


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