Chapter

Straight from the Heartland

Patrick J. Carr and Maria J. Kefalas

in Coming of Age in America

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780520270923
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950184 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520270923.003.0002
Straight from the Heartland

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Young people in Iowa were much more expected to follow a “traditional” transition to adulthood than other young people nationally, or the other young people in the cities characterized in this book. Some of the Iowans seemed frozen in time—many of them experiencing the lightning-fast transition to adulthood that echoes their grandparents' generation. In Iowa, the median age at first marriage is 24 for women and 25 for men, which is just a year below the national average of 26 for men and 25 for women. On average, people in rural states, particularly southern ones, have more marriages, and these usually happen earlier in life. In Arkansas, for example, over a third of 18- to 24-year-old women are married, compared to Massachusetts, where approximately 13 percent are. Iowa utilizes a middle ground, with just over one-fifth of the young women in this age group being married.

Keywords: Iowa; Arkansan; Massachusetts; marriages; transition

Chapter.  13579 words. 

Subjects: Population and Demography

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