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AGEMARR
Age at first marriage

Description

AGEMARR reports the respondent's age at first marriage.

Codes and Frequencies



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Comparability

While the question is comparable across years, the universe shifted significantly. In 1930, all currently married persons age 12+ responded; in 1940, only sample-line women responded; in 1960-1980, all ever-married adults responded (though the age cut-off for adults shifted in 1980 from 14+ to 15+).

In 1940, the question asked specifically for "age at first marriage." For 1960-1980, age at first marriage was calculated from the reported date of first marriage and date of birth.

User Note:
Users can construct age at first marriage for a restricted universe of persons in 1910 and 1950, using DURMARR (Duration of current marriage), MARRNO (Times married), and AGE. For persons married only once, subtracting DURMARR from AGE yields age at first marriage for currently-married persons.

Universe

  • 1930: Currently married persons age 12+. Not available for Puerto Rico.
  • 1940 1%: Ever-married sample-line females age 14+.
  • 1940 100%: Ever married sample-line females.
  • 1960: Ever-married persons age 14+.
  • 1970: Ever-married persons age 14+ (Form 1 samples); not available for Puerto Rico.
  • 1980: Ever-married persons age 15+; not available for Puerto Rico.

Availability

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Flags

QAGEMARR 

Editing Procedure

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