What are the Odds Weddings and Marriages

What are the odds you’ll be struck by lightning or win the lottery? The answer is 1 in 960,000, 1 in 13,983,816 respectively. Interesting statistics. If you browse the “The Book of Odds”  a collection of stats that rule everyday life, there are some intriguing odds.

Photo by Phil Roeder available under a Creative Commons Attribution-license
Photo by Phil Roeder available under a Creative Commons Attribution-license

From a wedding and marriage standpoint, here are a few that we at Perfect Muslim Wedding found to be interesting. These numbers are for the wider U.S. population, but we believe in some way shape or form they are mirrored in the Muslim community.


Where and how people met (% people dating) Men Women
Through Friends 33 38
Through Family 14 15
As coworkers 11 15
At a bar, club, restaurant 16 18
Online 14 10
Through work as client 8 10
In a primary or secondary school 9 8
In college 6 7
Through church 3 3
In  a non church social group 7 7
In the neighborhood 6 12
On a blind date 3 3
At a private party 14 10
In a public space 14 10

This correlates with an earlier Perfect Muslim Wedding Survey which showed that most people met through family and friends and not online. You can skip the line item about bars and instead of church think masjid.

Here are some more interesting ones.

Why get married? Men Women
For Love 1 in 1.2 1 in 1.2
Right time in life 1 in 2.2 1 in 2.5
Not wanting to be alone 1 in 4.4 1 in 5.6
Practical Reasons 1 in 5.6 1 in 6.3
Wanting Children 1 in 6.3 1 in 7.7
Got them out of a bad situation 1 in 50 1 in 25

Hmm, get out of a bad situation, what could that be?

Age at first marriage Men Women
20 1 in 21.7 1 in 7.6
25 1 in 3.2 1 in 2.1
30 1 in 1.7 1in 1.4
35 1in 1.3 1in 1.2

The median marriage age for men is 27 and 25 for women in the larger US population.

Why People Stay Married %
Companionship 73
Deep Love 71
Both spouses live to their commitment 61
The Children 44
Good Sex 41
Religious Beliefs 30
Financial Reasons 17
Too much trouble to end marriage 12

We love this one, not only do we want to encourage perfect weddings but also healthy marriages. Thoughts, comments?

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