The Average Age Gap Within Couples

January 26, 2015 in Daily Bulletin

Mona Chalabi looked into the average age difference within couples:

  • Males are 2.3 years older than the female in the average heterosexual coupling.
  • In 23% of couples the female is older than the male.
  • While there are no official statistics, data from Facebook indicates that in homosexual relationships the average age difference increases as the couples get older.
  • This is true of heterosexual relationships as well, although the effect is not as big.
  • For example, for a couple who has an average age of 20, the average age gap is three years for homosexual relationships, and two for heterosexual ones.
  • By the time the average age of a couple hits 50, the age gap averages around seven for homosexual couples and five for heterosexual ones.

See a chart showing the correlation, and read more details here.

Source: FiveThirtyEight