Number Of WVans Getting Hitched Increased In '07

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- The marriage bug bit West Virginians bad in 2007.

According to the Department of Health and Human Resources' latest vital statistics report, the number of couples getting married that year increased for the first time in seven years.

The report covers just 2007, and says 13,308 marriages were recorded during the year.

That was 32 more than the year before.

The most frequently reported marriage age that year was 23 for brides and 24 for grooms.

The oldest groom was 91, the oldest bride was also 91.
On the flip side, the number of divorces also increased in 2007.

The agency says 9,305 couples divorced that year, up 114 from the year before.

The median length of a marriage was six years.

The longest marriage ending in divorce lasted 58 years.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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