Many 30-something professionals in the Oklahoma City area have held off on settling down — opting to focus on school, their careers or simply taking their time to make sure they've found the right person for them.
More importantly, they are OK with being single.
Oklahomans statistically tend to marry early in adulthood. According to a 2009 Pew Research study, Oklahoma men and women marry young — half of first-time brides were 24 or younger on their wedding day.
Nationally, views about the right age to settle down are changing and statistics back that up. The 2012 U.S. Census determined that there were 103 million unmarried adults in the United States, a group that made up 44.1 percent of all U.S. residents 18 and older.
Often people know when they have found “the one” for them, but being cautious has it benefits. That same 2009 Pew Research Center study found that Oklahoma has above-average divorce rates as well.
The Oklahoman recently spoke with a few successful and single 30-somethings about dating in Oklahoma City. All grew up in Oklahoma but spent time away from the state for college, careers or military service.
Kyle Cohlmia, 30, who works at a local university, is in no rush to settle down.
“I enjoy dating and not being so serious sometimes, but I do feel the pressure,” she said. “Most of my friends are married, and sometimes I feel like there's a gap between us. But finding the kind of guy I'm looking for is important, and I don't want to settle.”