Shanghainese are marrying later than in 2012, with a simultaneous increase in inter-provincial marriages and decrease in international marriages, according to the Shanghai Daily.
In 2013, the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau reported that the average marriage age for Shanghainese women increased to 28.19 years, while men’s marriage age increased to 30.17. In comparison, the national average marriage age for women is 23 for women and 25 for men. Concurrently, more Shanghainese are finding marriage partners from surrounding provinces, rather than Japan, the United States, and Australia—all previously popular countries to find spouses.
This steady rise in the average marriage in Shanghai has been attributed to the high stress and demanding work pace that Shanghainese often experience, according to a 2013 survey, leaving little time for marriage-track events, such as matchmaking, or even social events in general. It has also contributed to the recent phenomenon of “leftover” or unmarried women over the age of 27 throughout China, but especially in Shanghai, worrying parents and government officials concerned about gender imbalances within its population of 1.3 billion.
By Sophia Solivio
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