These graphs show statistics on how levels of education influence first marriages for women and men; the top graphs reveal the age at which women and men marry for the first time, while the bottom graphs evaluate how long first marriages last.
For both women and men, higher levels of education generally lead to marriage at a later age. People earning a post-secondary education are rarely married by age 20, but by age 40, a higher percentage of people with college and graduate degrees have been married than those stopping their education before finishing college. For men, the reversal in percentages is quite clear, occurring between the ages of 25 and 30. This reversal effect is less pronounced for women, where the percentage of those with graduate degrees doesn’t become significantly higher (outside the standard error - not shown) than the percentage of those with no post-secondary education until the age of 40.
Regarding survival of first marriages, women and men with no post-secondary education show similar trends, with women in this category having slightly lower marriage survival rates as a function of years since the marriage began. In other words, women who have not finished college are more likely than men to have shorter marriages. However, women with a bachelor’s degree are the most likely to remain in their first marriage after 20 years. Women going on through graduate school average slightly shorter marriages than those stopping education after college. For men, graduate degrees correspond to the longest lasting first marriages through the first 15 years. Insufficient data were available for marriages lasting 20 years for people with master’s degrees or higher.
Data source: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr049.pdf