Salt & Light: A Guide to Loving Northwest Indiana

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In 2004, there were 43,496 marriages performed in Indiana; 2,595 in Lake County The average age at marriage for brides and grooms who had never previously been married was 25.0 and 26.8 years, respectively Only 51% of marriages were first marriages for both the bride and the groom 24% of marriages were subsequent to a divorce for both the bride and the groom In another 23% percent of marriages, either the bride or the groom had been previously divorced

[Indiana State Department of Health, Public Health System Development and Data Commission, Data Analysis Team, Indiana Marriage Report, 2004, Table 15]

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