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Women's median age at marriage in Nigeria 2018, by wealth

As of 2018, women in Nigeria belonging to the low wealth quintiles married at a younger age compared to wealthier women. For instance, half of the women in the lowest wealth status were married by the age of 16. On the contrary, half of the women living in the highest economic group married by the age of 24.

Data on the marital status of people in Nigeria show that women were more likely to be married or to live together with the partner compared to men. Some 70 percent of women were either married or were living with their partner, whereas the share of men in the same marital status equaled to 25 percent.

Median age at first marriage among women in Nigeria as of 2018, by wealth quintile

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Release date

October 2019



Survey time period

Aug 14, 2018 to Dec 29, 2018

Number of respondents

26,537 respondents

Age group

15-49 years

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Supplementary notes

The source adds the following information: "In addition to standard background characteristics, most of the results in the survey reports are shown by wealth quintiles, an indicator of the economic status of households. Although surveys under The DHS Program do not collect data on consumption or income, they do collect detailed information on dwelling and household characteristics and access to a variety of consumer goods and services, and assets, which together are used as a measure of economic status.

The resulting wealth index is an indicator of the level of wealth that is consistent with expenditure and income measures. The wealth index is constructed using household asset data via principal components analysis."

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