SALT LAKE CITY -- New U.S. Census data show Utah residents' first marriages last longer than those in 48 other states.
The U.S. Census Bureau says the median length of a first marriage in Utah was 23.6 years -- 3.5 years longer than the national average. Only Wyoming had a higher median length of 23.7 years.
The Census numbers released Thursday are for 2009, the latest figures available. They also show that more than three out of every five households in Utah had married couples, the highest percentage in the country. Marriage rates for men were the second highest in the country while women married at the third highest rate.
University of Utah senior research economist Pam Perlich says the dominance of the Mormon church is a primary reason for Utah's high marriage statistics.