Nearly a quarter of BYU students are married, according to recent data.

PROVO — BYU long has been known for its high number of married students, and this year's class is no different.

Fall 2013 statistics show that 24 percent of students on campus last semester were married.

BYU's high percentage of married students continues to be an anomaly, Fox News reported this week. American men and women are continuing the trend of marrying later in life than their parents did.

Interestingly, parents are part of the reason their children are marrying later, according to a study published by BYU professor Brian Willoughby last fall.

Willoughby's national study found that American college students believe 25 is a good age to get married, while their parents want them to wait until they are 26.

The national average age at marriage is 27 for women, 29 for men.

Since 1980, the percentage of married students at BYU has fluctuated between a low of 23 percent of students (1998 and 1999) to a high of 29 percent (1991 and 1992).

The rate has held steady between 24 percent and 26 percent since 2000.

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