Wow...the last couple of posts....
The average age for 1st marriage has gone up for both men and women, though I believe the median age is still 27. Being 30 (or over) is not a death knell, though I think it is a bit more pertinent for women who want kids. I do agree that being independant can be a barrier to marriage, for both women and men. I love my freedom, and whenever I am in a relationship there is a pull to not give it all up.