Only one third of all Khmer adults 18 and older are single. Most of those are in the age group between 18 and 25. By the ages between 26 and 35 however, four out of five Cambodians are married.
This high percentage of married adults is a reflection of both Cambodia’s traditional family values – or as some youth may see it – societal pressure.
The percentage of married adults with children (55 per cent) is important to note as it’s also a reflection of spending habits.
Because newlyweds in Cambodia have children quickly after marriage, they have less disposable income and more responsibility than people of their age who are single or married without children.