Brian Lebowitz, 57, and Lise Goldman, 53, are to be married June 22. Goldman, who works in economic development, now lives in suburban Chevy Chase, Md.

They met online almost two years ago and found out at the time that they lived within blocks of each other. Lebowitz says his job and his hobby as a book collector took up most of his free time.

Carl Weisman of Redondo Beach, Calif., author of So Why Have You Never Been Married?

, conducted an online survey for the book and found that 48% of the 1,533 bachelors ages 40 and older who responded said they were afraid of marrying the wrong person.

But when he turned 55, he decided to give online dating a shot.

"I'd pretty much given up, but then thought I would give it a try and see what it was like," he says.

That, coupled with the baby boomer "never-wanna-be-old" attitude and a greater number of aging singles in the population, makes it more likely that those who want to marry actually will.

A USA TODAY analysis of Census records of Americans ages 45-55 shows that the percentage of those who said they had never been married in 2006 had doubled since 1990, and the percentage of those who were currently married had dropped by 9%. Recommended for females between 35 & 49 and males between 35 & 49. Venue is located in (Channelside (Grand Central Condo's)).It's fairly difficult to get a real handle on this segment of the singles population because no federal entity tracks first marriages at specific ages. A tally by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is available just for a 20-year period, 1970 to 1990, shows that in 1990, only 0.4% of women and 0.6% of men married for the first time at ages 45 to 49.The closest count is the median age at first marriage, which in 2006 (the latest year for which data are available) was at its highest point: men at 27.5 and women at 25.5, according to the U. According to the most recent data from the federal Survey of Income and Program Participation, which includes marriage, 13% of those who wed in 2003 were 45 and older.New patterns, new people "As people get older, they tend to find themselves in fairly established patterns, so the ability to meet new people goes down over time.