U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Parenting
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 04-24-2008, 08:12 AM
 
Location: somewhere in the south
403 posts, read 1,400,523 times
Reputation: 261

Advertisements

Does anyone know what the average age of having your first child is?

I know that in 1970 it was around 21. But what is it now?

My friends tell me 20, another one says 35, and one says 25. What is it? This is driving me insane?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 04-24-2008, 08:21 AM
 
542 posts, read 1,503,600 times
Reputation: 303
According to the CDC website, the average age in 2000 was 24.9 and in 2003 was 25.2, which seems to be the same currently.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-24-2008, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Chicago's burbs
1,013 posts, read 4,050,582 times
Reputation: 905
Quote:
Originally Posted by vukinjo View Post
According to the CDC website, the average age in 2000 was 24.9 and in 2003 was 25.2, which seems to be the same currently.
I'm surprised the average is that low. It seems many women are waiting until their late 20's/early 30's now a days.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-24-2008, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Nor Cal
324 posts, read 1,545,155 times
Reputation: 180
Teenage pregnancy drastically moves the average down.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-24-2008, 11:07 AM
 
1,832 posts, read 4,440,273 times
Reputation: 1105
I would be interested to see this broken down--b/c of the PP's comment about teen pregnancy. For example, what's the average age of first-time parents who are married, those who are single parents, etc. Or maybe just take under-18 unmarrieds out of it and see. Just out of curiosity.

Anecdotally, my parents were married at 21, parents at 22, done having kids by 29 (3 kids). I was 32 when I had my first.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-24-2008, 11:34 AM
 
2,775 posts, read 2,542,445 times
Reputation: 2967
Quote:
Originally Posted by sbd78 View Post
I'm surprised the average is that low. It seems many women are waiting until their late 20's/early 30's now a days.
I've seen first-hand how there is great variability depending upon where you live in the US. In the mid-west... early twenties is the norm. In the greater NYC area, mid-to-late thirties (if at all) is the norm. This is directly relevant for the highly educated/professional crowd in both areas, not directly relevant regarding those living in poverty who pretty much everywhere have high rates of teen pregnancy.

Last edited by belovenow; 04-24-2008 at 11:44 AM..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-24-2008, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Washington, D.C.
324 posts, read 666,743 times
Reputation: 95
Quote:
Originally Posted by mbuszu View Post
I've seen first-hand how there is great variability depending upon where you live in the US. In the mid-west... early twenties is the norm. In the greater NYC area, mid-to-late thirties (if at all) is the norm. This is directly relevant for the highly educated/professional crowd in both areas, not directly relevant regarding those living in poverty who pretty much everywhere have high rates of teen pregnancy.
That explanation makes sense to me. I live in an urban area with a lot of highly educated people and it seems like having children in the early to mid thirties is the norm. I grew up in a more rural area and people have children earlier there. They also get married earlier in that area.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-24-2008, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Chicago's burbs
1,013 posts, read 4,050,582 times
Reputation: 905
Quote:
Originally Posted by mbuszu View Post
I've seen first-hand how there is great variability depending upon where you live in the US. In the mid-west... early twenties is the norm. In the greater NYC area, mid-to-late thirties (if at all) is the norm. This is directly relevant for the highly educated/professional crowd in both areas, not directly relevant regarding those living in poverty who pretty much everywhere have high rates of teen pregnancy.
I would agree with this as well. I live in the midwest, but a much more urban part of the midwest (Chicago). It seems that in Chicagoland, people tend to wait until they are older to have children. But in more rural parts of the midwest, them seem to have children much earlier.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-24-2008, 01:25 PM
 
542 posts, read 1,503,600 times
Reputation: 303
Well, I had my first 6 days shy of my 27th birthday
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-24-2008, 01:59 PM
 
Location: SD
896 posts, read 3,857,465 times
Reputation: 342
Quote:
Originally Posted by vukinjo View Post
Well, I had my first 6 days shy of my 27th birthday
I had my first three months after I turned 27.

I think it depends on area of the country too. When my daughter entered preschool and I became friendly with other moms, they were all at least ten years older than me. I think it's that teenage pregnancy thing that pulls the average down.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Parenting
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2017, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top