Generational differences lead to varied opinions on parenthood
Researchers from Stanford University find that the average age of a new father has increased from 27 to 31 since 1972. A new YouGov poll asks Americans what they think is the ideal age to enter parenthood, and four in ten Americans (40%) believe that the best time is between 26 and 30.
Generational differences plays the largest factor in delayed parenthood. Nearly three in ten older millennials (25 to 34) say the ideal age to become a parent is between 31 and 35. Americans over the age of 55 (46%) say the ideal age is between 26 and 30, coinciding with the median age of first-time parents (27) back in 1972.
Income also plays a role in views on parenthood. While the most popular choice on when to enter parenthood among all earners is in one’s late twenties, a third of those who earn more than $80,000 a year (33%) believe that the ideal age is between 31 and 35.