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The average dad in the USA is getting older

The typical father is now nearly 31 years old at the time of his birth.

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A new study shows that the average age of the fathers in the US rises as men a few extra years to practice their father’s jokes for kids. The typical father is now nearly 31 years old at the time of his birth.

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That is more than three years older than the average father was in the 1970’s. The average age of the first time mommy has also increased, thanks in large part to a dramatic decrease in teen pregnancies. The father of the research, published Wednesday in the journal Human Reproduction, looked at the live birth data from 1972 to 2015 in the US. Here is what dads look like today:

  • New dad’s who are older than they have in decades. In 2015, the average age of a father at the time of his baby’s born in the USA was 30.9 years old, from 27.4 years old, in 1972. That may seem like a small shift, but it is probably a dent in demographic characteristics over time, because waiting longer to have children is associated with having fewer children.
  • The average age varied depending on papa’s demographics. Men who had college degrees were older when their babies are born than men with only a high school education.
  • Fathers in the north East of the oldest. And Japanese; and Vietnamese-American fathers, who were 36 on average at the time of their baby’s birth were older than any other racial or ethnic group. Black fathers were the youngest, at an average age of 30.4.
  • The gap in age between mothers and fathers is a narrowing. In 2015, mothers were, on average, 2.3 years older than the mother of their children, compared with 2.7 years in 1972. The researchers suspect that is partly due to more women entering the workforce and holding off on having children early in their career.

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