30 year olds in 1975 vs 2015

Measuring America: 30-Year-Olds: Then and Now[Source: U.S. Census Bureau

 

“Moderate” income is defined as 66-200% of national median household income.  This would be roughly 35k-110k based on 2014 numbers, the latest available.

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18 thoughts on “30 year olds in 1975 vs 2015”

  1. Another interesting note is the difference (3-in-4 vesus 1-in-3) who have married, had a child, and living on their own. The nature of “living on your own” has changed a great deal as well.

    For example, even though most 30-year-olds live on their own, it’s of a thoroughly different kind of living considering that only 57% of 30-year-olds reach that milestone having ever married.

    Even our 3 oldest, who are planning on living on their with each other when the twins graduate college in the spring, realize that it would be a totally different form of “living on your own” than most people think of when they living on your own.

    30 is the new 20 and all that, I guess.

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          1. Jury’s still out on whether they will actually do it. They are pretty aggressive savers who feel strongly about bringing a big chunk of money into their potential marriages so they may be here a bit longer.

            Their dad has made it clear that they are more than welcome to stay here. They wouldn’t be normal if they didn’t consider leaving, though. And by leaving they mean within 15 minutes of us, LOL.

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  2. “Moderate” income is defined as 66-200% of national median household income. This would be roughly 35k-110k based on 2014 numbers, the latest available.

    Wow, with significant overtime, I still managed to earn less than “moderate” income, and I live in a high cost of living region of the country.

    FWIW, I suspect that a lot of us middle class types get burnt because we’re not willing to go live off a woman, but we fail in trying to replicate the income of our parents, hence why we live at home.

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    1. DA said:

      “FWIW, I suspect that a lot of us middle class types get burnt because we’re not willing to go live off a woman, but we fail in trying to replicate the income of our parents, hence why we live at home.”

      Not cut out for a SAHD gig?

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      1. Not cut out for a SAHD gig?

        Let’s just say that as a black guy, I’m not permitted the luxury of that position lest society and my wife’s theoretical family presume certain stereotypes.

        Plus, I’m nowhere near as domestically inclined as my mother. 😛

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  3. The sad fact with a lot of 30- year olds in certain regions of the U.S. is they can’t afford to really “live on their own.” I can’t imagine what it’s like in the NE (I’m looking at you, DA). In some regions it’s not uncommon for married couples with children to still with their parents until they can afford their own home– hence the lack of home ownership. In some cultures, intergenerational living is normal, and encouraged, therefore the idea of “adult independence” has more to do with reaching milestones (marriage and family) than living independently.

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  4. I’ve jokingly argued that a lot of the single motherhood and lack of marriage is fueled by couples that move in together prematurely. So the foundation of the relationship isn’t quite there, but yet they’re playing house to save on costs and to avoid moving back home*. I think some people lull themselves into a false sense of security, become pregnant, and then act shocked when things become hard, and the commitment was never quite there. I suspect that my cousin’s boyfriend, and I suspect that my cousin would be pregnant if she wasn’t on long-term birth control methods.

    In my drunker moments, I noted my employer (and many others) is probably responsible for sin. 😛

    *Although, in some cases, that option doesn’t exist because even mommy wants $$$. Or because mommy wants lifestyle changes.

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  5. I shared the post with an email buddy who has two grown daughters who are working and living at home.

    My email buddy says, “How are our daughters supposed to get married?”

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