Friday, 20 April 2012

Is 35 really the best age to be?

A survey claims that by 35 people have reached certain milestones but have good years ahead of them.

What's the best age to be? Carefree 16 or a young-enough-to-have-fun but old-enough-to-leave-home 21? Or maybe a wise 65? No – it's 35, according to research by insurer Aviva.

It asked more than 2,000 adults from across the age ranges what they thought the best age was to be, and the average came out as 35. By 35, those questioned said they expected people to have reached milestones like buying a house, finding a partner and having a first child, but have several years to go before reaching the peak of their career at age 39. According to the same survey, 35 is also an age when you can be at or around the peak of your earnings. When Aviva asked people about their household income it found that those aged 25-34 had most coming in, earning an average of £27,444 a year.

However, these groups said they needed the most extra money to feel financially secure. Among 25-34-year-olds an extra £627 a month was considered necessary to feel comfortable; while 35-44-year-olds felt they would like an extra £596 to live on. Among the over-65s the figure was just £23 a month.

In 2010, research by relationship counselling group Relate suggested 35 was the beginning of the misery years for some, with work and relationship pressures taking their toll on many.

So how about you? Has 35 been a golden age or do you look forward to reaching it? Or do you look back with a shudder and feel glad the 30s are behind you?

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