What’s your idea of the “perfect age”? The answer may surprise you…

September 18th, 2013 2 Comments

What is the perfect age?

An interesting poll by Harris Interactive has just released its findings of what 2,242 adults reported as a perfect age. The actual question was: “If you could skip time and live forever in good health at a particular age, what age would you like to live at?” In this youth-obsessed culture, the answer may surprise you: it’s age 50.  Interestingly, in 2003, the answer was 41. The poll also asked questions regarding what each person viewed as their perfect age for various life events, including retirement:

  • Perfect age for graduating from college: 22
  • Perfect age for moving away from your parent’s house: 20
  • Perfect age for getting married: 26
  • Perfect age for having your first child: 28
  • Perfect age for retiring: 61

What’s interesting about the retirement age is that those over 68 cited 64 as their ideal retirement age. Although 61 is the ideal retirement age (and also the current retirement age, according to a Gallup poll), the retirement age is expected to rise. For those born on or after 1960, your Social Security benefits can start at age 62 for partial benefit, or wait until age 67 for full benefits. As people live longer and long-term elder care costs increase, many people may even delay retirement until their 70s.

Read more about The Harris Poll at http://bit.ly/1eoWbgB.


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