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02-12-2013, 12:21 PM
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Originally Posted by IceAce View Post
25? You're giving too much credit. With this generation, it's maybe 30-35 before they decide they want to grow up.
Growing up and getting married are, unfortunately, two different things

But to put a finer point on the marriage age, the average first marriage is around age 27 and 70% of couples move in together before they get married.

Average age of first child? 25.

Urbanists have been predicting for ages that young people would grow up and want to leave the suburbs for the city. Which they do, temporarily, the same as their parents did at the same age. It seems that urbanists often fail to consider that young people choose their places of residence based on different factors than older people, not because of a generation gap but because they are in a different time of life. Ultimately it comes back to the same set of reasons that people are leaving one region and moving to another -- money, amenities, quality of life, career and family priorities. And there's really nothing wrong with that, at all. It's just the way life plays out.

BTW, I am very much a lover of cities. It's not that I don't appreciate what they have to offer, or that I think the suburbs are "better" in any particular way. But having been an enthusiast about urban life at one point, I've learned to be a little more realistic about why it's largely limited to young people.

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