This shouldn’t surprise anyone, but it’s interesting to see the actual data. A new Pew Research report found young adults are taking longer to hit key milestones in their life, like their first job, first apartment, and first kid.
Here are a few milestones, and how many of us hit them by age 21 these days, compared to 1980.
1. First full-time job. 64% had one by age 21 in 1980, compared to just 39% now.
2. Financial independence, where you’re not relying on your parents anymore. 42% back then, and 25% now.
3. First apartment. 62% had one by age 21 in 1980, compared to 51% now.
4. Marriage. 32% were married by age 21, compared to just 6% now.
5. First kid. 18% then, and 6% now.