The Average Age Of U.S. Fathers Is Up More Than Three Years

Men are waiting longer and longer to become fathers these days. Stanford University researchers analyzed federal birth records and discovered fathers of newborns are now three-and-a-half years older, on average, than their counterparts were in the early 1970s. Also, the percentage of births to fathers older than 40 hit nine percent in 2015, more than double the four percent seen in 1972. Senior researcher Dr. Michael Eisenberg says older fathers are more likely to have kids affected by certain health conditions, but at the same time, older dads tend to have better jobs, more stability, and be more involved in children’s lives. He adds, “I think it’s important to pay attention to these demographic shifts and what their implications could be for society.” (UPI