What Age Men and Women Consider Themselves Officially an Adult

Men are considered to officially be adults at age 26, while women seem to hit adulthood three years earlier, according to new research. A survey of 2,000 Americans asked people to pinpoint the age at which they felt they fully became a grown-up and saw women identify this feeling earlier in life on average.


When looking at the signs of adulting among Americans, it turns out having a budget is the number one sign someone’s reached adulthood, with 55 percent noting that keeping track of their finances this way signifies adult life. After having a budget, the survey found these to be the rest of the top signs of adulting:


·        Buying a house (54 percent)

·        Filing your own taxes (52 percent)

·        Understanding and monitoring your credit score (48 percent)

·        Investing in your 401(k) (46 percent)

·        Doing your own laundry (43 percent)

·        Scheduling regular doctor’s appointments (38 percent)

·        Making a list to take when going to the grocery store (35 percent)

·        Cooking dinner most of Monday through Friday (33 percent)

·        Watching the nightly news (31 percent)

·        Hosting dinner parties or gatherings (29 percent)

·        Using coupons (25 percent)

·        Eating snacks for dinner whenever you want (17 percent)