Almost half of Brits say that the ideal age to start a family is between 25 and 29, but those aged between 25 and 39 years are much more likely than other age groups to put the ideal age as older. Considering the question from a gender point-of-view, men are best having children between the ages of 25 and 34, while it’s ideal for women to start a family between the ages of 25 and 29, our results have suggested.
Interestingly, it’s the 25 to 39 age range (of men and women) which advocates the highest ideal age, with an average of 28.3 years old for women and 30.2 for men. Overall, the best age selected for men was an average of 29.2 years whilst women would ideally be slightly younger at 27.
In a further question, the survey asked what people thought would be the ideal age for they themselves to have children. The average figure fell almost exactly in the middle of the aforementioned averages with a mean of 28 years old. Just under half concluded that between 25 and 29 was the ideal age to start a family.
- 49% of Brits overall say that the ideal age to start a family is between 25 and 29
- While 22% chose the ages 30-34 as the best time
- A substantial 56% of Brits believe that the ideal age for a woman to have children is between 25 and 29, whilst just 17% think that 30 to 34 is more appropriate
- In contrast, 36% of people conclude that 30 to 34 is the best age for men to start a family, while statistically slightly more (42%) think 25 to 29 is the best age
- Just under half (49%) of those surveyed think the ideal age for they themselves to have children would be between 25 and 29
More British mothers are having their first child between 25 and 29 now than they were ten years ago. In the UK, the average age for females to start a family in Britain is around 29.4, up one year on average in the past decade, while record numbers of women are also starting families in their forties.