OFF THE CHARTS: TWENTY-ONE, AND COUNTING …

By Published on .

Most Popular

Your tear-out, pinup cheat sheet for facts about 21-year-olds.

4.1 million Number of Americans turning 21 in 2003.


41% Share of 21-year-olds who currently live with mom and/or dad.


60% Share of college students who plan to move back home after graduation.


1-in-4 Odds that a 21-year-old was raised by a single parent.


70% Share of 21-year-olds who have a full- or part-time job.


31 Hours per day 21-year-olds spend surfing the Web, downloading music and e-mailing friends. MTV


47% Share of 21-year-olds who own a mobile phone.


23 million Number of ad impressions received thus far by the average 21-year-old.


$2,241,141 Amount the average 21-year-old will spend between now and the end of his or her life. Consumer Expenditure Survey (CEX)


56 Years until the average 21-year-old dies. National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)


$208,953 Amount the average 21-year-old will spend between now and the end of his or her life on cars. CEX


93% Share of 21-year-olds who have a credit card today.

60% Share of 21-year-olds who had a credit card in 1999.


$3,000 Credit card debt of the average 21-year old.


1-in-10 Chance that a 21-year-old has credit card debt in excess of $7,000.


14 Number of presidential elections the average 21-year-old will live through. American Demographics projection


1-in-3 Chance that a 21-year-old will vote in the 2004 presidential election. Current Population Survey (CPS)


4.5 Years since the average 21-year-old lost his or her virginity. Kaiser Family Foundation


43% Share of 21-year-old women who will have an abortion by age 45. National Abortion Federation/Alan Guttmacher Institute


2 Number of children the average 21-year-old woman will have in her lifetime. NCHS


4 Number of grandchildren the average 21-year-old woman will have in her lifetime. AD analysis of NCHS data


78% Share of 21-year-olds who have never married. CPS


19% Share of 21-year-olds who are married. CPS


3% Share of 21-year-olds who are separated, divorced or widowed. CPS


5.8 Years until the average 21-year-old man marries for the first time. CPS


4.1 Years until the average 21-year-old woman marries for the first time. CPS

9.4 Years until the average 21-year-old man divorces for the first time (if he ever divorces). Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP)


8.0 Years until the average 21-year-old woman divorces for the first time (if she ever divorces). SIPP


4 Years since the average 21-year-old gay or lesbian came out of the closet. Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)


61% Share of 21-year-olds who believe marriages of gay couples should be recognized by law. Gallup


10 Years until the average 21-year-old buys his or her first home. National Association of Realtors (NAR)


22 Years until the average 21-year-old buys his or her first vacation home. NAR


$735,854 Amount the average 21-year-old will spend on housing between now and the end of his or her life. CEX


43% Share of 21-year-olds who have a tattoo or a body piercing. AD survey


62% Share of 21-year-olds who are non-Hispanic whites. Census 2000


3% Share of 21-year-olds who are multiracial. Census 2000

In this article: