Poll: Understanding the average forum member age

Questions on how we spend our money and our time - consumer goods and services, home and vehicle, leisure and recreational activities

How old are you?

15-20
0
No votes
21-25
26
4%
26-30
68
11%
31-35
83
14%
36-40
58
10%
41-45
65
11%
46-50
48
8%
51-55
60
10%
56-60
54
9%
61-65
58
10%
66-70
44
7%
71-75
22
4%
76-80
6
1%
81-85
2
0%
86-90
0
No votes
91-95
0
No votes
96-100
0
No votes
101-105
0
No votes
106-110
2
0%
 
Total votes: 596

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Poll: Understanding the average forum member age

Post by HardHitter » Sun Jan 12, 2014 6:52 pm

It would be interesting to see what the average age is of the members of this board.

So answer the poll and let's see what the range is

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Re: Poll: Understanding the average forum member age

Post by The Wizard » Sun Jan 12, 2014 6:53 pm

I'm practically older than dirt at this point...
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Re: Poll: Understanding the average forum member age

Post by HardHitter » Sun Jan 12, 2014 7:00 pm

The Wizard wrote:I'm practically older than dirt at this point...
Haha, just look at it as being very experienced in life.

I'm 27, turning 28 in May and I feel like I'm "old"

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Re: Poll: Understanding the average forum member age

Post by englishgirl » Sun Jan 12, 2014 7:25 pm

If it wasn't sscritic who said he was >106, I'll be disappointed!
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Post by VictoriaF » Sun Jan 12, 2014 7:31 pm

englishgirl wrote:If it wasn't sscritic who said he was >106, I'll be disappointed!
It matches The Wizard's comment.

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Post by slow n steady » Sun Jan 12, 2014 8:05 pm

HardHitter wrote:
The Wizard wrote:I'm practically older than dirt at this point...
Haha, just look at it as being very experienced in life.

I'm 27, turning 28 in May and I feel like I'm "old"
I've been feeling old lately as well. But then I notice that I am the 77th one to vote in this poll and I am the only one under 26 so far. Time to get off of Bogleheads and enjoy my youth.

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Post by Ron » Sun Jan 12, 2014 8:16 pm

Only 110?

You should have allowed for a few more years! :mrgreen:

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Re: Poll: Understanding the average forum member age

Post by Bacchus01 » Sun Jan 12, 2014 8:25 pm

I'm envious of the people here that are under 30. You will be much better off than us that started later. I'm 40 and started as a BH at age 39, but was saving for much, much longer.

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Re: Poll: Understanding the average forum member age

Post by enderland » Sun Jan 12, 2014 8:36 pm

Holy wow I feel young at 25.

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Post by pjstack » Sun Jan 12, 2014 9:36 pm

enderland wrote:Holy wow I feel young at 25.
You are! You are! (Enjoy!)
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Re: Poll: Understanding the average forum member age

Post by englishgirl » Sun Jan 12, 2014 9:45 pm

VictoriaF wrote:
englishgirl wrote:If it wasn't sscritic who said he was >106, I'll be disappointed!
It matches The Wizard's comment.

Victoria
I expect Wizards not to lie, whereas sscritic says he does repeatedly on here. Therefore, I'd expect The Wizard to either need a 900+ age category, or to have voted an age attainable by mere mortals.
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Re: Poll: Understanding the average forum member age

Post by youngindexer » Sun Jan 12, 2014 9:45 pm

slow n steady wrote:But then I notice that I am the 77th one to vote in this poll and I am the only one under 26 so far. Time to get off of Bogleheads and enjoy my youth.
There are several of us around(5 thus far) although it does seem we are the minority.

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Post by sscritic » Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:00 pm

englishgirl wrote: I expect Wizards not to lie, whereas sscritic says he does repeatedly on here. Therefore, I'd expect The Wizard to either need a 900+ age category, or to have voted an age attainable by mere mortals.
But I have also stated that I am older than dirt, so perhaps I am The Wizard's alter ego ( or he mine).

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Re: Poll: Understanding the average forum member age

Post by Steelersfan » Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:28 pm

The current age distribution (as of 180 respondents) isn't much different than the census data as of 2000, excepting the under 20 year group, who are very unlikely to be investors who post on this board.

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Post by Steelersfan » Mon Jan 13, 2014 8:56 am

And now with 230 votes, it's starting to look more like a mesa on the western plains, not at all like the normal distribution of the population.

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Re: Poll: Understanding the average forum member age

Post by The Wizard » Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:26 am

englishgirl wrote:
VictoriaF wrote:
englishgirl wrote:If it wasn't sscritic who said he was >106, I'll be disappointed!
It matches The Wizard's comment.

Victoria
I expect Wizards not to lie, whereas sscritic says he does repeatedly on here. Therefore, I'd expect The Wizard to either need a 900+ age category, or to have voted an age attainable by mere mortals.
I suspect you're right about both Wizard and sscritic...
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Re: Poll: Understanding the average forum member age

Post by Imperabo » Mon Jan 13, 2014 10:09 am

Bogleheads --> where I come to feel young and poor

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Re: Poll: Understanding the average forum member age

Post by Rodc » Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:15 am

Remarkably flat from 26-70.
We live a world with knowledge of the future markets has less than one significant figure. And people will still and always demand answers to three significant digits.

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Post by travellight » Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:00 pm

by Rodc » Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:15 am

Remarkably flat from 26-70.
True.... this surprises me. I thought there would be mostly 40-65 yo here.

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Post by femur » Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:19 pm

youngindexer wrote:
slow n steady wrote:But then I notice that I am the 77th one to vote in this poll and I am the only one under 26 so far. Time to get off of Bogleheads and enjoy my youth.
There are several of us around(5 thus far) although it does seem we are the minority.
I joined bogleheads (or at least was reading threads here as well as the old Morningstar) back in my early 20s. I am 31 now and in a great financial position thanks to all the wisdom gained from these forums.

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Post by Jay69 » Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:28 pm

And here I was looking for more older and wiser people than myself :wink:
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Post by RadAudit » Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:36 pm

Imperabo wrote:Bogleheads --> where I come to feel young and poor
Based on the bar graph, I just feel poor.
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Re: Poll: Understanding the average forum member age

Post by Dulocracy » Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:41 pm

travellight wrote:
by Rodc » Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:15 am

Remarkably flat from 26-70.
True.... this surprises me. I thought there would be mostly 40-65 yo here.
I expected 46 to 55 to be by far the highest; furthermore, I thought there would be significantly more of those in advanced age than those in their 20's and 30's.
Jay69 wrote:And here I was looking for more older and wiser people than myself :wink:
Judging by your excellent movie reference in your photograph, I would guess you are in your late 30's to mid 40's. Do you play chess? In any event, looking at the numbers as a whole, there are plenty older and wiser than we are on whom we can rely. Perhaps there are some younger and wiser than we are as well? :sharebeer
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Post by fareastwarriors » Mon Jan 13, 2014 2:04 pm

I will be 26 in 2 weeks. :beer

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Post by serbeer » Mon Jan 13, 2014 3:23 pm

So what did we learn from this poll? That bogleheads are pretty evenly distributed between 25 and 70? That all ages are nearly equally concerned about making their money work as efficiently as possible? I guess a negative result is also a result.

I guess there is a light spike in pre-retirement group and 30-35 group that is likely to start thinking about having kids and/or earning significant money already on average.

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Re: Poll: Understanding the average forum member age

Post by jebmke » Mon Jan 13, 2014 3:35 pm

Will the person who voted 106-110 like to chime in and give us a first hand telling of what it was like during the stock market crashes of the 1920s/30s. Do you have any recollection of the panic of 1907?
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Post by peppers » Mon Jan 13, 2014 6:12 pm

jebmke wrote:Will the person who voted 106-110 like to chime in and give us a first hand telling of what it was like during the stock market crashes of the 1920s/30s. Do you have any recollection of the panic of 1907?

shhhhh....someone's taking a nap
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Post by chaz » Mon Jan 13, 2014 6:56 pm

I just keep getting older.
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Post by Lon » Mon Jan 13, 2014 8:05 pm

I am coming up on 80 this year.

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Post by Alistair » Mon Jan 13, 2014 8:17 pm

Steelersfan wrote: Image
As a 43 year old I'm a bit concerned about the rapid shrinking of this thing form my age onward :(

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Post by Epsilon Delta » Mon Jan 13, 2014 8:52 pm

Alistair wrote: As a 43 year old I'm a bit concerned about the rapid shrinking of this thing form my age onward :(
It's not quite as bad as it looks. The shrinkage is not because that cohort is dieing off at a rapid rate, it's because that's the top of the baby boom and the cohort ahead has always been smaller. If you look at figure 2 on page 3 in
http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/brie ... 0br-03.pdf you can see how between 2000 and 2010 the baby boom got older without many deaths. However in 10 to 20 years the shrinkage will start in earnest.

And if somebody can find and post an image of that age pyramid from the census web site it might be helpful.

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Post by nisiprius » Mon Jan 13, 2014 8:58 pm

jebmke wrote:Will the person who voted 106-110 like to chime in and give us a first hand telling of what it was like during the stock market crashes of the 1920s/30s. Do you have any recollection of the panic of 1907?
(No, it wasn't me but I can't resist answering this one...)

Ah, yes, fine man that J. P. Morgan, and wrote that fine song,"Jingle Bells, or was that James Pierpont? Great horse breeder, great. Is he still running the Vanguard Morgan Fund? Well, nineteen ought seven, yes. I remember that year very well. Very well. It was 1907. They don't make years like that any more. And the young people nowadays, no respect for their elders, and someone ought to give that Cyrus McCormick girl a good swat on the patoozy 'stead of putting her on the television, shameless, what's the world coming to, and we had beautiful music then, what they listen to now, it's noise, I'm telling you, just noise. Or was it Cyrus McKinley? Was she William McKinley's girl? No, I'm thinking of someone else. But when it comes to singing, let me tell you, nothing has ever topped Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth, nothing, say, did you ever hear them sing "Turn Off Your Light, Mr. Moon Man?" Terrific! But the panic of 1907--I remember clearly, it was not a leap year, I don't know why not but it wasn't--but Morgan, now I'm telling you, that was just neighbors taking care of neighbors, no government bailout, now there was a man, why you know what he did? Locked 'em in the room until they coughed up the $25 million, that's what he did. Hah! And let me tell you, back then, we didn't need no billions or trillions, he fixed it all by himself and stopped the panic and it only cost $25 million. Great man, great, and I for one never did believe that stuff they said, or was that someone else? Met him a few times, but it was so hard not to stare at his nose.
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Post by sscritic » Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:20 pm

The song Harrigan, which I remember well watching Jimmy Cagney sing in Yankee Doodle Dandy in the newly remodeled Hollywood Paramount Theatre back in 1942, was written in 1907.

P.S. Jimmy used to live around the corner from me in the Marson Farms house built by Louella Parsons, but I didn't live in the neighborhood when Clark Gable and Carole Lombard lived there.

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Post by JW-Retired » Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:36 pm

Rodc wrote:Remarkably flat from 26-70.
Yes, very flat until 70 and then we fall off the precipice. I didn't see that cliff coming so I'm pretty annoyed. :annoyed
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Post by Steelersfan » Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:52 pm

I'm encouraged by the number of respondents under the age of 35.

That bodes well for them, and the future of Boglehead style investing..

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Post by VictoriaF » Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:57 pm

jebmke wrote:Will the person who voted 106-110 like to chime in and give us a first hand telling of what it was like during the stock market crashes of the 1920s/30s. Do you have any recollection of the panic of 1907?
The second person has voted in that group. If it's the spouse of the first one, their recollection of the 1920s may be one-sided.

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Post by horste » Tue Jan 14, 2014 1:11 am

Imperabo wrote:Bogleheads --> where I come to feel young and poor
Amen. Feel ya as a young 26 years of age social worker.

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Post by mojave » Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:32 am

Those of us under 30 - who is here thanks to experiencing the Recession right out of college?

::raises hand::

I honestly don't think I would have given any thought to my finances outside of a savings account and 401k if it weren't for the Recession and the mess I have seen it cause first-hand. The kind of things that make your hair turn white overnight. As an optimist, I am glad I experienced it when it did, even though it has delayed things in my life a few years (promotions, kids). I feel lucky and blessed to have been thrown into shock and reality.

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Post by midareff » Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:41 am

I'm surprised..... widely diversified like a good portfolio.

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Post by midareff » Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:43 am

VictoriaF wrote:
jebmke wrote:Will the person who voted 106-110 like to chime in and give us a first hand telling of what it was like during the stock market crashes of the 1920s/30s. Do you have any recollection of the panic of 1907?
The second person has voted in that group. If it's the spouse of the first one, their recollection of the 1920s may be one-sided.

Victoria

Next time I see my fourth grade teacher (lives down the hall and turned 106 last October) I'll ask for U.

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Post by VictoriaF » Tue Jan 14, 2014 8:25 am

midareff wrote:
VictoriaF wrote:
jebmke wrote:Will the person who voted 106-110 like to chime in and give us a first hand telling of what it was like during the stock market crashes of the 1920s/30s. Do you have any recollection of the panic of 1907?
The second person has voted in that group. If it's the spouse of the first one, their recollection of the 1920s may be one-sided.

Victoria
Next time I see my fourth grade teacher (lives down the hall and turned 106 last October) I'll ask for U.
Thank you, midareff!

Her perspective is very valuable. How does she feel being a youngster having made it into this group just last October?

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Post by vested1 » Tue Jan 14, 2014 8:34 am

How do you know you're getting older? When it takes you a long time to get to the bottom of the drop down that asks you the year you were born. :happy

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Post by sscritic » Tue Jan 14, 2014 8:38 am

vested1 wrote:How do you know you're getting older? When it takes you a long time to get to the bottom of the drop down that asks you the year you were born. :happy
What's up with that? Drop downs should start at 1886 so I can get in and out quickly. Let the young ones with energy scroll down to the bottom!

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Post by siamond » Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:02 am

travellight wrote:
by Rodc » Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:15 am

Remarkably flat from 26-70.
True.... this surprises me. I thought there would be mostly 40-65 yo here.
Same for me. Quite unexpected results!

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Re: Poll: Understanding the average forum member age

Post by HardHitter » Tue Jan 14, 2014 1:46 pm

Glad you guys enjoyed the poll and the results! I was surprised by the fact that there is more of the "younger" crowd. I thought I was getting a jump ahead of my peers by doing all of this when I was 27...I guess not!

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Post by Caduceus » Tue Jan 14, 2014 4:02 pm

I think that's because a lot of the younger folks are more likely to be readers/lurkers, or will post once or twice, whereas those who are older and with more experience post more - they are the ones with the answers. So the forum seems older than it really is.

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Post by an_asker » Tue Jan 14, 2014 4:05 pm

VictoriaF wrote:
englishgirl wrote:If it wasn't sscritic who said he was >106, I'll be disappointed!
It matches The Wizard's comment.

Victoria
Are you setting 105 as the upper bound for the age of dirt? :oops:

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Re: Poll: Understanding the average forum member age

Post by an_asker » Tue Jan 14, 2014 4:10 pm

Alistair wrote:
Steelersfan wrote: Image
As a 43 year old I'm a bit concerned about the rapid shrinking of this thing form my age onward :(
It could be a proxy for when laziness sets in, especially poll-related.

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