photo: Pixabay

Hey dads, apparently you’re getting older. Okay, obviously everyone is getting older. But the average age of the average dad is growing. There’s been plenty of research on the increasing age of moms. Between the decrease in teen pregnancies and women wanting to wait until they’re settled in their careers to have kids, mamas are getting older. Of course, they’re not the only ones. Take a look at what recent stats are showing us about how dads are stacking up when it comes to the age gain.

Way back in the 1970s (maybe when your parents were having kids) the average age of a new dad was just over 27. By 2015, that number had climbed (not jumped, but maybe more of a bump up or a baby step) to almost 31. Even though the three-year difference may not seem like a big deal, over time it shows a growing trend.

So we kind of guessed that if moms are getting older, dads might be too. Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine looked at data from 168,867,480 births (from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Vital Statistics System). Along with finding the three-year average increase in age for first-time daddies, they also found that the “fathers over 40” category is growing. Yeah, we know — look at George Clooney, who is in his 50’s!

Between 1972 and 2015, the percentage of fathers of newborns doubled, rising from 4.1% to 8.9%. If you’re wondering who the oldest dads are, the study found that Asian-American men (especially Japanese and Vietnamese dads) were the oldest. The research also revealed that the more education a man has, the older he’s likely to be when he has a first child.

Why do you think the average age for first-time dads is increasing? Share your thoughts in the comments below.