American Men Are Becoming Dads Later Than Ever

The average age of first-time dad’s in the U.S. is now almost 31 years old, according to a new study in Human Reproduction.

A team lead by Yash S. Khandwala, now a medical student at the University of California, San Diego, used federal data stretching from 1972 to 2015, crunching the numbers on more than 168 million births. They found that over that stretch, the average age at which American men became dads rose from 27.4 years to 30.9 years. Guys with college degrees were even older when they had their first child—33.3 years, mirroring maternity trends.

As Megan Thielking reports for STAT