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Friday Question of the Day – How Old are You?

by Prince Of Petworth December 19, 2013 at 10:22 pm 75 Comments

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Yesterday a reader commented that he thought the average age of the PoPville commenter was 45. We polled this question back in 2008 and at that time most readers were between 21 and 35. I’m curious what the answer is today. I’m 39. How old are you guys?

  • Pworth

    I’m 46 and have lived here for 20 years. But I’m finding it harder and harder to meet people with whom I have common interests, so I’ll probably move to a smaller city in the next few years. DC’s a great place to be young; not such a great place to retire.

    • What cities are you thinking of? I’m in the same boat–as a single 40-something, this is a great city for working in but not one I think is great to age and retire in.

      • Anonymous

        We’re looking at Providence or the RI coast, Charlottesville, maybe Richmond. Ithaca NY if we can stand the weather ;). College towns with some culture would be ideal.

        • textdoc

          “College towns with some culture would be ideal.” May I recommend my hometown of Chapel Hill, NC?

      • Anonymous

        I would like to submit Burlington, VT and Boise, ID for your consideration!

    • julia

      I’m 45 and have also lived here for 20 years. I love this city more and more every day. It is amazing for me to see all the changes taking place, especially over the last several years (Thanks Popville!). Absolutely love the change, love the onslaught of Millennials, love that feeling of rounding the corner on my bike and seeing what’s new on the block. It’s like visiting a new city every weekend. I feel lucky to live here.

      • Love your description of my home town. I too often wonder if this is the best place for me at 50, but for now I am having a good time.

        Retirement is still a ways down the road…

    • AMDCer

      That sounds familiar – I’m 44 and have lived in the city for 20 years (grew up close by in Hyattsville, though). I’ve also been thinking that it would be nice to move to a smaller city, but perhaps in MD. Any suggestions? I’ve thought of Annapolis, but I’d really like to head somewhere with less expensive real estate.

      • MPinDC

        Also a long time DC resident (almost 20 years) who grew up in Maryland (Frederick area). I love DC, and have started thinking about moving to a smaller town when I retire. My family has a farm in Emmitsburg (MD) so that would be the logical place. I can start a new career as a hop farmer. Hops, and chickens so we can have fresh eggs with our beer.

      • MPinDC

        And I meant to add – have you considered places like Middletown or Brunswick? Or my hometown (Emmitsburg)?

        • AMDCer

          I haven’t gotten to the point that I’m ready to pick up and go just yet, but will definitely go and visit some places. Thanks for the suggestions – the names of these places are familiar, but I don’t think I’ve ever been to them.

    • spookiness

      I’m with you. Its a good place to come when you are young to build your career. It’s less of a good place if you want to change careers.

    • Beverley in San Diego

      I plan on retiring in 4 years and my husband and I hope to rent out our house for a year and live in DC. We visit a couple of times a year but don’t get to see the different neighborhoods so I’m getting to know some of them by reading PoPville every morning.

      • TG

        Sounds like a fun adventure.

    • ET

      I just his the 45-54 range and have lived in the area since 1992 (in DC since 1994).

      I sorta agree about the meeting people of a similar age range/interest – DC skews younger for the entertainment thing and since I am not married I don’ have that extension.

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  • DM

    Was any other 25-year-old excited to be in the youngin’ group?

    • Allison

      Yep, top end of 25 here. I get “you’re so young” comments a lot. “You got married so young! You moved here so young!”

      • jim_ed

        Hah. we got married at 25 and living in DC makes me feel like we married at 14.

        • SFT

          I feel the same way about getting married at 33. Lots of DC friends in their 30s and 40s are still single and having a great time. Far different from my hometown in the Florida panhandle (aka Redneck Riviera!) where most everyone gets married right out of highschool. I love that aspect of DC – you can live a much more independent life and not be judged or labeled an old maid for not being married by 25. Doesn’t matter if you find your person at 25, 45, or 65!

    • Anonymous

      Rant: I’m in the 3rd “group”
      Rave: I’m 35, so I will be there for 9 more years.

    • Mark

      I am 34 for 3 more months so it was nice to still be youngish by popville standards!!!

      • Anonymous

        The 26-34 year-old group is an odd one. I think there’s a huge difference between someone in their late 20’s and a person who’s 34.

        • AG

          I think this is the age where, at least in DC, most of us mature much more quickly. It’s when most people get married, get on the baby track, grow out of the post-college haze. I’ve met 32 year olds still living in group houses and drinking every night and 28 year olds who are married and living in the burbs. I think once people get to 35 they’re definitely grown-ups, but before then, it’s kind of a crap shoot.

          • Anonymous

            So true.

          • Anonymous

            Oh yeah, I’ve definitely seen the over-30 group house with no furniture in the living room except a beer pong table. I was invited to a “house party” not knowing it would be *that kind* of house party. When I entered, looked around, and saw all the dazed 35-year olds with red cups in hand, I cringed. Did not stay.

          • SFT

            Sure, but in DC most of those 35 year olds have professional jobs making $70k+, trot around the world for a living, and have no desire to be a ‘grown up’. I tell people that DC is like Neverland, you don’t have to grow up if you don’t want to. Keep on renting group houses, playing beer pong, hit up happy hours 5 nights a week, and be as awesome as you want to be, well into your 40s. Although, I do see lots of people (mainly guys) who play around until their 40s and then realize that they forgot to grow up, start a savings account, have a family, etc..and then really freak out!

        • Irving Streete

          At 26, I still hadn’t graduated college, I was waiting tables, and I was shacked up with my girlfriend doing all kinds of things that weren’t wise or legal.

          At 34 I had a BA, a career, two kids and had been “married in a big cathedral by a priest (If I’m the man you love the most you can say ‘I do at least).

          • Anonymous

            I’m approaching my mid 30’s and my narrative from age 26 is only slightly less extreme.

          • Anonymous

            That’s the way to do it. Have fun, be crazy, and then clean up your act as quickly as possible.

  • Anonymous

    39 as well brother!

  • PG


  • Anonymous

    I’m 30 and have lived in the District for 12 years. My next move will hopefully be San Francisco, but that won’t be for at least 5 more years!

  • kken

    42 but look 28. Have lived here for 12 years.

    • dcreal

      +1 LOL….So how old do you act?

      • kken

        Good question… I would say it’s a split. When I play the “guess how old I am game” people usually peg me around 33-34 so I guess I act that age.

    • PG

      I also look a lot younger than I am. One of my coworkers was recently shocked that I’m in my 40s and told me I don’t look a minute over 30.

      • kken

        *bro fist*

      • Anonymous

        I’m 32 and people usually say I look in my mid 20s. I got good genes – my mom is in her mid 50s and people mistake her for early 40s all the time.
        My girlfriend is 25, so I probably act a bit younger than others my age.

  • kyle-w

    Been in the 26-35 category for about 6 months. Wife and I also got married “so young” at 23. Bought our house in Petworth the same week.

    • anon

      Whoa! Somehow I has assumed from your homeownership status and marital status that you were my age (late 30s) or older.

      • anon


  • Anonymous

    33. Does your polling feature allow people to enter discrete values instead of checking from a range? Your ranges aren’t going to get you to an average age.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think whether you own a house, are married or have kids determines your intelligence level… in fact some of the smartest people I know are single and rent.

    • 35 year old single renter

      I agree completely ;)

      • bmoredc

        Me too! :)

    • anon

      “I don’t think whether you own a house, are married or have kids determines your intelligence level.”
      Who said it did?

  • Julia

    I’m 45 and have also lived here for 20 years. I love this city more and more every day. It is amazing for me to see all the changes taking place, especially over the last several years (Thanks Popville!). Absolutely love the change, love the onslaught of Millennials, love that feeling of rounding the corner on my bike and seeing what’s new on the block. It’s like visiting a new city every weekend. I feel lucky to live here.

  • CNS

    26 as of the last four months. Moved to DC 3 years ago. Not married, but about to be engaged in the next couple of weeks!

  • Anonymous

    Last year in the 26-34 box :(

  • dcreal

    I’m 36 moved here at 22.

    • dcreal

      Oh usually im told I look around 28…Though a compliment, I wouldn’t care if people said i look 36. Just don’t say I look like my 40’s. lol

  • Walker, DC Ranger

    Hahaha that was me, but I was using a bit of hyperbole to make the point that most of the readers were certainly around in the 1970’s and 1980’s, as the person I was responding to was asserting everyone on here is a “Millennial” or something, and there ought not to comment on Real Estate changes in Logan Circle.

  • hilary1121

    30 years old today! Woohoo!

    • AMDCer

      Happy Birthday!! The 30’s are great – it just gets better…

      • hilary1121

        Thank you!!! :)

  • anon


  • 28. Moved to DC 5 years ago.

  • Irving Streete

    54, (but look years younger, dahlink) been in the city long enough that I saw the Star Wars IV (or, as we called it then, “Star Wars”) in its first run at the Uptown, with a couple of field trips to Boston, Denver and random campaign locations. I find that one of the fun things about rowing is hanging with my 20-somethingsteammates off the water every now and then — you youngins is just so CUTE with all your hormones and booze and sleazy gossip and pop-culture wisdom. It’s like watching kittens play. It keeps me young, it does.

  • FedEmployee

    23! Youngest in my office by many years. I’m probably about 55 at heart, though.

    • textdoc

      Nicely done on getting started in the federal government so early. You’ll reach the 15-year mark (where you start getting 26 days of vacation a year) when you’re 38ish!!

  • anonymouse_dianne

    I am 60. When I went for my last mammogram, the clerk squinted at my ID and said “Is this you? You look great!” I grew up in the city, and except for a few forays to the ‘burbs and college have been here all my life. I recently bought in the 14th street corridor at Union Row, in one of the quiet warehouse apts. I think I’d be happy retiring here. I am working from home today and plan to get lunch and Busboys and Poets around 2.

    • MaddiesDad

      I’m 61 and have lived in DC since 1979 — first Cleveland Park, then 25 years in AU Park/Tenleytown, and now in Union Row on 14th St in the flats facing the warehouses for the past 2 1/2 years. Walked to work before I retired a year ago, and walk everywhere. I think DC is a great city for retirement, and I love that it’s getting younger. Helps keep me feeling young. Plus, I never have to go to visit people outside the city because they always want to come here!

  • ann

    43, partner is 51 and we feel super old in most areas of DC. Always a treat to go to a Meetup or event and find people our own age. We plan to stay for six more years and then leave for Mexico. Theme phrase around our house of late is “Mexico 2020!”

  • TG

    39 – Married – two kids – wife of almost 10 years. I have officially been a D.C. resident since 2002 but in the area for 20 years. I absolutely love Washington D.C. more and more each year (it just keeps getting better in my opinion).

  • Anonymous

    So the average commenter is 26 to 34, but sounds like they are 45?

  • Ebenezer S

    It’s good to read so many other considering retirement and how DC might fit into that. 100% agree that DC is already such a wonderful place, and getting even better every day. I moved here 35 years ago, the charm was there then too but framed by so many challenging issues. I cannot say if downtown DC was so ‘young’ oriented then as now, I too was young to notice and never saw any reason why that would change -mea culpa.

    The change in youth, wealth, sophistication, expensive housing etc are noticible to me in most large US cities, not just DC.

    Where to retire is a challenging question! I enjoy the weather of south, but can’t see abiding the political climate. I cannot contemplate calling Sr Rubio or Sr Cruz my senator. I remember Jessie Helms suggesting to put a fence around Chapel Hill and renaming it the NC Zoo – that lingers for me.

    Quaint New England village, Sober Politics, Diverse Culture, Sophisticated Food, Carribean Weather, Waterfront Properties for around the price of a DC studio -Still Looking

  • laplot


  • I’m a bohemian oldster who has lived in Columbia Heights since 1987. It is strange and interesting to see the new youngsters – but frustrating that you too often are stuck in your phones, or don’t know how/aren’t interested in conversations with people other than yourselves.

    My large bunch of visiting nieces & nephews used to play a game where they counted all the rats they saw from my window. Now they assign points for skinny blond pony-tail white girls with yoga mats.

  • Anonymous

    55 and I have shingles for the holidays : (

  • James

    Turned 26 last month.


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