We love comparing ourselves. We pretend we don’t do it. We say “we’re better than that; it’s bad for our brain; it eats up our self esteem.”
But we still, really, if we’re completely honest, do it.
To help you with this, here is a stock take of where you “should” be at and when.
In a population of 24,278,758, these are the Australian averages. The age most of us are getting married, buying a house, having kids. The amount of money and debt and university degrees we all have to our name. The 360 of our lives.
Take a look below and see how you fair in the name of “average-ness”.
How much is the average mortgage?
The average mortgage size for Australian houses is $444,000, according to figures from the Australian Financial Group released in December 2014. NSW had the highest mortgage size, of $544,000. Victoria was $439,000, Western Australia was $428,000, Northern Territory was #375,000, Queensland was $374,000 and South Australia was $349,000
According to the 2011 Census, the average household pays $1,800 a month in mortgage repayments.
How much do we earn?
Recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics puts the average Australian full time salary at $78,832 per year. For men, the average is $83,902. For women, we are below average at $70,392.
In the twelve months to May 2016, full-time Australian workers earned on average $1,516 per week.
What’s our relationship status?
In 2011, 69 per cent of adults had been married at some point in their lives, and 51 per cent were married at the time of the Census.
The same Census showed 71 per cent of Australians were living in a heterosexual family, while the number of same sex couples made up less than one per cent of all couples. Most of these families had children living at home (54 per cent) and the most common family type was two kids – one boy and one girl.