Three quarters of Gen Xers have children (with an average of 2.5), and most have children living with them now. Almost 20% have blended families that include a child from a previous relationship.
Two in five are working in the career they intended when they entered the workforce. Almost a quarter have been with the same employer for 15 years or longer.
The average age a Gen Xer is planning to start collecting Social Security is 65. However, when given information about the age at which they can collect full benefits, the average age increased to 66.
The largest percentage (41%) of Gen Xers identifies more with Generation X than with Baby Boomers or Generation Y, but a significant portion (28%) identify with Boomers.
The nationally representative survey was conducted by GfK Custom Research North America on behalf of the MetLife Mature Institute between November 29, 2012 and December 19, 2012. A total 1,000 interviews were completed by phone – respondents were all born between the years of 1965 and 1976. Data were weighted by demographics to reflect the total Gen X population.