I just did the math on the several dozen early retirees posting their age at retirement on a thread (Class of 2016) from early-retirement.org/forums. The average age was 54.6 years old. This isn’t a surprise, given the name of the website, but I was curious what a group of early retirement enthusiasts would average out to.
As I wrote in my earlier post How Early Is Early Retirement? I would consider anything younger than 60 as “early” – and retiring before 50 as “”incredibly early”. When I plan on retiring on 4/1/16, I’ll be precisely 49.9863 years old – which means my date is two weeks ahead of my fiftieth birthday.
There are a few reasons I have picked this date:
- I like the idea of saying I “retired in my forties”
- It aligns with spring weather
- It is two weeks after bonuses are paid (charitable fund)
- It is a month before my son graduates from HS
- It happens to be April Fools Day. Perfect!
I can’t think of a better date than that!
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