Statistics reveal average Briton
Published 13/10/2010 | 15:05
The average British man is 38 years old, has 41 years left to live and has completed A-levels, while the typical woman is aged 40, will live for another 42 years and is educated up to GCSE A*-C level.
Average men in full-time employment work 39 hours per week and earn £28,270 a year. If he lives in England, he is about 5ft 9in and weighs 13.16 stone, according to figures compiled by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
On average, women with full-time jobs work 34 hours a week and earn a £22,151 salary. Women living in England or Wales will have 1.96 children during their lifetime, the statistics showed. The average woman in England weighs 11 stone and is 5ft 3in.
The ONS compiled the figures - the latest available - to mark next week's United Nations World Statistics Day.
National Statistician Jil Matheson said: "Statistics form the backbone of democratic debate. It is impossible to open a daily newspaper or watch a news broadcast without seeing references to statistics on the economy, health, education or crime. Every day in the UK, decisions are made and money invested based on official statistics."
The ONS analysis revealed the five items most likely to be included in a typical weekly grocery shop were a two-pint carton of semi-skimmed milk, pre-packed sliced ham, unsweetened breakfast cereal, bacon and a bar of milk chocolate.
It showed 2.4 people lived in the typical British household.
In England and Wales, the average age at first marriage was 30.8 years for men and 28.8 years for women. The average woman gave birth aged 29.4 years, while people's age at the time of divorce was 36.9 years for men and 40.8 years for women.
The typical man remarried at the age of 45.9 years, compared to an average of 43.1 years for women.
Men take more exercise, with 39% saying they achieved the recommended amount, compared to 29% of women.