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What is the typical age of a geocacher? ???

#1 User is offline   ItisTrue 

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  Posted 30 January 2010 - 04:12 PM

I'm 23.

Are most geocachers older rather than younger?

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 04:16 PM

Anecdotally, I would say older.

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 04:17 PM

Without a clear example of "average" I can say with 100% confidence that most geocachers are older than 23


At the events I have gone to it looks like the average is around 40ish. Interesting how the average age of active adults is also 40ish.

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 04:25 PM

I am 26 and love the sport perfect for getting outdoors and away from the T.V

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 04:30 PM

Mental, or physical age? Forum poster, or not forum poster?

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 04:37 PM

View PostItisTrue, on Jan 30 2010, 04:12 PM, said:

I'm 23.

Are most geocachers older rather than younger?


All of the ones that I have met are.

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 05:13 PM

Judging from what I've seen at events and from the people I know, I'd say the bulk of geocachers fall in the 30-60 age bracket. I'm seeing more and more teens caching these days and of course there are plenty of older people out there as well, but I wouldn't be surprised if 3/4 of cachers fell into that 30 to 60 bracket.

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 05:26 PM

35 here.

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 06:25 PM

18. :D

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 06:48 PM

I'd say it runs from mid-20's well into the 60's. Average around here seems to be 40-45. Me, 60.

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 06:55 PM

I guess I break the mold, then, as I'm 18 years of age. Granted I only have 24 finds, but its hard for me to get out. I do so when I can, though.

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 07:17 PM

This is something I have always been curious of... too bad we cannot make polls on this forum... at least I don't see an option :-(

flipjargendy = 25 years old.

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 07:25 PM

I guess I'm winning at age 16 then. I started finding a lot more once I got my liscence.

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 07:38 PM

I'm 42. Judging from cachers I've met and gallery photos I've looked at, I would say the average age is probably 40-something. I've always wondered why younger cachers seem to be rare. Maybe they are so stealthy, that they go unseen? :D

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 07:58 PM

62 here. The guys I've gone out with in the past are all older. I believe the three of them are between 64 and 66. Oh, and I can't forget the nice young lady that I recently introduced to geocaching ... 30.

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 08:17 PM

Based on my local observations, a large percentage of cachers are 40-somethings. Which is what I am. But I know of cachers as young as 5 and as old as 80.

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 09:36 PM

in metric years I am alot younger

I sure dig the metric system

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 09:49 PM

I am 50. At an event to day I would guess that I was at about the median age. But among those of us who actually went caching afterwords, I was above the mean age.

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 09:59 PM

I'm 39 but feel much older...

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 11:23 PM

What would a typical cacher look like?

Geocaching is great for all ages, I would imagine most are over 20 and can afford transportation and electronics.

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 12:19 AM

I can say with an extremely high degree of confidence that most geocachers are either older or younger than 23 :D

(I guess this post places me as physically older than 23 with a mental age of about 6).

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 12:39 AM

View PostBrantflakes, on Jan 30 2010, 07:25 PM, said:

I guess I'm winning at age 16 then. I started finding a lot more once I got my liscence.


I'm 15.

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 01:43 AM

I'm still a teen' as well. After a while of saving I bought a GPS and now I cycle to most caches!

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 03:22 AM

30 years young! Keeps the legs in shape for mountain biking.

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 04:01 AM

68 here

grand daughter 16

Does that make me the oldest?

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 05:44 AM

31 here...but most times I act much younger!!! My uncle (oldman60) will be 50 :D this summer...ohh...that means I have a party to plan!!! Bruhahahaha. :D

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 06:00 AM

I am 62 as is my wife. Her younger sister introduced us to geocaching - she is 61. We geocache with our grandchildren - all under 10 at this time.

tamaral1

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 06:05 AM

We run from 4 to 44 here. While we don't have any finds yet, I have lost our first GPSr already.

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 06:51 AM

I'm 35, my wife is 28, my son is 3mos.

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 02:02 PM

Seventeen here, but with fifty-year-old parents on occasion, because they're mad hikers and as big as kids as I am! Like everyone else has said before, I figure the majority are quite a bit older. I know for a fact that the few friends I've described this game to seem to have grown out of the "Scavenger Hunt" phase of life.... I like seeing people my age caching- just wish there were more ! :ph34r:

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 02:45 PM

View PostChrysalides, on Jan 31 2010, 12:19 AM, said:

I can say with an extremely high degree of confidence that most geocachers are either older or younger than 23 :o

(I guess this post places me as physically older than 23 with a mental age of about 6).



See ya in first grade then, because I almost wrote the same thing. :D

I think lots of cachers are 40's-ish because we are more into hobbies that we control and can work into our schedule. I work weird hours and have a young child- a hobby that requires a set schedule just won't work for me. I can grab a cache when I have a few minutes on a workday or I can spend a few hours at it once in a while, or I can rush out at night when kiddo and hubby are sleeping. I like getting outside but I'm old enough to want to do it on my terms. :ph34r:

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 02:52 PM

In my area most of the cachers at events look to be in their 40s and 50s. My caching friends and I are in the late 20s through early 30s range.

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 03:19 PM

View PostTrucker Lee, on Jan 31 2010, 01:23 AM, said:

What would a typical cacher look like?


Damp, dirty, worn out, gleam in their eye.

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 04:20 PM

I've been to one event and majority of those were 40ish. But in my group (family) we are 38,18,16,12, and 8. And we all love it.

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 05:42 PM

I am 21. My brother is 13. Our parents also cache.

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 05:55 PM

38 here

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 06:29 PM

19 here. cache mom 49 dad 57 and a friend who is also 19

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 08:43 PM

60 here. Is anyone keeping a tally?

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 04:03 AM

55 here. I love palindroms.

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 01:31 PM

59 :)

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 02:00 PM

View Postknowschad, on Jan 31 2010, 08:43 PM, said:

60 here. Is anyone keeping a tally?


I thought that was your job. :)

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 06:18 PM

I'm 29 and my husband is 27.

We haven't been to any events, but the few fellow cachers we've bumped into in our area seem to be about our age too.

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 07:09 PM

At our house: 58, 52, 11, 9 and 9 months (the puppy).

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 09:32 PM

View Postknowschad, on Jan 31 2010, 08:43 PM, said:

60 here. Is anyone keeping a tally?


Actually, yes! :)
My entry: 38 years old. Including the CanadaKate with the puppy we have the following...

Average (Mean): 35.15
Median: 33 years
Mode (Most Common): 16 years
Total entries: 52
0-17:12 entries
18-31: 14 entries
35-52: 13 entries
55-68: 13 entries

Youngest: 3mo
Youngest able to sign the log: 8 years
Oldest: 68

I have no idea why this thread fascinates me so, but if this data is representative the question is answered: most Geocachers are older than 30 or so.

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 11:28 PM

I would have thought it would be N 47.486732 :) Or something lame like that.

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 12:22 AM

View Postpeterkraatz, on Feb 2 2010, 06:32 PM, said:

View Postknowschad, on Jan 31 2010, 08:43 PM, said:

60 here. Is anyone keeping a tally?


Actually, yes! :)
My entry: 38 years old. Including the CanadaKate with the puppy we have the following...

Average (Mean): 35.15
Median: 33 years
Mode (Most Common): 16 years
Total entries: 52
0-17:12 entries
18-31: 14 entries
35-52: 13 entries
55-68: 13 entries

Youngest: 3mo
Youngest able to sign the log: 8 years
Oldest: 68

I have no idea why this thread fascinates me so, but if this data is representative the question is answered: most Geocachers are older than 30 or so.


I fall into a bracket you left out :o Am 34

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 06:59 AM

View Postbladesedge, on Feb 2 2010, 12:22 AM, said:


I fall into a bracket you left out :D Am 34


Fixed:

Average (Mean): 35.13
Median: 34 years
Mode (Most Common): 16 years
Total entries: 53
0-17:12 entries
18-34: 15 entries
35-52: 13 entries
55-68: 13 entries

Youngest: 3mo
Youngest able to sign the log: 8 years
Oldest: 68

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 06:59 AM

29 and 35 here... but sometimes I feel this is not a matter of age, but of which stage in the life cycle you're at (e.g. retired, empty nested, young couple with little kids)
I haven't met many geocachers like us - young couple with no kids - anyone out there? :D

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 10:15 AM

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 11:44 AM

85 here and the wife 82. 3,630 finds in all 50 states. Great hobby.

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