Today, day two of The Elderblogger Survey results, we’ll take a look at the questions about Living Arrangements, Employment and Financial Condition.
Before we get started, here’s the standard reminder about this Survey:
- It is not balanced against the general population
- It is not balanced against even the elder population
- Respondents are self-selected, so not a representative sample
- Therefore, the survey has no statistical validity
Nevertheless, because the survey was distributed mostly among elderbloggers themselves and other elders who read blogs, we can get a bit of an idea of who we are and what we are like.
Today, we can further refine the description of an average elderblogger to a woman who lives in a small city in the U.S. with her spouse or partner and a cat. She is retired, lives in a house she owns and has an income in the mid-five figures.
(A total of 402 people participated in the survey, but some did not answer all the questions. In today's group, there are 390 respondents unless noted otherwise in parentheses at the end of a question.)
13. What country do you live in?
We overwhelming live in the U.S., but I am surprised and pleased to see how many other countries are represented even if only by one or two people each.
Other countries with either one or two residents:
Denmark – 1
France – 2
Germany – 2
India – 1
Israel - .5 (lives in U.S. half the year)
Italy – 1
Northern Ireland – 1
South Africa – 1
Sweden - 1
Turkey - 1
14. What size city do you live in?
15. What kind of housing do you live in?
Write-in answers were allowed. I’ve folded answers of co-housing (one) and condo into apartments because I was looking to distinguish between single-family homes and multiple-person dwellings.
16. Do you own or rent your home?
17. With whom do you live?
Multiple answers were allowed.
18. Are you a full- or part-time caregiver? If so, to whom?
The total is larger than 100 percent as multiple choices were allowed.
19. Do You Keep a pet or pets?
20. If you keep pets, what kind do you have? (257)
Multiple choices were allowed for this question. “Other” pets include hamster, chinchilla, guinea pig, ferret, mice, turtle, and rabbits. Farm animals include horses, chickens, goats, oxen, cows and ducks, some as working/producing animals and others as pets.
21. What is your employment status? (390)
22. If you work, how many hours a week do you do so? (260)
23. Do you do volunteer work? (If so, how many hours per week?) (390)
24. What is your annual gross income (in U.S. dollars)? (390)
25. What Are Your Sources of Income? (390)
This was a multiple choice question so results add up to more than 100 percent. I’ve folded all sources of earnings – commissions, freelance fees, book residuals, sale of artwork, etc. into salary, and such income as property rentals and royalties from mineral rights into investments.
Remaining in the “other” category of income sources are a few such as alimony, and “private.” I don’t know if private means, “I won't tell you” or if it might be something more – well, interesting. My favorite “other” answers of one each are none, gambling and gifts. None is intriguing, gambling undoubtedly has its ups and downs over time, and gifts leaves open a lot of questions.
Tomorrow we’ll look into our use of technology and the internet.
[The week of Mother’s Day stories continues at The Elder Storytelling Place today with The Best She Could.]