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The 2017 estimates for the average earnings of men and women, if working full time, are as follows (please note, these are median rather than mean. Median is our headline measure):

Women £25,308
Men £31,103

Historical information – going up to 2017 - is contained in the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) publication. There are numerous data tables, but probably the most useful is the Table of Selected Estimates, 1997-2017. Table 2 in that spreadsheet gives estimates for full time employees. Please note that the 2009 figures in that Table differ from those referred to in the article. This is because the 2009 information would have been provisional at the time of the article, and revised the following year.

As of 2016, the 'average' British woman is 40.2 years old and has 48 years left to live. She will have 1.91 children during her lifetime. The average British man is 38.8 years old and has 47 years left to live.

The 'average' household size in the UK in 2016 was 2.39 people compared with 2.42 people per household in 1996.

It would be possible to run specific analyses on levels of education and the five most likely items in a weekly grocery shop. This can be requested from our Social Survey team. This service is subject to legal frameworks, disclosure control, resources and agreements of costs, where appropriate. To discuss your requirements and request an analysis please contact the Social Surveys team on

As this information is already available to you via this route, we consider that s.21(1) applies to this request, and the information does not have to be supplied under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act. S.21(1) is an absolute exemption and no consideration of the public interest test needs to be applied.

Unfortunately we do not hold any information on average height and weight of those living in England. This part of request may be better placed with NHS England.