Stat of the day: 5.15pm

The average time people get home from work, according to a survey.

by Emma Haslett
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
The census may have included lots of dull questions on everything from religion to sexuality (plus the mysteriously blank question 15), but it doesn’t really tell us much that we didn't already know. Step forward, the ‘people’s census’, by home energy management service Alert Me, which has done a bit more to get to the root of the average person.

According to the survey, the average family wakes up at 6.57am, gets home at 5.15pm, goes to bed at 10.39pm, spends £76 a week on food (and £12 a week on alcohol), and eats cottage pie on a Thursday. It owns a silver Ford Fiesta and argues twice a week, and just over two-thirds (unsurprisingly) add that the recession means they’re ‘less well off’. Pleasingly, though, that hasn’t had too much of an emotional effect: apparently, eight in 10 families consider themselves ‘happy’ or ‘very happy’. Which is nice.

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