Most people are not trust fund babies, but that doesn't mean retiring early is out of the picture.
Far from it, actually, according to newly released data from Allianz Life's 2014 LoveFamilyMoney study. Americans planning to retire early share several traits, but coming from a life of privilege is not among them.
"You don't have to be born lucky with money as you start out in order to retire early," said Katie Libbe, vice president of consumer insights at Allianz Life. "The people that plan to retire early did just that. They made it a priority. They made it a plan."
Having children also did not appear to affect people's plans to retire early, even though raising a child to age 18 costs close to a quarter of a million dollars. Some 87 percent of those intending to retire early had children, in line with those not ready to stop working. (Tweet This)
Allianz Life commissioned the January 2014 survey of 4,500 people with incomes of more than $50,000, and it has since released several sets of findings. In this batch, 25.9 percent of the respondents said they intend to retire before age 65.
The average retirement age has barely budged for a decade, according to the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, and in 2013 stood at 64 for men and 62 for women. Meanwhile, participation in the labor force for people over age 65 has been increasing for years, and stood at 22.1 percent for men and 13.8 percent for women in 2010, up from 17.7 percent for men and 9.4 percent for women in 2000.
But that doesn't mean early retirement is out of the question. Here are six of the most common behaviors Allianz Life found that early retirees share: