There are different characteristics that impact the typical American third culture kid:
90% feel "out of sync" with their peers.
90% report feeling as if they understand other people and cultural groups better than the average American.
80% believe they can get along with anybody, and they often do, due to their sociocultural adaptability.
Divorce rates among TCKs are lower than the general population, but TCKs marry at an older age (25+).
More welcoming of others into their community.
Lack a sense of "where home is", but are often nationalistic.
Cognitive and emotional development
Teenage TCKs are more mature than non-TCKs, but in their twenties take longer than their peers to focus their aims.
Depression is comparatively prevalent among TCKs.
Sense of identity and well-being directly and negatively by repatriation.
Linguistically adept (not as true for military TCKs).
A study whose subjects were all "career military brats"—those who had a parent in the military from birth through high school—shows that brats are linguistically adept.
Like all children, TCKs may experience stress and even grief from the relocation experience.
Education and career
TCKs are 4 times as likely as non-TCKs to earn a bachelor's degree (81% vs 21%)
40% earn an advanced degree (as compared to 5% of the non-TCK population.)
45% of TCKs attended three universities before attaining a degree. (i have attended 3 c: )
44% earned undergraduate degree after the age of 22.
Education, medicine, business management, self-employment, and highly-skilled positions are the most common professions for TCKs.
TCKs are unlikely to work for big business, government, or follow their parents' career choices. "One won't find many TCKs in large corporations. Nor are there many in government ... they have not followed in parental footsteps".