Young Adults Who Live With Their Parents Is The New Norm

Published May 25, 2016
Updated January 18, 2018
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New findings from the Pew Research Center have revealed for the first time in 134 years, more young Americans ages 18-34 are living with their parents than anywhere else.

Today, 32.1 percent of millennials are living with their parents, slightly more than the 31.6 percent living with a spouse or partner.

Millennial males live at home at a rate of 35 percent, while only 28 percent choose to live with their significant other. Millennial females demonstrate an opposing trend: 35 percent live with their partners, while 29 percent live at home. 14 percent of those studied are living alone, up from 3 percent in 1880.

Pew says these new trends are due to the fact that fewer young Americans want to settle down with a romantic partner before the age of 35. Researchers note that all the way back to 1880, the most common living arrangement for young people was newly married couples living together. However, that trend peaked in 1962, when 62 percent of people ages 18-34 lived with their partners.

But some living situations trends have stayed on track. For instance, less educated young adults are more likely to live at home than their educated peers. What else should we expect, Pew notes, given that wages (for men at least) have been on a downward trajectory since 1970.

It’s a bit of a different story for women, though. In the past, they were encouraged to get married and not work. But now more and more young women have jobs and are living independently (35 percent) than living at home (29 percent). Pew speculates that one reason women aren’t marrying and moving in with their partners is because men’s wages have been suffering.

Read more about how millennials might decide the 2016 elections. Then, find out how using social media impacts body image.

Elisabeth Sherman
Elisabeth Sherman is a writer living in Jersey City, New Jersey.
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