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View Poll Results: How old were you when you moved out?
16-17 53 20.70%
18-19 97 37.89%
20-21 28 10.94%
22-23 28 10.94%
24-25 9 3.52%
26-27 11 4.30%
28-29 3 1.17%
30+ 3 1.17%
Still living at home 24 9.38%
Voters: 256. You may not vote on this poll

Old 12-24-2008, 07:07 AM
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I got married when I was a 21-year old senior in college.

Pretty much wanted to be out of ear-shot of mom & dad by that time.
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Old 12-24-2008, 08:26 AM
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I wonder how many people voted 19 because it is when they went to college? Going to college isn't really moving out on your own.
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Old 12-24-2008, 09:57 AM
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And with the advent of generation Y's inability to have the financial solvency to be financially independent (thanks baby boomers and the service economy) a lot of of professionals and college graduates move back home after college. So the poll would be more meaningful by asking "at what age did you move out of your parent's the SECOND time".......We are becoming more like Old Europe and South America...in 30 years we'll be a country of dual-family homes with parents upstairs and kids in the basement with their kids waiting on the parents to die so we can move upstairs, just like spain....in that respect I cheer and welcome the continued housing crash so that my generation can create some parity in purchasing power from that of my parents, in spite of the dissapearance of their inflated paper wealth....
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Old 12-27-2008, 07:33 PM
Location: Mid-West Willamette Valley Oregon
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When I was 19, I promised my mom I would be out of the house by 21. 4 months after I turned 21, I moved out. Half way across the country. The first couple years were tough, but it was well worth it. Made me what I am today. A success.
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Old 12-27-2008, 10:05 PM
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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I got a teaching job right out of college less than 2 years ago. I went away to college when I was 18, but I guess you can say I "technically" was on my own at 23.
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Old 12-28-2008, 06:12 AM
Location: West of the 100th Meridian
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Graduated HS and joined the Army at 17.
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Old 12-28-2008, 09:07 AM
Location: Conway, Arkansas
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I "moved out" at 17, a week after I graduated. Technically I guess I ran away, threw most of my clothes and stuff I wanted out my window, climbed out and left at 2 am. I moved in with my aunt and uncle, my parents never really pushed for me to come back b/c my sister could then have her own room (6 years younger). Moved out of my aunt's in October at 17, been myself until this summer.

Spent this last June to September living with them, through my 23rd b-day, while we tried to find a good house, no luck. Moved to Wyo at the end of September, been here since.
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Old 12-30-2008, 08:15 PM
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I moved out at 19 and never looked back. I have always been independent.
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Old 01-02-2009, 09:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Awesomo.2000 View Post
I wonder how many people voted 19 because it is when they went to college? Going to college isn't really moving out on your own.
Financially, you're not on your own. But regardless, you're living on your own and going to a college you want to go to. Way different than high school. It shows you were at least independent enough to move out of your parents house, unlike the people that live at home in college.
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Old 10-06-2013, 08:58 AM
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I have thought more about this topic and realized especially in America there is this whole idea of flying the nest when you hit adulthood. In other countries and cultures families may live together for years with several generations living under the same roof. There is a big push in America to get kids to grow up but with our economic hardships so many kids have to move back home. Hope this isn't permanent and our economy will turn around asap.
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