Rising number of young adults living with parents

Alexander Fishkov

Alexander Fishkov, Ph.D. student Computer Science

For most young people, reaching adulthood comes with leaving their parents’ residence and starting to live on their own.  However, due to various circumstances, young adults may remain living with their parents for a longer period. In this post, we examine ACS data provided by the Census and IPUMS to see how housing arrangements for young adults have changed over the decades.

We considered people between the ages of 18 and 34 and traced the three most common types of households. “Staying with parents” includes people referenced as a son or daughter of the household head. “Staying with spouse or partner” includes those reported as a household head or as the spouse or partner of one. Finally, “Living alone or single parent” means that a person is a household head and lives either alone or with dependent children. Note that these arrangements do not cover all possibilities and thus the ratios on the graph below do not sum to one.

In 2015, young adults were almost equally likely to live with a partner or with parents: 34.8 percent and 32.2 percent respectively. Some 50 years ago, the situation was drastically different. In 1960, only 19.6 percent of young people stayed at home, while 63.1 percent were already living with a spouse or partner.

The number of young people staying at home has been steadily increasing, and in a couple of years it may well surpass couples living separately if the trend continues.

The percentage of “loners” and single parents rose until 2005 (17.6 percent) but is now decreasing, reaching 13.8 percent in 2015.

If we examine the genders separately, we notice that the percentage of young men staying with their parents has already exceeded couples — 34.7 percent are staying at home, while 32.6 percent live with a partner.

For young women, the percentage staying with a spouse or a partner is still higher than staying at home (although it is decreasing). About 37.2 percent of young women are living with a partner, while 29.7 percent are staying at home with parents.

Here we present a map of young adults living at home in the U.S. New Jersey, New York and Connecticut hold the top three places. In New Jersey, the number of young people staying with their parents is as high as 44.8 percent! On the lower end, we have North Dakota with 13.7 percent and Washington, D.C. with 14.9.

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About Alexander Fishkov

Alexander Fishkov

Alexander Fishkov, Ph.D. student Computer Science

Alexander is a Ph.D. student in Computer Science. He currently holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Applied Math. He has experience working for industry major companies performing research in the fields of machine learning, data mining and natural language processing. In his free time, Alexander enjoys hiking, Nordic skiing and traveling.

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2 thoughts on “Rising number of young adults living with parents”

  1. My theory is maybe everything is way too expensive in Riverside compared to other places. Housing is off the charts here. It used to be affordable but not anymore. I’m a lifelong Riverside Resident. I’m seriously disgusted at the high cost. I was middle class , but now barely making ends meet. I can understand why Riverside has a large number of homeless families. There is something really wrong with this picture.

  2. Many factors living in the NE is getting worst every year they also are facing loosing more electors in the 2020 census since so many people relocating out of those states. Midwest has dirt cheap land and housing but little job growth. The south has a lot of retirees and thus would be more likely to have their children living with them. A lot of divorce people are forced to move back home as well as single parents. You could blame wages but real estate just goes up with it make 25hr? rent is 1200. I was surprised about couples not living together since I figured more people are playing house together but not marrying I see that everywhere.

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