More Young Adults are Living with Parents than with Spouses


The United States Census Bureau has released a study that says Americans between the ages of 18-34 are more likely to be living with their parents than with a spouse.

The study says 22.9 million millennials live with their parents compared to the 19.9 million that are married and living with their spouse.

"Almost 9 in 10 young people who were living in their parents’ home a year ago are still living there today, making it the most stable living arrangement.”

These numbers are being compared to census data compiled in 1975 where more than 31.9 million Americans were married and lived with their spouse.

The Census Bureau counted college students living in dorms as living with parents and has a specific description for what is considered to be cohabitation with a spouse.

“Young adult who lives with a spouse, regardless of whether anyone else is present in the household (e.g., parents, roommates, other family members).”

When trying to figure out why the numbers have changed the way they have, the common answer appears to be based in money made and education gained.

"In 1975, only 25 percent of men, aged 25 to 34, had incomes of less than $30,000 per year. By 2016, that share rose to 41 percent of young men (incomes for both years are in 2015 dollars)...there are now more young women than young men with a college degree, whereas in 1975 educational attainment among young men outpaced that of women."


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