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More young adults are living in their parents' home
  • February 17 2012

So much for empty nesters.

Between 2005 and 2011, the proportion of young adults living in their parents' home increased, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The percentage of men age 25 to 34 living in the home of their parents rose from 14 percent in 2005 to 19 percent in 2011 and from 8 percent to 10 percent over the period for women.

“The increase in 25 to 34 year olds living in their parents' home began before the recent recession, and has continued beyond it,” said the author, Rose Kreider, a family demographer with the Fertility and Family Statistics Branch.

Similarly, 59 percent of men age 18 to 24 and 50 percent of women that age resided in their parents' home in 2011, up from 53 percent and 46 percent, respectively, in 2005. It should be noted that college students living in a dormitory are counted in their parents' home, so they are included in these percentages.

The Census report also indicates:

  • Of the 74.6 million children younger than 18 in 2011, most (69 percent) lived with two parents, while another 27 percent lived with one parent and 4 percent with no parents. Of those children who lived with two parents, 92 percent lived with two biological or two adoptive parents.
  • Among the children who lived with one parent, 87 percent lived with their mother.
  • Of the children living with no parents present, 57 percent lived with at least one grandparent.
  • In 2011, 10 percent of children under 18 lived with at least one grandparent. 78 percent of these children also lived with at least one parent.
  • Of the 67.8 million opposite sex couples who lived together, 89 percent were married couples, while the remaining 11 percent were unmarried.
  • In 2011, there were about 7.6 million unmarried couples living together.
  • In 2011, married couples with children made up 20 percent of all households, half what they were in 1970 (40 percent).


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