Census data show 18-to-34-year-olds would rather live with parents than start their own households.
Census data won’t tell us why. Are they less romantic? Can’t find a job or hold one? Have they just decided not to live on their own until they reach 35? Or do they just want help to pay off student loans. A study by Pew Research Center is delving into the situation.
It was in 2014 when living with parents (32.1 percent) passed living with a romantic partner (31.6 percent) as the top arrangement among young adults.
The rest lived alone, with roommates or as single parents. It was the first time since 1880 that so many decided to live with their parents. The researchers said there was a dramatic drop in the share of young Americans choosing to settle down romantically before age 35 or with a spouse or partner. For whatever reason forming a new family is not nearly as important as it used to be for young adults, according to Richard Fry, senior researcher at the think tank.
He found that half those 18 to 34 were living with their parents while 25 percent of those 25 to 29 were. But both groups were much more likely to live at home in 2014 than in 1960.
Apparently, the young adults and their parents get along pretty well and often share the young person’s goals.