While we often hear about the growth of children living with their parents – these statistics are shocking. The chart from Pew Research reveals the shifts in living arrangements that have occurred over the 134 years.
Broad demographic shifts in marital status, educational attainment and employment have transformed the way young adults in the U.S. are living, and a new Pew Research Center analysis of census data highlights the implications of these changes for the most basic element of their lives – where they call home. In 2014, for the first time in more than 130 years, adults ages 18 to 34 were slightly more likely to be living in their parents’ home than they were to be living with a spouse or partner in their own household.
Here are few notes:
- The most significant drop was among those married or cohabiting.
- Please note the wide margin of age. Many 18-22, may live with their parents during the summers only while not in college. The percentage rate among 18 year olds (living at home) is significantly higher than 34 year olds.
- Education, race, and ethnicity are factors which affect the living arrangements of emerging adults.
While this might be difficult news to hear, many parents enjoy having their children back under their roof.
Maintaining a healthy relationship with your adult childwill require some adapting for both of you.
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Dr. G. David Boyd is the Founder and Managing Director of EA Resources, a nonprofit designed to equip parents and churches to minister to the needs of emerging adults. If you have a question, you can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.