WASHINGTON – June 6, 2016 – Young adults between the ages of 18 to 34 are more likely to live with a parent than to get married or move in with a romantic partner, according to an analysis of Census data by the Pew Research Center – the first time in more than 130 years in which young adults have chosen their parents' homes over forming their own households.
In 2014, 32.1 percent of young adults were living with a parent. On the other hand, slightly fewer – 31.6 percent – were living in a household formed upon a "romantic relationship," either with a spouse or a partner, according to Pew's analysis.
The trend for young adults to live with their parents longer grew more pronounced after the Great Recession in 2008. Fewer job opportunities forced some young adults to move back home. Also, young professionals are delaying marriages longer – one in four young adults say they may never marry – as the trend of young adults living together has "substantially fallen since 1990," according to researchers.
Young men live at the family home in the greatest numbers. About 35 percent of young adult men were living with a parent compared to 29 percent of women.
On the flipside, about 14 percent of 18 to 34 year olds live alone.