Young Adults Stay Close—Very Close—to Home

Where do the majority of young adults live? On their own? With a spouse? At home with their parents?

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If you answered “at home with their parents,” you’d be right.

A study by the U.S. Census Bureau finds that, as of 2016, 22.9 million 18- to 34-year-olds, or 31%, live with their parents. (According to the studys parameters, students living in dorms are considered to be living with parents.)

Another 19.9 million are married and living with their spouse. Additionally, 9.2 million live with an unmarried partner and 5.9 million live alone.

This is a big shift from previous generations. In 1975, 75% of young adults lived with a spouse.

“Within the last 10 years, the breadth and speed of change in living arrangements have been tremendous,” the study says. “In 2005, the majority of young people lived independently in their own household (either alone, with a spouse, or an unmarried partner), which was the predominant living arrangement in 35 states. By 2015—just a decade later—only six states had a majority of young people living independently.”

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