More than half of all young adults in the US are living with their parents, according to a recent study.
The Pew Research Center looked at Census Bureau data, and found that 52% of people aged 18 to 29 were living with their parents in July 2020, up from 47% in February 2020. That means 26.6 million young adults in the US now live with their parents.
In some cultures, it’s common for adults who aren’t married to live with their parents. However, in the US, moving out of the family home is considered to be an important part of becoming an adult. Research in 2018 found that young Americans who move back in with their parents are more likely to be depressed than those who live away from the family home.
Pew Research Center says that the increase in young adults living in parents’ homes is one of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Another report by the Pew Research Center found that young adults were among the groups most affected by job losses caused by the pandemic. One in five of all US adults either moved house because of the pandemic or know someone who did. And of those who moved, 41% moved in with either their parents or parents-in-law.
According to the Pew Research Center, there are now more people aged 18 to 29 living with their parents in the US than at any other time that it has data for. Before 2020, the year with the largest percentage of young adults living at home was 1940, following the Great Depression, when 48% lived with their parents.