Markets & Economy

Are more young adults moving back in with Mom and Dad?

Data analysis shows that multigenerational housing is a post-recession trend
  • Pew analysis of Census data shows young adults moving back in with parents and other housing trends.
  • The trend is more prevalent in non-white households and among women than men.

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In 2016, is it still socially embarrassing to be (or have) an adult child living with parents? Or roommates? Some new information released this week by Pew Research Center indicates that multigenerationalĀ households are more prevalent than we thought -- "A record 60.6 million Americans live in multigenerational households," reads the headline. The research center analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau from 2014 to reach this number; it's higher than what the Census Bureau itself has generated because, as Pew put it, "The Census Bureau uses a narrower definition of multigenerational households than we do." Pew classified a multigenerational household as two (or more) adult generations living together. Children are considered adults at age 25 or older, said Pew, so college students living at home typically do not count toward the "multigenerational household" numbers. According to the Census Bureau, a multigenerational household contains three generations (though one ...