In 2013, 7.3 percent of seniors in the U.S. were living with their children or relatives, compared with an average of 6.6 percent in the years spanning 1994-1998, according to census data analyzed by Trulia.
That growth is not due to the downshifted economy or a shift in U.S. cultural norms, but to a demographic change marked by a higher percentage of seniors aged 80 and older, who more often live with relatives than younger seniors, and more foreign-born seniors, who are much more likely to live with relatives than their native-born counterparts.
Twenty-five percent of U.S. seniors born in another country live with a relative compared with just 6 percent of U.S. seniors born in the U.S. Seniors born in the following countries and who live in the U.S. now are the most likely to reside with relatives: India (47 percent of seniors born in India live with relatives), Vietnam (44 percent), Haiti (41 percent), Philippines (38 percent), and Dominican Republic (37 percent).
Seniors born in Canada, Germany, the U.S. and England living in the U.S. were least likely to live with relatives: Canada (5 percent), Germany (6 percent), U.S. (6 percent) and England (7 percent).
Cities with the highest share of seniors living with their relatives are: Miami (25.8 percent), Los Angeles (19.3 percent), San Jose, Calif. (17.5 percent), El Paso, Texas (17.2 percent) and Honolulu (17.1 percent).