The share of 18-34 year olds in the US living with their parents is the highest it has been in 75 years.
The trend that started around 2008 of young people living with their parents continues, as the attached graph from a recent Goldman Sachs report shows. The share of 18-34 year olds living with their parents increased from 27%, where it had stabilised between 1990 to 2007, to around 31% today. This is almost three times as many as in 1970.
The share of young people who don’t leave the nest has steadily increased in recent decades, and accelerated after the 2008 financial crisis. Across education levels, race, gender and region, no ground has been immune from the trend, according to a report by the Pew Research Center.
Pew’s researchers think late twenty-somethings are boomeranging back home because, in contrast to previous generations at this stage of their lives, they are less likely to have a well-paying job and less likely to be married. It turns out that no job and no partner makes living with your parents a lot more appealing.