Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Guess Who Cares For Young Adults When They Move Back Home

538 reports:
In 1880 for instance, 68 percent of unmarried young adult women and 59 percent of unmarried young adult men lived at home with their parents. By 1950, fewer unmarried women (65 percent) but more unmarried men (66 percent) lived with their parents. Twenty years later, rates for both women and men dropped to 50 percent and 52 percent, respectively. These numbers are not directly comparable with the more recent data, which says that 36 percent of 18- to 31-year-olds live with their parents. This historical data only covers U.S. born, never-married people between the ages of 20 and 29. Even so, these numbers show a general trend: that as the U.S. modernized and grew economically, a growing number of people left their childhood homes to start their own.