October 7, 2011

Fighting Poverty in a Bad Economy, Americans Move in with Relatives

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The number and share of Americans living in multi-generational households rose for all age groups from 2007 to 2009, but the sharpest growth was for adults ages 25 to 34. Their numbers increased from 7.4 million to 8.7 million during that period.

The number and share of Americans living in multi-generational households rose for all age groups from 2007 to 2009. The sharpest growth was among adults ages 25 to 34 –8.7 million members of this group lived in multi-generational households in 2009 compared with 7.4 million in 2007. Both the numerical growth (about 1.3 million people) and the percentage increase it represents (16.8%) were larger than for any other age group. The share of these adults in multi-generational households rose to 21.1% in 2009 from 18.7% in 2007 — this 2.4 percentage point increase was again larger than for any other age group.

The profile of adults ages 25 to 34 living in multi-generational households differs from the overall population of Americans who do so. Most notably, they are much more likely to live in two-generation households — usually those of their parents — than in other types of multi-generational households. Six-in-ten people in this age group (62.0%) do so, compared with slightly less than half (46.8%) of the total population of people living in multi-generational homes. Read More