Many Young Adults Still Live with their Parents

By Hope Walborn | April 8, 2024 | 2 min. read

Approximately 19.2% of young adults (or 8.5 million) aged 25-34 live with parents or parents-in-law, according to an analysis by the National Association of Home Builders using the most recent 2022 American Community Survey data.

This number peaked at 22% in 2017-2018 and has been decreasing since. However, data shows that even as the number decreases, the percentage of young adults living with their parents remains significantly higher than it was just two decades ago. In the early 2000s, less than 12% of young adults aged 25-34 lived with their parents.

Geographically, young adults on both U.S. coasts and in the south are living at home the most. According to NAHB, Pennsylvania is on the higher end of these numbers, with between 16 and 20% of young adults living with their parents.

The states with the highest shares of young adults at home included:

  1. Hawaii (28.1%)
  2. California (26.2%)
  3. New Jersey (25.9%)
  4. New York (23.4%)
  5. New Hampshire (22.9%)

The states with the lowest shares included:

  1. North Dakota (4.6%)
  2. South Dakota (9.1%)
  3. Iowa (9.9%)
  4. Nebraska (10.3%)
  5. Kansas (10.9%)

Various factors may play a role in higher numbers of young adults living with their parents, including but not limited to: young adults moving back home during the pandemic, increased economic struggles, more challenges in the renting/homebuying markets, multigenerational living and more.

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