Majority of Young Adults Living at Home

In 2020, a record number of 18- to 29-year-olds lived at home with their parents. In July, 52% of young adults were living at home, surpassing the previous high of 48% recorded in 1940 at the end of the Great Depression. This record return to the family home has been driven by the coronavirus pandemic and exacerbated by the overall economic downturn, record-low housing inventory along with a shortage of affordable entry-level homes, and high levels of student debt. The number of young adults living with their parents grew across the board for all demographic groups and regions of the country.

Percentage Of Young Adults Living With Their Parents
Year 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2020*
Percentage 41% 40% 42% 43% 48% 35% 29% 31% 32% 36% 38% 44% 52%

Source: Pew Research Center, 2020
*2020 data is as of July 2020.


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