Millennial Women Are More Likely to Live at Home

by Anne Middleton, on December 21st, 2015

Today, more young women live with their parents than they did seventy years ago when it was commonplace for girls to stay at home after high school until they were married.

• In 1940, 36.2% of 18-34 year-old women lived with parents or other relatives.
• In 1960, only 24% of adult children were living at home
• In 2014, 36.4% of young women are living with family members

This group of female millennials has failed to move away from the convenience of catered meals by mom and free access to a washing machine.

Originally, this trend of returning to live at home was thought to be a casualty of the economic collapse. In 2012, less than two-thirds of millennials were employed  and said they didn’t have enough money live the life they wanted on their own.

But now, even with the economic recovery over the past few years, there has been little effect on the percentage of millennials living at home. The Pew Research Center released a report showing that even as young adult unemployment rates have declined, there is actually a trend of young Americans moving home.

The research suggests this trend is due to two key factors:

1. A rise in college attendance and a delay in marriage

2. Rising housing costs combined with an unprecedented student debt. The Sallie Mae report found that more than half of college students lived at home to defray the costs of higher education.  For every $10,000 a young adult owes in student debt, he or she is 2 percentage points more likely to move home. 

So what’s the solution if you are young, female and tired of living under the same roof as your parents? 

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