The proportion of “boomeranged parents”
increases to 19% among those ages 45 to 54 and declines sharply in later age
groups, according to the Pew report.
The survey found that overall, about 11% of all adults 18
or older live with their parents in their home, and 4% of all adults indicated
they were forced to move back with their parents because of the recession. Six
percent of those ages 18 – 24 said they moved back in with their parents
because of the recession, and 11% of adults ages 25 – 34 said so.
About seven-in-ten grown children who live with their
parents are younger than age 30. About half work full- or part-time, while a
quarter are unemployed and two-in-ten are full-time students, the report said.
Of all adults who currently live in their parents’ home, about a third (35%) reported
they had lived independently at some point in their lives before returning
Roughly equal proportions of adult men and women live with their parents. A somewhat larger proportion of Hispanics and blacks than whites live with their parents.
The survey found that an additional 12% of young adults
reported they acquired a roommate. Hard times are leading young adults to put
their lives on hold in other ways as well, as 15% of adults younger than 35 said
they have postponed getting married because of the recession, and an additional
14% said they have delayed having a baby.
According to Pew, Census Bureau data confirms that
proportionately fewer young singles are living solo now than before the
recession. Overall, the proportion of adults ages 18 to 29 who live alone
declined from 7.9% in 2007 to 7.3% in 2009. Similar drops in the proportion of
young people who live by themselves occurred during or immediately after the
recessions of 1982 and 2001, the report said.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a smaller
share of 16- to 24-year-olds are currently employed (46.1%) than at any time
since the government began collecting such data in 1948. At the same time, college
enrollment has soared to an all-time high. Pew said that taken together, record
unemployment and growing college enrollments help explain why proportionately
fewer young people today are living by themselves.