Okay, I admit it. I moved back in with my parents after college, just until I got settled. And then, years later, after my divorce, I moved back in again. But I didn’t stay long—mostly because it seemed horribly embarrassing to be living with my parents. Plus, it definitely made dating kind of tough. I mean how many times can you get away with, “Oh, can’t go to my place because, ah, they’re painting and the place needs to air out.”
Well apparently, the days of feeling embarrassed about being an adult and living with ma and pa are gone. The Pew Research Center just did a survey of over 2,000 adults across the country and they found that the number of young adults living at home is at the highest level since the 1950s. In 2010, for example, nearly 22 percent of adults 25-34 were had moved back home. The report, “The Boomerang Generation,” also found that:

  • Among adults ages 25 to 34, 61% say they have friends or family members who have moved back in with their parents over the past few years for economic reasons.
  • Twenty-nine percent of parents of adult children report that a child of theirs has moved back in with them in the past few years because of the economy.
  • A quarter of young adults say the living arrangement was bad for their relationship with their parents. Another quarter said it was a good thing, and nearly half said it hadn’t made a difference at all.
  • Living together may have befitted some young adults as well as their parents: 48% of boomerang children report that they have paid rent to their parents and 89% say they have helped with household expenses.
  • Education played a role in living arrangements. Among adults ages 30 to 34, those without a college degree are twice as likely as those who have graduated from college to be living with or have moved back in with their parents (22% vs. 10%).
  • Young adults who are not employed are more likely than those who are working to be living with their parents or to have moved back home temporarily in recent years. Among 18- to 34-year-olds who are not employed, nearly half (48%) have lived with their parents. This compares with only 30% of those who are employed full time.