Fewer empty nests

Much has been written that young men, ages 18 to 34, are still living at home rather than on their own, and now a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data indicates the trend is strong among young women as well.

In 2014, 36.4 percent of young women were living with their parents or other relatives — this number surpasses the prior record of 36.2 percent in 1940.

Pew’s analysts say the upward trend for young women to live at home these days is because more are going to college and/or delaying marriage.

Still, fewer young women are living at home than young men. In 2014, 42.8 percent of young male adults were living with family members (compared to 47.5 percent in 1940).

In 1940, “the lingering effects of the Great Depression may have contributed to the high level of male co-residence with family,” according to the Pew report.

Do you think this trend will continue? Email connie.post@coxinc.com

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