More Young Adults Live With Their Parents Than With Their Partners, According To Study Baby Boomers Will Use Against You

Analysis by Pew Research Center published on Tuesday reveals that for the first time in more than 130 years, more millennials live with parents than with partners. 32.1 percent of millennials, the age group born roughly between 1981 and around 2000, live with their parents, while 31.6 percent live with a spouse or partner. The other 40-ish percent live alone or are situated with other indirect family members or roommates in dorms.

The difference isn’t numerically substantial, but it sure is, culturally. Young adults between the ages of 18 and 34 have lived with parents in greater proportion than this, throughout history, but there’s always been more young adults living with a partner or spouse, or at least up until now.

The difference is even more substantial for young American men, 35 percent of whom live with parents, while just 29 percent living with a spouse or partner. “Employed young men are much less likely to live at home than young men without a job, and employment among young men has fallen significantly in recent decades,” the Pew Research Center analysis writes.

Inversely, more young women now live with partners (35 percent) than with parents (29 percent). However, the number of young women living with parents still saw an overall increase according to the study, which Pew attributes at least in part to delayed marriage for women. And, heaping onto this glorious independence fest, Pew, added this golden nugget of hope:

“Generally, young women have had growing success in the paid labor market since 1960 and hence might increasingly be expected to be able to afford to live independently of their parents.”

Granted, what with the awfully sexist conditions of the 1960s paid labor market for women, it would be hard for the success of women to do anything but grow, but progress is always worth celebrating, isn’t it?

Other factors affecting who is more likely to live with their parents include young adults’ levels of education and geographic location. Millennials based in the South Atlantic, West South Central and Pacific United States saw the the highest rates on record of living with parents, probably more than anything due to economic reasons.

Older generations are quick to sweepingly generalize all millennials as lazy and entitled, and will no doubt stumble upon this study and use it as ammunition against us. But the truth is, with something of a national affordable housing crisis; the whole double-edged sword of either going broke as a consequence of not going to college and not getting a job, or going broke as a consequence of paying for college; the highly competitive job market what with a college diploma now being the equivalent of previous generations’ high school diplomas; and the overall increase in the costs of living across the nation over the past few years/generations… millennials have it pretty rough.

It sucks that more millennials today than ever are without the means to live independently, but blaming young adults for circumstances out of their control isn’t going to fix the situation at hand. On the other hand, maybe doing something about all the aforementioned economic crises currently faced by our generation will.