Young adults are returning home in droves, driven by a bad economy and dim employment prospects. We haven’t seen as many young adults living at home since the 1950s, according to the Pew Research Center. The Boomerang Generation includes a range of ages. Over half of the youngest group (18–24) is living with their parents, compared to 41% of those aged 25-29 and 17% of those aged 30–34.
But, beyond age, is any group less likely to … boomerang?
Are young men more likely than young women to be living at home?
Are white, black, or Latino young adults most likely to be living with their parents?
How about college grads versus those who didn’t go to college?
GENDER? Young men and young women are equally likely to be living with the parents. Both men and women are equally likely to say it’s because of the bad economy, according to the Pew study.
RACE/ETHNICITY? There are few differences by race or ethnicity. The same proportions of young adults who are white, African American, or Latino are living with their parents. The only difference is that young whites and young Latinos are considerably more likely to have moved back home due to the poor economy, compared with young African Americans.
EDUCATION? Yes, it makes a difference. College graduates in the 30-34 age bracket are considerably less likely to be living with their parents, compared to their age peers without a college education.
If you are a member of the Boomerang Generation …
Do you fit these general patterns? What about your friends?
If you are a parent of adult children …
Have your kids come home? Do they fit these patterns?
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Originally published at www.OurValues.org, an online experiment in civil dialogue.