Boomerang Generation: What do they give back? young man tackles the family kitchen. Photo by Jamie Allen released via Wikimedia Commons.What do young adults who “boomerang” back to their parents’ home contribute to the household?

Rising numbers of adults ages 18-34 are returning home to live with their parents, many because of the bad economy and lack of employment. Only some get direct financial report, as we know from yesterday’s post, while most get reduced living expenses, the ability to save money, or to go back to school.

What do young adults give in exchange?
Do they pay rent?
Contribute to household expenses?
Help out around the home?

Almost all returning young adults (96%) help out by doing chores around the home, according to the Pew report on the Boomerang Generation. Young women and young men are equally likely to help out around the home.

Three of four (75%) say they contribute to household expenses, such as groceries or utility bills. Here we see a gender difference: Young men are less likely than young women to contribute to household expenses.

But not many actually pay rent to their parents. Just over a third (35%) of young adults ages 18–34 who returned home to live with their parents say they pay rent to their parents. This figure rises to almost half (48%) for the older members of the Boomerang Generation, ages 25 – 34.

If you live at home with your parents, what do you give back?

If you’re a parent living with young adults, what do you expect?

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