No empty nest: Young women live with Mom & Dad like it's 1940

Living at home at 26 and still “trying to figure out your life”…sounds like another “Julia” who was “helped” by Obama’s policies.
CBS News: Young women are living with their parents or relatives at a rate not seen since 1940 as more millennial women put off marriage, attend college and face high living expenses.
A Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data found that 36.4 percent of women between the ages 18 and 34 lived with parents or relatives in 2014, the most since at least 1940, when 36.2 percent lived with family.
It is a very different world for women now, though, despite the “return to the past, statistically speaking,” says Richard Fry, a senior economist at Pew.
Fry says young women are staying home now because they are half as likely to be married as they were in 1940 and much more likely to be college-educated. Economic forces such as increasing student debt, higher living costs and economic uncertainty, are also playing a role.
Casey Ballard, 29, was living in Portland, Oregon, but rent ate up roughly two-thirds of her paycheck and she was ready for a career change. A September move back with family in California allowed her to try out teaching as a substitute, and now she plans to pursue teaching full-time. “There was that element of frustration and feeling like a failure,” she says about returning home. “But then the logical side of me kicked in and said ‘It’s just fiscally responsible.'”
Young men have historically lived with parents at higher rates than young women, and similar economic and cultural forces are keeping an increasing number of men at home too in recent years. But the rate young men are staying home with their parents and relatives, 42.8 percent, remains below the 47.5 percent level for men in 1940.
The percentage of young men and women living with family fell after the 1940s as more women joined the workforce, the overall workforce expanded, and marriage rates increased.
But while marriage was once the life event that triggered a move out of the family home, it is now coming later with each generation, if it comes at all. The median age of marriage for women is now 27, up from 21.5 in 1940. For men, it is 29.3, up from 24.3 in 1940.
Young women and men began staying home or returning there at a more rapid rate after 2000, a trend that sharply increased with the economic uncertainty brought on by the housing collapse and recession in the late 2000s.
While the retreat home for young adults it is also clearly a result of economic pressures, it is not, according to Fry, an employment issue. For example, more young adults are living with their family now than in 2010, even though the job market has improved since then. “The job market has gotten significantly better (for this group),” Fry says. “Unemployment has come down, more have jobs and some are even getting paid a bit more.”
Another factor in the change, Fry says, is increased ethnic diversity across this age demographic, which in turn has introduced cultural traditions of living with parents and relatives longer into life.
“I don’t think it’s as bad as people think it is,” says Stacey Sholes, 26, who moved back into her parent’s house in Fresno, California eight months ago after leaving college in San Francisco and working in Los Angeles.
Sholes is still a few credits shy of graduating but isn’t sure if she will return because her private school was very expensive and she’s not confident she’ll be able to find a job in the film industry even with a degree. She is living with her folks while she figures out her next step and has taken a holiday job at the same retail store she worked when she was 18 to bring in some cash.
There are bumps, like when she fails to tidy up or check in with her parents regularly. But otherwise it’s a comfort to be with her family. Still, she hopes to find a new place soon with a roommate. “I have a very loving, supportive family, they don’t give me a hard time about it,” she said. “It’s a good place to crash while I figure my life out.”

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1. Bring an end to the H 1 B Visa. Kick all the foreign tech workers and doctors out of this country. 2. Make married dorm housing and ADC payments available to young people in college. Turn off the ADC payment faucet for unwed ‘single moms’ (crack whore prostitutes).

MA in MO

Personally, I see nothing wrong with multi-generational housing arrangements. Up until just a few short years ago, I am thinking somewhere around the 1920’s or 1930’s, it was very normal for grandparents, parents and children all to live under the same roof. In fact I think this makes a whole lot more sense than making young people, especially young women, live on their own. This world gets more evil every day and by forcing young women to move out from under the protective roof of her parents just sets her up to be more vulnerable to that evil that lurks… Read more »


“The job market has gotten significantly better (for this group),” Fry says. “Unemployment has come down, more have jobs and some are even getting paid a bit more.”
Uh, sorry, but there is no improvement in real unemployment.


While I get that the economic motivators for this trend are not encouraging, I for one am delighted to see the idealization of the so-called “nuclear family” beginning to be challenged. The idea that it is healthy and normal for children to fly as far from the “nest” as possible, abandoning the parents who loved, nurtured and sacrificed for them for 18 years and more…that it is somehow “better” for grandparents to be sequestered away in assisted living and nursing homes, for children to be given up to day care and public schools rather than be cared for by loving… Read more »


In the above post, I meant “worth noting,” not “worth nothing.” Oops.