Question of the Day (Updated): What percent of 18-29 year olds are currently living with their parents?

Sep 22, 2020
Question of the Day, Budgeting

Answer: 52%


  1. Do you know anyone in the 18-29 year age range who lives with their parents? Who? Why do they live with their parents?
  2. Why do you think that certain states have higher percentages of 18-29 year olds living at home with their parents?
  3. At what age do you envision yourself living on your own? What is your plan to develop financial independence?
  4. How will this number change as the world continues to respond to COVID-19?

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Behind The Numbers (Pew Research Center):

The coronavirus outbreak has pushed millions of Americans, especially young adults, to move in with family members. The share of 18- to 29-year-olds living with their parents has become a majority since U.S. coronavirus cases began spreading early this year, surpassing the previous peak during the Great Depression era.

The youngest adults (ages 18 to 24) accounted for most of the growth in the number of 18- to 29-year-olds living with their parents from February to July – 2.1 million of the 2.6 million increase was attributable to them. Most in this youngest age group already lived with their parents, but the share grew to 71% in July from 63% in February.



View a graphic showing the change from Pre-COVID (Feb 2020) to Current (July 2020) in the Pew Research Center article


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About the Author

Mason Butts

After graduating from UCLA with a Master's in Education, Mason spent 5 years as a science educator in a South Los Angeles public high school. He is committed to supporting the holistic growth of all students and empowering them to live a life of relational, academic, and financial success. Now settled in the Bay Area, Mason enjoys facilitating professional developments and partnering with educators as they prepare students for a bright financial future. When Mason is not building curriculum or planning a training, he can be found cycling, trying new foods, and exploring the outdoors.