The Empty Nest Is Getting Crowded

New report shows nearly a quarter of young adult children live with Mom and Dad

by Lesley Kennedy • MORE.com Reporter

The baby birds are coming home.

A new report from the US2010 Project says 24 percent of 20- to 34-year-olds are still living with their parents, up from 17 percent in 1980, according to USA Today. And 43 percent of adults younger than 25 are bunking with Ma and Pa.

“This ‘Great Recession’ has had tremendous effects that previous, smaller recessions did not,” Zhenchao Qian, the author of the report, tells USA Today. “The surprise mostly is that it’s increasing for every group.”

The report also shows that more men than women live with their parents and that young adults who have graduate degrees are least likely to room with their folks, the newspaper adds.

And we thought it was so cute when our six-year-olds told us they’d never move away . . . 

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