Share living with spouse or partner continues to fall By Richard Fry Broad demographic shifts in marital status, educational attainment and employment have transformed the way young adults in the U. are living, and a new Pew Research Center analysis of census data highlights the implications of these changes for the most basic element of their lives – where they call home.In 2014, for the first time in more than 130 years, adults ages 18 to 34 were slightly more likely to be living in their parents’ home than they were to be living with a spouse or partner in their own household.In addition, trends in both employment status and wages have likely contributed to the growing share of young adults who are living in the home of their parent(s), and this is especially true of young men.
In 2014, more young women (16%) than young men (13%) were heading up a household without a spouse or partner.
Some 14% of young adults were heading up a household in which they lived alone, were a single parent or lived with one or more roommates.
The remaining 22% lived in the home of another family member (such as a grandparent, in-law or sibling), a non-relative, or in group quarters (college dormitories fall into this category).
By 2014, 36% of 18- to 34-year-olds who had not completed a bachelor’s degree were living with their parent(s) while 27% were living with a spouse or partner.
Among college graduates, in 2014 46% were married or living with a partner, and only 19% were living with their parent(s).