Study: More Young Adults Are OK About Having to Move Back in with Their Parents

A new study says moving home as an adult is more acceptable than it used to be.A new study says moving home as an adult is more acceptable than it used to be.Just a few years ago, having to move back in with your parents in your 20s or 30s was considered by many to be a sure sign of failure. But now, it's become much more acceptable: A new study shows that 29 percent of young adults age 25 to 34 have returned to their parents' empty nest at some point -- and the vast majority of them say that they're happy about their living arrangements.

Those who do end up back home to save money aren't expecting a free ride, either. According to the Pew Research report, nearly half (48 percent) of those surveyed say they pay rent and 89 percent say they help out with household expenses.

But while about a quarter of the 2,048 people surveyed said that their relationship with their parents has taken a turn for the worse, nearly the same amount (24 percent ) say it's actually been good, and 48 percent say the close quarters haven't made a difference.

The survey's findings are about the same regardless of age, gender, or race. "Among those ages 18 to 34, men (40%) are just as likely as women (38%) to live with their parents now or to have moved back home temporarily," the report said. "Similarly, there is no significant difference in the share of young whites (38%) and young blacks (32%) who have lived with their parents in recent years. Young Hispanics are slightly more likely to have lived with the parents (45%), although this difference is not statistically significant."

Education, however, may be a factor. Adults age 30 to 34 without a college degree are twice as likely to have to move back in with their parents as those who finished college.

The adult children who feel most positive about moving back in with their parents tend to be on the young side: Forty-one percent of 18- to 24-year-olds surveyed say that moving home has been good for their relationship with their parents.

Parents of adult children in that age range seem to agree.

"I would welcome my kids home as long as I didn't have to pick up their towels and clean up their messes," Susan Sarandon, who starts in the upcoming movie "Jeff, Who Lives at Home," told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I think that would be a great opportunity to get to know them as young adults."

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