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Between 2009 and 2013, roughly 30 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 to 34 lived with at least one of their parents, up from 22.9 percent in 1980.
The recently released five-year statistics from the New American Community Survey points to a picture of more Millennials rooming with mom or dad in the country’s major cities. Looking at the 25 most populous metros areas in the US, the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach area in Florida had the highest percentage of young folks living at home. During the 2009 to 2013 time frame studied in the Census Bureau’s survey, 41.68 percent lived with a parent who was the main householder.
Among the 25 metro areas, Miami also saw the second highest surge in the percentage of the age group living with a parent compared to 1980: the rate rose from 25.3 percent, a jump of about 16 points.
Why the increase? Though it’s hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, one of the most jarring stats for the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach region was job-based. In 1980, 74.4 percent of 18 to 34-year olds were employed. Compare that to 63.5 percent in 2009 to 2013, a fairly significant drop.
How did the other cities compare? Not a single metro on the list of 25 saw a decrease in the percentage of young adults living at home when comparing 1980 and the 2009-2013 period. However, some cities such as Pittsburgh and Boston-Cambridge-Newton recorded upticks of less than one percent.
To track the living patterns of young Americans in other city regions, check out our sortable table of the 25 most populous metro areas: