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Census: More young adults living with parents
An increased number of people ages 25-34 are moving back home
by WKSU's ALISON RITCHIE


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Alison Ritchie
 

The number of young adults living at home with their parents is rising. That’s according to a Census report released Thursday. The study shows that over the last six years, the number of men ages 25-34 who live at home increased from 14 percent to 19 percent. For women, the increase was slightly lower – 8 percent to 10 percent.

Kelly Cichy is a professor of Human Development and Family Studies for Kent State University. She said the economic recession contributed to the increase, but it’s not the only factor.

Cichy says many young adults are delaying marriage

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"The other thing that’s going on is increasingly more and more people are delaying marriage," said Cichy. "They’re delaying having children. They’re pursuing advanced education, you know, going on to graduate school or medical school. And that sometimes means in order to handle the financial obligations, a lot of people are choosing to stay at home."

Cichy said it’s likely the Census numbers reflect longer term changes to our society. She said it’s become more socially acceptable for young adults to live with their parents longer.

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