Romantic dating during the 1940 s
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).
Initially in the wake of the recession, college enrollments expanded, boosting the ranks of young adults living at home.
And given the weak job opportunities facing young adults, living at home was part of the private safety net helping young adults to weather the economic storm.
This type of arrangement peaked around 1960, when 62% of the nation’s 18- to 34-year-olds were living with a spouse or partner in their own household, and only one-in-five were living with their parents.
By 2014, 31.6% of young adults were living with a spouse or partner in their own household, below the share living in the home of their parent(s) (32.1%).
The median age of first marriage has risen steadily for decades.
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.For their part, young women are on the cusp of crossing over this threshold: They are still more likely to be living with a spouse or romantic partner (35%) than they are to be living with their parent(s) (29%).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).The share of young men with jobs peaked around 1960 at 84%.