Monday, May 06, 2013

Young adults staying home longer

The graph below comes from the Household Incomes Survey and shows that a decreasing percentage of 18-24 year-olds are partnering and setting up home together. Increasingly they are staying home (almost half) and a similar percentage to 1984 are going flatting. The pattern is certainly borne out in my family. I left home to live in a flat with my boyfriend at 18. My oldest is now 19 and showing no signs of leaving home.




8 comments:

Paranormal said...

I was ripped out of my mothers loving arms by an uncaring wife at the tender age of 30. (I hope that doesn't put the wind up you thinking of your beloved child).

My eldest is only 12 but I expect her to leave home relatively early for tertiary education and employment as we now live in a region that does not have a lot of either.

And therein lies the issue. Those that have to leave home will. Those (like me) that can stay at the best hotel (read cheapest as sometimes the service was atrocious) in town whilst learning and earning will.

Anonymous said...

Yes: I have two sons. The elder left at 26 to do an OE and is due back home (in all senses of the word) at Christmas. The younger is 21 and happy to be here still. Whatever suits. I don't think there is an appreciable downside.

Cadwallader

Anonymous said...

Bugger. As much as I love my step daughters I'll think I've failed them if they are not equipped to explore and make their own way in the world.

3:16

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Psycho Milt said...

I left home to live in a flat with my boyfriend at 18.

Same here (er, except mine reads 'girlfriend' instead of 'boyfriend'). Can't see how I'm going to have the kids go to university without them living at home though, unless I either pay them to live somewhere else or let them pile up a horrendous millstone of debt. Neither of those last two options is very attractive.

pulsa gratis said...

i think too My eldest is only 12 but I expect her to leave home relatively early for tertiary education and employment as we now live in a region that does not have a lot of either.

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