More than a quarter of young adults live with parents

Published on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 12:19
Written by Daniel Mason

More than a quarter of 20 to 34-year-olds in the UK were living with their parents in 2013, including nearly half of 20 to 24-year-olds, figures published today revealed.

The Office for National Statistics said 3.3 million young adults – some 26 per cent of those in the age group – were staying with one or both of their parents.

It marked a 25 per cent increase compared with 1996, when the data was first collected, even though there has been little change in the overall number of people aged between 20 and 34 in the population.

Twenty to 24-year-olds were the most likely to share with their parents last year, with 49 per cent living in the family home. The proportion fell to 21 per cent among 25 to 29-year-olds and 8 per cent in the 30 to 34 age bracket.

The ONS said the trend "may be due to the recent economic downturn" and added that the increase coincided with an increase in the ratio of house prices paid by first time buyers to their incomes – making it harder for young people to leave home.

According to the data, for every 10 women living with their parents, there were 17 men, while 600,000 more young women aged 20-34 were living as part of a couple in their own household.

The ONS said this was explained by "looking at the living situations of young adults".

"The main reason for this is that on average, women form partnerships with men older than themselves. Thus more women than men in this age group were married or cohabiting."

In addition, there were 589,000 more women than men living as lone parents in their own household, and more women participating in higher education away from the parental home.

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