This just in from the Pew Research Center: Overall, the proportion of adults ages 18 to 29 who live alone declined in 2009. Similar drops in the proportion of young people who live by themselves occurred during or immediately after the recessions of 1982 and 2001.
The report, Home for the Holidays... and Every Other Day, focuses on the phenomenon of young adults moving back in with their parents during these tough financial times. But it also touches on roommates and other similar living arrangements. Some interesting tidbits from the full report:
"Hard times are leading young adults to put their lives on hold in other ways as well. For example, some 15% of adults younger than 35 say they have postponed getting married because of the recession; an additional 14% say they have delayed having a baby."
"Fully one-in-ten adults ages 18 to 34 (10%) say the poor economy has forced them to move back in with Mom and Dad. An additional 12% say they acquired a roommate."
Acquired a roommate? Makes it sound like a scary disease, doesn't it? If you're moving back into your parents' home or living with roommates and you're looking for help, Apartment Therapy likely has lots of useful information for you. We've touched on related subjects many times in our archives:
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