Thursday, April 20, 2017

Failure to Launch

CNS News reports on the findings of a new Census Bureau study of living arrangements of young adults in the U.S. They quote the Bureau as follows:
There are now more young people living with their parents than in any other arrangement. What is more, almost 9 in 10 young people who were living in their parents’ home a year ago are still living there today, making it the most stable living arrangement.
They continue, summarizing findings:
The Number 1 living arrangement today for Americans in the 18-to-34 age bracket, according to the Census Bureau, is to reside without a spouse in their parents’ home. That is where you can now find 22.9 million 18-to-34 year olds—compared to the 19.9 million who are married and live with their spouse.
When nobody was looking, a quiet revolution in the way people live has taken place. Long term implications are unclear. Prolonged adolescence is likely, fewer marriages, too.


The Bureau ranks states by the percentage residing with parents, and the bottom 8 are rural midwest and mountain west states:  KS, CO, MT, IA, NB, WY, SD, ND. Statistics for these may be somewhat misleading.

It isn't uncommon for rural state young couples to park a single-wide mobile home on the farm of one set of parents, or an older sibling. They mostly pay no rent, have their own electric meter, hook into the farm's well for water, and can live quite cheaply.

I betcha the Census doesn't call this "living with parents" even though it sort of is that. If the young couple gets established and buys their own place, the property owner can rent the mobile to an unrelated young couple, move a hired hand into it, or sell it to be moved to another farm to house another young couple getting started.