More and more millennials are choosing to live at home with their parents, and rising tuition and cost of living could be to blame.
According to new data from Pew Research Center, an increasing amount of young people live at home now than have in the last six decades. In fact, the numbers haven’t been this high since the 1940s.
In 1940, 47.5 percent of men lived at home, as did 36.2 percent of women. In 2014, 42.8 percent of young men and 36.4 percent of young women ages 18 to 34 lived at home with their parents.
According to TIME , young people began moving out of their parents homes in record numbers during the mid-century. By 1960, only 24 percent of young adults lived with their parents, however, the number has been steadily rising ever since.
For women, the reasons for staying home have changed dramatically. In 1940, young women were likely to stay in their parents’ homes until they married. Now, women may leave the nest to attend college, but return after they graduate. Or, they may live at home during their college years to offset the heavy costs of tuition. According to Pew, 45 percent of female college students lived with their parents in 2014, compared to 33 percent of non-students.
So, if you feel bad because you can’t afford to live on your own just yet, don’t stress. You’re not the only one.