Just over half of American young adults live with their parents, an unprecedented proportion that is undoubtedly related to the coronavirus but also reflects a deeper trend, researchers said Friday.
Between February and May, the proportion of young people aged 18 to 29 living with at least one parent increased from 47% to 52% and remained at that level until July.
The data, published by the Pew Research Center, means that 26.6 million young adults in the United States have their parents as roommates.
The study is based on data collected by the United States Department of Labor during its monthly survey of a representative sample of 60,000 people.
The increase was most marked among 18-24-year-olds, with 71 percent of them living with their parents in July, up from 63 percent in February.
Among ethnic groups, the breakdown showed that the trend was strongest within the Hispanic community, with 58 percent of adults ages 18-29 living with their father, mother, or both.
Although the increase was driven by the pandemic as young adults struggled to survive, it is part of a longer-term pattern, Pew says.
Despite more than 10 years of economic growth before the Covid-19 outbreak hit the United States, the number of young adults living outside their family circle had declined in recent years.
The 47 percent who were already living with their parents before the pandemic represented the highest rate since the Great Depression in the 1930s, although the numbers were collected less frequently at the time.
In the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, the proportion of young adults who lived with their parents fell below 35 percent.