Failure to Launch: When Young Adults Live With Parents

Pew Research shows that failure to launch is growing in the U.S. and Europe.

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Is living with your parents past the age of 25 always a failure to launch? What about 35? The amount of American young adults who still live with their parents is often a punchline here, although when you look at rising rental prices, massive student debt and a minimum wage that rarely gets raised, it makes sense why more opt for this choice. 

However, new findings from the Pew Research Center suggest that young adults in Europe are taking over this trend at a faster-rising pace. According to U.S. Census data from 2021, one in three U.S. adults between the ages of 18 and 34 live in their parents’ home, while Eurostat findings report that even more adults between the same ages lived in their parents’ homes in 2021. 

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Brittany Leitner
Contributing Writer

Brittany Leitner is a freelance journalist with over 10 years of experience in lifestyle, health, and more. She received a Digital Health Award for her reporting in 2019 as well as numerous awards for her work in poetry. She previously held positions as senior editor at Elite Daily and managing editor at The Dr. Oz Show. Follow her online @britariail.