Millennials Still Slow to Leave the Nest

As the economy improves and the job market recovers, experts anticipated that boomerang millennials would move out of their old bedrooms and start living on their own. But that prediction has not become a reality: The country’s 18- to 34-year-olds are less likely to be living independently today than they were in the depths of the Great Recession.

A new demographic analysis by the Pew Research Center found that while the population of millennials has increased by 3 million since the recession, the number living on their own has decreased, from 69 percent to 67 percent. Education plays a role in who leaves the nest and who doesn’t: 86 percent of college-educated 25- to 34-year-olds lived independently, as compared with 75 percent of the same age group with a high school education.

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