Nearly FIVE MILLION adults are still living with their parents

The kids who don’t leave the nest: Nearly FIVE MILLION adults are still living with their parents – up 15% in a decade – as soaring house prices mean over HALF of 20-24 year olds staying at the family home for the first time

The surge in adults living with their parents was laid bare today with nearly five million still in the nest.

Stark Census figures show the number soared by 15 per cent to 4.9million between 2011 and 2021 – with soaring house prices blamed.

The jump in England and Wales saw the proportion of 20-24 year-olds in the family home rise above half for the first time. It was up from 44.5 per cent at the last survey to 51.2 per cent.

Living with parents in the longer-term is also becoming more common, with around one in 10 of those aged between 30 and 34 falling into that category.  

In some areas such as central London – where property is least affordable – around a third of households included adult children in 2021.

The census paints a detailed picture of the social change driven by pressures on younger generations.

The Census figures show the proportion of adults living at home increased at every age group over 18 between 2011 and 2021 

Adults are considered to be living with their parents if they are over 18 and do not have a spouse, partner or child living with them. 

The figures also include 16-18 year-olds who are not in full-time education, although these numbers have been dwindling.

Men were far more likely to be still in the nest than women, by a ratio of around three to two – a similar split to 2011. 

The most common age of adult living with parent was 24 years, one year older than in 2011. In London the figure was even higher at 25.

In Brent in London, 32.4 per cent of households included an adult child.

Selby in Yorkshire & Humber had the lowest average age for nest-stayers of all local authorities at 23 years. 

Across England and Wales, 11.6 per cent of those aged 30 to 34 years were in that situation in 2021, up from 8.6 per cent a decade earlier.

For 25-29 year-olds the figure had risen from 20.1  per cent in 2011 to 26.7 per cent. 

The figures also highlighted the overcrowding problems households with adult children face. In London 23.2 per cent had fewer bedrooms than normally required for the number of people, while in the North East the level was just 6.7 per cent. 

The ONS article said that the rise in adults living with parents seemed to be part of a ‘continuing trend’ rather than linked to Covid.

‘There are many factors that may cause a person to live with their parents as an adult,’ it said.

‘Adults were more likely to live with their parents in areas where housing is less affordable. 

‘Adult children were also more likely to be unemployed, or providing unpaid care.’

In Newham in London 31.4 per cent of households included an adult child, and in Brent it was even higher at 32.4 per cent

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