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Why is the number of millennials living at home at a 75-year high?

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Despite job growth and a rebounding economy, nearly 40 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 34 were living with family members in 2015 — that's the highest percentage since 1940, according to real estate tracker Trulia. 

As a result, there is less demand for housing than expected from millennials, which are now the largest demographic in U.S. history. Cultural factors, later marriages, rising rents, lack of housing and finances are among the many reasons young Americans choose to live at home. 

If you're a millennial living at home, what is your reasoning and how do you feel about it? If you're a parent living with an adult child, what's your take? 


Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University and author of “Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled--and More Miserable Than Ever Before” (Free Press, 2006)