Chart of the day: Multigenerational households


While growing numbers of youth in Europe are jobless and not in school or training [see previous post], in the U.S. the Great Recession has spurred a rise of multigenerational households, reversing a trend that had dominated the last half of the 20th Century.

Another factor in the shift has been the growing percentages of the Latino and Asian populations, cultures in which multigenerational households are the norm.

From the Pew Research Center:

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More From the report:

The number and share of Americans living in multigenerational family households has continued to rise, even though the Great Recession is now in the rear-view mirror. In 2014, a record 60.6 million people, or 19% of the U.S. population, lived with multiple generations under one roof, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of census data.

Multigenerational family living – defined as a household that includes two or more adult generations, or one that includes grandparents and grandchildren – is growing among nearly all U.S. racial groups as well as Hispanics, among all age groups and among both men and women.  The share of the population living in this type of household declined from 21% in 1950 to a low of 12% in 1980. Since then, multigenerational living has rebounded, increasing sharply during and immediately after the Great Recession of 2007-09.

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