Nearly half of young adults in New Jersey live with parents; in North Dakota, less than 1 in 7 do

According to a recent U.S. Census report, a majority of young adults (aged 18 to 34) lived independently in their own household in 2005. That is, they didn’t live with their parents or with roommates. This was the predominant living arrangement in 35 states. Just a decade later those figures have shifted dramatically.

In 2015, more than one in three young adults still lived at home (34 percent). Another 25 percent of young adults lived with a roommate, leaving just 40 percent living independently. The number of states where the majority of young people lived independently had fallen to just six. Compare all of that to 1975, when only 14.7 percent of young people lived with their parents. In 1975, 31.9 percent of young adults lived with a spouse. In 2016, that figure stood at 19.9 percent. 

In three states - Connecticut, New Jersey and New York - more than two out of five adults aged 18 to 34 lived with their parents in 2015.  On the other end of the scale is North Dakota where only 14.1 percent of adults in this age group still live at home followed by South Dakota with 16.6 percent and Wyoming in third place with 20.9 percent.  

From 2005 to 2015, only one state – North Dakota – saw a decrease in the percentage of young adults living with their parents (it dropped by 3.5 percentage points). For every other state the percentage grew, with North Carolina growing the most: from 21.7 percent to 31.1 percent.

In 2015, state with highest percentage of young adults aged 18-35 living:

  • With parents: New Jersey (46.9%)
  • With roommate(s): Hawaii (30.4%)
  • Independently: North Dakota (60.4%)

In 2015, state with lowest percentage of young adults aged 18-35 living:

  • With parents: North Dakota (14.1%)
  • With roommate(s): New Jersey (20.0%)
  • Independently: California (33.1%)

Read the full report here: The Changing Economics and Demographics of Young Adulthood: 1975-2016