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Adult Children Main Reason for 3 Fold Increase in Doubled-Up Households

U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development

Families living doubled up tripled over 7 years from 199,000 in 2003 to 622,000 in 2009 according to a new analysis from the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development.  The report - Analysis of Trends in Household Composition Using American Housing Survey Data- looks at changes to household composition, comparing data from the 2003 American Housing Survey (AHS) to the 2009 AHS survey.

According to the report, doubled-up households are defined as households containing a member other than a spouse, or containing an adult child over age 18 or 21.

Below are the major trends from this analysis:

  • From 2003-2009 the number of households that were added every 3 years decreased from 3 million households from 2003-2005 to 1.1 million households from 2007-2009.
  • Adult children are the main reason for doubled-up households. The percentage of adult children between ages 18 and 29 living at home with their parents increased by 12.9% from 2003-2009 with a 24.6% increase for renter households.
  • Households with older members are more likely to be doubled up, as are minority households.

Click here to read the full report. 


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