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More People Sharing Households in 2011

U.S Census Bureau

Almost one in five households had an additional adult – a person over 18 who is not the householder, householder’s spouse or householder’s cohabiting partner (does not include students aged 18-24) – in 2011.

The U.S Census Bureau used data from the American Community Survey (ACS) to write Poverty and Shared Households by State: 2011, a report that looks at the growth in shared households at the state level between 2007 and 2011. Connecticut saw a 1.4% increase in shared households from 2007 from 17.4% to 18.8% in 2011, an increase from 230,000 shared households in 2007 to 253,500 shared households in 2011.

Main findings from the report:

  • The percentage of shared households rose from 17.6% pre-recession to a peak of 19.4% (22.2 million households) in 2010. 2011 saw a slight drop to 19.2%.
  • Between 2007 and 2011 the percentage of shared households increased in 40 states and the District of Columbia.
  • Many of the adults sharing a household with relatives would have been in poverty if they had been living on their own.
  • In 2011, 17.9% of adults over the age of 18 were additional adults in someone else’s household, a 1.9% increase from 2007.
  • Additional adults consisted of many younger adults – 35.4% of adults age 18-24 were additional adults, 30.5% of adults age 25-34 were additional adults.

Findings from the brief suggest that lack of housing affordability may be a contributing factor to the rise in shared households, therefore indicating that more affordable housing is needed.

Read the brief here.


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