Pew Multi Generational Households On The Rise

03.18.10 | FL News Team

More and more multi-generational families are living together. The Pew Research Center's Social and Demographic Trends project finds nearly 16-percent of the U.S. population lives in a multi-generational household, compared to 12-point-one-percent in 1980. A multi-generational household is defined as one with two or more adult generations or a grandparent and at least one other generation. The research points to economic factors and the changing social fabric of America for the increase. A record 49-million Americans in 2008 lived in multi-generational homes. High unemployment and foreclosures are believed to be behind the two-point-six-percent rise between 2007 and 2008. Other factors include people getting married later in life and people who end up living with their parents well into their 20s because they can't find a job.