Data blog: Number of young people living with their parents, region by region

By Giles Broadbent on January 21, 2014 11:45 AM |

New statistics show that London has the lowest proportion of young people (22%) living with their parents.

The actual figure of 468,000 young people* is the highest but the proportion compares to Northern Ireland (35%) and West Midlands - the highest English region - at 29%.

The percentage has risen from 17% in 2002.

(* defined as 20- to 34-year-olds by the Office of National Statistics)

In detail
• The number of young adults aged 20-34 living with their parents has increased by 25% since 1996, despite the number of people in the population aged 20-34 being largely the same in 1996 and 2013.

• In 2013, 49% of 20 to 24-year-olds lived with their parents, compared to 21% of 25 to 29-year-olds and 8% of 30 to 34-year-olds. Compared with other age groups over the past five years, the percentage of those aged between 20 and 24 living with their parents has increased most noticeably. In 2008, 42% of 20 to 24-year-olds lived with their parents.

• This may be due to the recent economic downturn, an argument consistent with academic research. In addition, published figures show that 13% of the economically active population aged 18 to 24 was unemployed during April to June 2008, rising to 19% during April to June 2013. Research shows that the young unemployed are more likely to live in the parental home.

• 1 in 3 men aged 20-34 lived with their parents compared with 1 in 5 women. For every 10 women, 17 men aged 20 to 34 lived with their parents in 2013. This substantial difference can be explained by looking at the living situations of young adults.

• In the 20 to 34 age group, over 600,000 more women than men were living as part of a couple in their own household. The main reason for this is that on average, women form partnerships with men older than themselves. Thus more women than men in this age group were married or cohabiting.

• In addition, 589,000 more women than men were lone parents in their own household. When relationships end, women are more likely than men to take the caring responsibilities for any children.

• Finally, women are more likely to participate in higher education than men5, often moving away from the parental home to do so. All of these factors contribute to fewer women than men aged 20 to 34 living with their parents.

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