Back To The 1940s: Young Women Living with Relatives at World War 2 Level

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The Pew Research Center has discovered that young woman are living at home, or are living with a relative, at rate last seen during the 1940s.

Around 36.4 percent of women aged 18-34 live with family, which is the most since 1940, when 36.2 percent resided with family members, as the nation struggled to climb out of the Great Depression.

“Some of what’s happening is probably economics, because the Great Recession really hit young adults hard,” explained Richard Fry. “But I’m still struggling with the economic explanation, since the labor market for young adults has improved in the last five years, and yet the percentage living with their family is still going up. It seems to be somewhat decoupled from economics.”

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More women are attending college and delaying marriage. While Washington, D.C., boasts of economic recovery, young millennials still cannot find a job, leaving them with college debt.

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Rachel Franchi-Pereira, a senior at Fordham, lives with her parents and enjoys it. Carlotta Mohamed attends the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism while living with her parents. She said it does not feel odd to her since many of her friends live with their parents.

“It would be nice to have my own space, but my parents are very supportive,” she said. “I don’t pay any rent, but I do help out with cooking and cleaning. I hope I’ll be out of there when I’m 27 or 28. My mom stays awake until I come home.”

A recent study shows that the death-rate among middle-age white women has also been climbing since 2005.



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