A quarter of young adults live with parents

More than a quarter of adults aged between 20 and 34 lived with their parents in 2013, according to analysis by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The research found that 3.3 million young adults, or 26 per cent of the age group, lived at home last year. Since 1996, numbers have increased by 669,000 (25 per cent).

However, by the age of 34, eight per cent of men and three per cent of women were living with their parents in 2013.

ONS findings include:

  • Just under half (49 per cent) of 20 to 24-year-olds lived at home in 2013, a seven per cent increase from the 42 per cent recorded in 2008
  • 32 per cent of men aged 20 to 34 lived at home, compared to 19 per cent of women in the age group
  • At 22 per cent, London has the lowest percentage of young adults living with their parents
  • Northern Ireland has the highest percentage, with over a third (36 per cent) of 20-34 year olds living in their parental home.

Matt Griffith, an associate fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research, told the Guardian:

"Short-term recession-related unemployment is colliding with long-term housing failure to create intense pressures on young people and their housing choices. We are seeing a regression towards much less mobile households as a result."