In Graphics: Should we be chucking out the children? Number of adults still living with their parents hits an all time high in this region

Young at home stats Source: Office for National Statistics licensed under the Open Government Licence v.1.0. Young at home stats Source: Office for National Statistics licensed under the Open Government Licence v.1.0.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
3:02 PM

A quarter of 20 to 34 year olds were still living with their parents last year, with the figures hitting an all time high in this part of the country last year.

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According to figures from the Office for National Statistics 274,000 adults aged between 20 to 34 in the East of England were still living with a parent or parents in 2013.

Nationally more than 3.3m adults - or 26pc of this age group - were still at home.

There has been a huge surge since the earliest recorded figures in 1996, when just 2.7 million 20 to 34-year-olds lived with their parents, 21% of this age group.

This is despite the number of people in the population aged 20 to 34 being largely the same in 1996 and 2013 after a fall between 2002 and 2006.

More men than women still lived at home, with statisticians suggesting that this was because women tended to marry or live with men who were older than them and women were also more likely to move away to study.

The ONS said: the rise may be due to the recent economic downturn.

“In addition, published figures show that 13pc of the economically active population aged 18 to 24 was unemployed during April to June 2008, rising to 19pc during April to June 2013. Research shows that the young unemployed are more likely to live in the parental home,” the ONS said.

“In 2013, 49pc of 20 to 24-year-olds lived with their parents, compared to 21pc of 25 to 29-year-olds and 8pc 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.”

Do you still live at home? Contact Catherine Morris-Gretton on 01603 628311 or email catherine.morris-gretton@archant.co.uk.

6 comments

  • I would have thought it was obvious. The rising house prices coupled with low (minimum) wages, in E. Anglia, especially Gt Yarmouth and the holiday "industry" , makes this "study" into what everyone knows already, and the ONS is just waking up to.

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    "V"

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • Its not rocket science really. We keep having house price booms which people imagine do them some kind of favour. The reality is that young people are priced out of the housing market at most levels now.

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    Bob Greef

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • I think the over 3040's at home are far more important - people effected by divorce - cost of child care and getting over the past 3 years recession before we moan about the under 25's - many parents who are getting older appreciate the company and help having more adults in the house - It happens all over Europe so why not here

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    Lisa Johnstone

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • Its not rocket science really. We keep having house price booms which people imagine do them some kind of favour. The reality is that young people are priced out of the housing market at most levels now.

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    Bob Greef

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • this is no suprise when we have a quarter of social housing going to immigrants . An unsustainable housing market fueled by buy to let landlords . . You dont need to be a scientist to see the obvious signs of another big collapse in the housing market

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    milecross

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • Its so comfortable living with mum and dad, and why should they make their offspring homeless? when we know that nobody is building one and two bedroom apartments. What if all these youngsters would want a home, national statistics office? Can you enlighten us as to how many more homeless we would create and set some sort of record amongst the commonwealth countries?...

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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