Multigenerational Households Soar in U.S.


Multigenerational Households Soar in U.S.
Note: Multigenerational households include at least two generations of adults mainly 25 and older or grandparents and grandchildren younger than 25. (Source: Pew Research Center)

The U.S. population living in multigenerational households has quadrupled since 1971, reaching 59.7 million in March 2021, according to the Pew Research Center. The share of the population in such arrangements has more than doubled as well, to 18% of the U.S. population, the center said.

“When asked why they share their home with relatives, Americans often give practical reasons related to finances or family caregiving,” Pew noted. “But the experience also has an emotional component. About a quarter of adults in multigenerational homes say it is stressful all or most of the time, and more than twice that share say it is mostly or always rewarding.”

The center noted that the drivers behind this increase “include rapid growth of the U.S. Asian and Hispanic populations who, along with Black Americans, each are more likely than White Americans to live with extended family, especially if they are immigrants. By age, the highest share in this living arrangement is among young adults, a group that compared with prior generations when they were young generally stays in school longer, postpones or forgoes marriage and delays forming their own households.”