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Youth Indicators, 2005: Trends in the Well-Being of American Youth

Indicator 3: Living Arrangements of Young Adults

Figure 3. Living arrangements of 18- to 24-year-olds: Various years, 1960 to 2003

Living arrangements of 18- to 24-year-olds: Various years, 1960 to 2003
1Child of householder includes unmarried college students living in dormitories.
2A nonfamily householder is an unmarried person maintaining a household while living alone or with nonrelatives.
3Includes roomers, boarders, paid employees, nonrelatives, and relatives sharing a household but not classified as the householder.
NOTE: A householder is defined as the person (or one of the persons) in whose name the housing unit is owned or rented. There can only be one householder per household. See Glossary for additional clarification of terms. This table excludes inmates of institutions and military personnel living in barracks.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Reports, Series P-20, Marital Status and Living Arrangements, various years; America's Families and Living Arrangements, various years.

The proportion of young people 18 to 24 years old in households with families of their own (family householder or spouse) declined between 1960 (42 percent) and 2003 (19 percent). In 2003, females were more likely than males to be a family householder or spouse (24 percent vs. 13 percent, respectively). The proportion of young adults 18 to 24 years old living at home with their parents (child of householder) increased between 1960 (43 percent) and 1990 (53 percent), but decreased slightly between 1990 and 2003 (51 percent). The proportion of young adults living in other types of arrangements, such as in group houses, or sharing apartments, decreased between 1960 and 1970 (13 percent vs. 10 percent) but then increased between 1970 and 2000 (19 percent). No measurable change was found in the proportion of young adults living in other types of arrangements between 2000 and 2003.


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