More than 51 million Americans live in a multigenerational household. That’s about 1/6th of the population according to Mascord House Plans.
Since the Great Recession in 2007, the prevalence of mutiple generations living in the same household has increased by 10%. It was much more common before WWII for multigenerational households, but it declined until bottoming out in the 1980s.
In 1940, 25% of American households were multigenerational. This declined to 15% in 1960, 12% in 1980 and has slowly increased, hitting 15% in 2000 and 16% in 2010.
There’s a few causes of the shift. First cited is economic challenges. Two thirds of people provide economic reasons for living together. Second are the “Boomerang” children. There percentage of adults 25-34 living with their parents has increased significantly. Lastly is middle generations caring for their parents, which will only increase in the coming years. In 1970 26% of those older than 85 were living in nursing homes, but thats down to 13% now.
Read more in the infographic below.