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Multigenerational Households

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A federal study (pdf) dove into multi-generational living in the United States, and found that since the start of the recession back in 2007, there has been a spike in the number of residences shared among grandparents, parents, their children and other family members.

The study was put together with data from the U.S. Census Bureau, and found that certain ethnic groups — primarily Asian and Hispanic families — are leading the pack when it comes to inter-generational living arrangements.

The research also focused on the Boomerang generation, the group of young adults in the United States choosing to move back home with parents indefinitely after completing their college education.

Have you ever considered moving back in with your parents, or grandparents? Do your extended family members live under your roof? What are the benefits? What are the drawbacks?


  • Rakesh Kochhar: Analyst from the Pew Hispanic Center  
  • Martha Corona:  Licensed clinical social worker and therapist 
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