90 percent of young adults moved away from home by age 27

January 08, 2015

By age 27, 90 percent of young adults (born from 1980 to 1984) had moved out of their parents’ homes at least once for 3 months or longer.
Percentage of young adults born from 1980 to 1984 who left their parental home before age 27, by selected individual characteristics
Characteristic Percent who moved out at least once

Total

90.2

Gender

 

Men

88.0

Women

92.4

Race or ethnic group

 

White

93.3

Black

85.7

Hispanic or Latino

81.6

Educational attainment at age 27

 

Less than high school diploma

85.5

GED

91.3

High school diploma

86.8

Some college

89.7

Bachelor's degree or higher

94.1

Young women were more likely to move out than were young men (92 percent compared with 88 percent). 

Whites were more likely to move out than Blacks or Hispanics. Over 93 percent of Whites had moved away from home at least once by age 27, compared with 86 percent of Blacks and 82 percent of Hispanic or Latino young adults. 

Young adults with more education typically left their parents' homes at higher rates. The exception was young adults with General Educational Development (GED) credentials, who were more likely to move out than were young adults with some college.

For many young adults, moving out was not permanent. Among those who moved out, over half moved back at some point before reaching age 27.

These data are from the National Longitudinal Surveys program. For more information, see “Independence for young millennials: moving out and boomeranging back” in the Monthly Labor Review (December 2014). 

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 90 percent of young adults moved away from home by age 27 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/90-percent-of-young-adults-moved-away-from-home-by-age-27.htm (visited September 20, 2017).

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