‘Boomerang’ youth returning home
October 16, 2011
Parents: Don’t see enough of your adult children? Be patient; a national trend suggests they soon may be asking to move back home. [SanFranciscoChronicle]
During a three-year period ending in 2010, the numbers of American adult children living with their parents rose 26 percent, from 4.7 million to nearly 6 million, according to the U.S. census.
This is the “boomerang generation.”
It’s a trend that portends to gain traction as more and more young people find themselves unemployed. More than 18 percent of people under 25 are out of work — twice the national rate of 9.1 percent.
“One of the products of an affluent society has been the increased ability of people to be able to move out of their parents’ homes,” UC Berkeley sociology professor Claude Fischer told the San Francisco Chronicle. “So when that affluence is running the other way, you naturally see people moving the other direction.”