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When Are We Really Leaving Our Parents’ Homes?


Times have changed and, naturally, society tries to adapt itself to these changes. Not too long ago college students, during the last years of their college career, would find well paying jobs. Having their tuition paid for and receiving their first salary, they could start saving up.

Once they were done with their college education, they found themselves with some savings and a reasonable amount of job experience, making it not so difficult to find a job with a reasonable salary. This was the moment for college students to cut the cord and become independent from their parents.

According to a study done in the National Institute of Statistics, only 9.6% of the 18.2 million Spanish homes are being occupied by a young demographic (25-29 years old). And it sinks to an even lower 1.7% for those who haven’t turned 24 years old yet.

If we go around Europe, we’ll find that 46.6% of young adults between the ages of 25 and 34 in Italy still live with their parents. Following close is Portugal with an impressive 44.5%. In Austria we’ll find a bit of change, nevertheless, it is still 21.8% of young adults who haven’t broken away from their parents’ nest yet.

In Germany, there is a total of 17.3% followed by Belgium with 16.1%.

Lastly, we have the United Kingdom with 14.4% and then France with 11.5%.

Contrary to what one would believe, young adults between the ages of 25 and 34 in the United States don’t find independence as easy as they did a few years ago. Many of them stay in their parents’ homes until they are able to form their own families. We’re talking about 13.9% of young adults who decide not to leave their parents’ homes.

If we continue our trip through the Americas, we will find very interesting data in South America.

The average of young adults between 15 and 24 years of age that have emancipated themselves is of 13.5%, in fact, they have even formed their own family.

We can notice the distinct difference that exists between countries, we find extremes like Brazil where 23.3% of young adults are the owners of their homes and in the other extreme we find Chile where only 6.6% of young adults are in the same situation.

It is also important to notice the difference amongst gender and regions. The amount of young women who own their own home is larger than the amount of men their same age.

Also, young adults in rural zones become independent much before those who live in urban areas.

This leads us to Argentina, where the average of young adults between 15 and 24 years of age who still live with their parents is 13.2%. Similar to Mexico, where the average is of 11.4%.

Much of these statistics are dependent on their country’s economy, but the larger part of these statistics is due to social characteristics and customs of each country.

In an ideal world, and following a logical chronology, young adults should decide what they want to study in college, be able to get the job they yearn for, and lastly, create the family they want.

Unfortunately, reality is much different. Young adults nowadays have to take these decisions simultaneously. Many of them face the need of having to help their families during economic hardships, and so they study while they work. This situation only gets worse once they leave their parents’ homes and reaches an even lower point when they form a family.

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