Who still lives at home with their parents in Europe?

The share of young people aged 18-34 living with parents

Share of young people aged 18-34 living with parents

The most of young adults (73.2 percent) live with their parents in Croatia, the least (18.7%) in Denmark.

Ten European countries the highest proportion of young adults between 18-34 years living at home:

  1. Croatia – 73.2%
  2. Slovakia – 29.9%
  3. Malta – 67.3%
  4. Greece – 67.2%
  5. Italy – 66.4%
  6. Portugal – 63.4%
  7. Spain – 61.2%
  8. Slovenia – 60.2%
  9. Poland – 60.0%
  10. Hungary – 59.6%

The share of young people aged 25-34 living with parents

Share of young people aged 25-34 living with parents

“Across both Northern and Southern Europe, there has been a trend towards remaining in the parental home for a longer period of time, with the Netherlands being the only significant exception. Even in Southern European countries, where living in the parental home for extended periods of time is a well-established pattern, there have been significant increases in the proportions remaining at home into their late twenties. In Portugal, for example, the proportion of 20-24-year-olds living with their parents rose from 75 to 82 percent between 1987 and 1995, and amongst 25-29-year-olds, from 39 to 49 percent. Similar trends are evident in Italy and Spain. Elsewhere in Europe, young adults in former Eastern bloc countries have also become increasingly dependent on their parents following the collapse of Communism in the late 1980s.”

Today 36.5% of 25-29-year-olds live with their parents.

Reasons for first leaving home

Traditionally, the primary reasons for leaving home within most European societies have been to mary and to find work. However, the relationship between leaving home and marriage has been gradually eroded in Britain and much of Northern Europe since the 1960s, with an overall decline in marriage rates and increase in the median age of first marriage. The proportion of young people leaving home in order to form a couple households through either marriage or cohabitation is actually in decline.

With the expansion of higher education in the United Kingdom, increasing number of young people now leave for the first time in order to attend university, notwithstanding the gradual increase in the proportion of students – albeit still a minority – who remain within the parental home throughout their studies. In continental Europe, with a few exceptions, it is still far more common for students to attend local universities, rather than moving away from home to study.

There is also an increasing trend for young people to leave home primarily in order to achieve independence from the parental home.

S. Heath, E. Cleaver Young, Free, and Single?: Twenty-Somethings and Household Change

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