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A previous Pew Research Center analysis projected that as many as one-in-four of today’s young adults may never marry.

While cohabitation has been on the rise, the overall share of young adults either married or living with an unmarried partner has substantially fallen since 1990.

Beyond gender, young adults’ living arrangements differ considerably by education and racial and ethnic background—both of which are tied to economic wherewithal.

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Economic factors seem to explain less of why young adult women are increasingly likely to live at home.

Generally, young women have had growing success in the paid labor market since 1960 and hence might increasingly be expected to be able to afford to live independently of their parents.

The share of young men with jobs peaked around 1960 at 84%.

In 2014, only 71% of 18- to 34-year-old men were employed.

A variety of factors contribute to the long-run increase in the share of young adults living with their parents.