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NY, NJ, CT Have Highest Percentage of Young Adults Living at Home

Some 46.9 percent of young adults in New Jersey live with their parents, the Census said

What to Know

  • More millennials live at home in NJ, NY and CT than any other states
  • New Jersey is more than 12 points above the national average
  • New Jersey also came in last for household income growth in 2015

Young adults in the tri-state area apparently don't want to move out of the house.

New Jersey, Connecticut and New York had the highest percentages of 18-to-34-year-olds living at home of any state in America last year, the Census Bureau said Thursday. 

Some 46.9 percent of young adults in New Jersey lived with their parents, the Census said, followed by Connecticut at 41.6 percent and New York at 40.6 percent. 

Nationally, about 34 percent of 18-to-34s lived with their parents last year. At the other end of the scale, just over 14 percent of young adults in North Dakota lived with mom and/or dad. 

American Community Survey

Twenty-six-year-old Brittainy Sambogna said she never dreamed of moving back in with her parents in Westwood, New Jersey, after graduating from Montclair State University. But the aspiring actress quickly realized rents in New York City and communities close to the city were pricing her out.

"If I had the money, I would absolutely move to New York but I don't have that money," she said. 

Sambogna has been babysitting and working in the family pizzeria in town, and she just landed an acting job on cruise ship. But despite supportive parents, it hasn't all been a bed of roses.

"I had a few times where I broke down," she said. "I didn't want to be living with my parents anymore."

For Logan Coonrad, who's working at a deli while going to school, student loans are also a significant consideration. 

"My first loan was about $15,000. Now it's going to be  oabout $35,000," he said.

But some parents think it becomes too easy for their kids to get comfortable at home. 

"I had to ask tenants to move in in order to get my sons to move out," said Arlene Roszowski.

And parents may not have it so great, either: median household income in the Garden State grew just 0.3 percent in 2015, the smallest year-to-year gain of any state, making it dead last on the list of income growth. Nationally that measure grew 3.8 percent. 

The Census released the data Thursday as part of the American Community Survey.

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