More working-age adults cope with rising rents by living in doubled-up households

October 10, 2014

Some people enjoy living with roommates or friends and family, but a recent Zillow analysis suggests that instead of a matter of taste, most adults who live in doubled-up households are doing so to share expenses.


Doubled-up households, defined as one in which at least two working-age, unmarried or un-partnered adults live together, are nationally at 32 percent, compared to 25 percent in 2000 and 26 percent in 1990. The research also found that the proportion of adults doubling-up is higher in more expensive markets, and that employed U.S. adults in doubled-up households make 76.3 percent as much as employed adults in general – roughly 76 cents for every dollar made by all adults.


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