You may not have heard the term “sandwich generation” before, but odds are you know what it means and, most likely, know someone (or are someone) who is living in a sandwich generation home. Here is another term for it you may have heard before: multigenerational living.
That’s right, sandwich generation homes is just a fancy way of saying a home with three or more generations living under one roof and, currently, these homes make up 4.3 percent of all households across the country, up from 2006’s measure of 3.6 percent.
Sandwich generation homes have gradually been growing in popularity over the past decade, so much so that builders in many metros across the country are beginning to build homes with this type of living in mind. Separate in-law suites with their own small kitchens, bathrooms, and separate entrances represent a growing share of the market.
Honolulu, Hawaii is the top metro in the country with 3 or more generations living under the same roof with 9 percent of its population partaking in sandwich generation living. El Paso, Texas, Riverside, Calif., Miami, Fla., and Fresno, Calif., round out the top five sandwich generation metros. Six of the top 10 metros in this category are located in California.