Only 20% of 27-year-old Americans Own Their Home, 22% Live With Their Parents

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Talk about an eye-opener. This story from the Atlantic’s Jordan Weissman takes a look at a recent study from the U.S. Department of Education analyzing where a group of 27-year-olds are today.

The study found that today’s 27 year olds are educated, in debt, and living with their parents. To us, the most interesting finding was that of all the respondents to the survey, the group that attained an associate’s degree had a higher rate of homeownership than those with bachelor’s degrees or higher. About 22 percent of respondents live with their parents, of which 18 percent are bachelor’s degree holders.

It seemed that the high level of debt, both credit card and student loan debt, presented a significant barrier to homeownership, with 60 percent of respondents borrowing money for college, and 79 percent of 27-year-olds owing some money, with 55  percent at least $10,000 in debt on credit cards or mortgages.

So, how old is too old to live at home? And are you surprised that so many 20-somethings still live with their parents?



Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

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