Nearly One-Third of Dallas-Fort Worth Millennials Still Live at Home

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We already know that, due to factors like job availability and housing affordability, Millennials enter the housing market later than any other previous generation. But a surprising number of 18 to 34 year olds aren’t just not buying their first homes, they’re still living at home.

Millennials represent the most diverse, best-educated segment of our society. They’re also the largest, making up nearly a third of the current population. But according to a recent study by ABODO, they’re also the most reluctant to leave the nest.

“This generation of 18- to 34-year-olds is more likely to be living with their parents than to be in any other living situation — such as cohabitation with a spouse or significant other, or living alone or with roommates — for the first time in more than 130 years.”

Analyzing 2015 census data from cities with populations over one million, the study estimates that a little more than 34 percent of Millennials still live at home. More than half of those are male and a disproportionate number have some post-high school education or are currently pursuing a four-year degree. Realistically, though, a four-year degree can take, on average, nearly six years to complete. This may account for some of the 22 to 25 year olds living at home.

What’s surprising is that, of Millennials living at home, nearly 30 percent of them are over the age of 26. Here’s where education becomes a factor again. Those who have boomeranged back home after college actually account for a fairly low percentage of Millennials living with their parents. Only 12 percent of those with bachelor degrees and only 2 percent of those with graduate degrees still live at home.

DFW Millennials on Par with National Averages

How do Dallas-Fort Worth Millennials compare? Well, despite relatively low Millennial unemployment rates and rents below national averages, 32 percent of Metroplex Millennials are still getting room and board from mom and dad. That’s just a tick below the national average.

So, why, if the economy is more favorable, are so many educated millennials choosing to live at home? According to ABODO, there are a host of reasons.

The problem isn’t just high rent, or just lack of education, or just unemployment, or just low pay. Often, it’s a combination. Millennials are not only earning less than their parents did as young adults, but the majority of Millennials who pursue post-secondary education also graduate saddled with an average student loan debt hovering around $30,000.

For many of these 18- to 34-year-olds, living with parents isn’t simply a lifestyle choice, but a necessity brought on by high rent prices and relatively low incomes. It’s not hard to see why moving out isn’t an attractive possibility.


Heather Hunter

In addition to a 15-year career in marketing and communications, Heather is an accomplished freelance writer and has contributed to The New York Times’ “Modern Love” column and “The United States of Dating” on National Public Radio. Her blog, This Fish Needs a Bicycle, was syndicated by NBC Universal (iVillage) for four years. As a ghostwriter, her work has appeared in publications such as WIRED and Stadia Magazine

Reader Interactions


  1. Nick says

    From a financial perspective who can really say that living at home is a bad idea? Why pay rent/taxes/interest and insurance if you don’t have to. As long as these people are saving that extra cash they are setting them selves up for a bright future.

    • mmHeather Hunter says

      I couldn’t agree more! There’s a lot of criticism directed toward millennials over what seems like a reluctance to grow up. But frankly, the world (economy, job prospects, student loan debt) isn’t the same as it was even when I graduated.

  2. Kelsey says

    Both comments are so VERY true! Student loan debt hits home for me. Nearly impossible to afford rent in DFW with student loan debt and high rent prices.

  3. Brian says

    In 1989 on my 19th birthday I moved out of the house with $500 in my pocket and had no difficulty making ends meet punching a clock at Biz-Mart (Office Max). by age 23, despite not getting a promotion to supervisor, I had a brand new truck (paid off) and a mortgage for a condo at Spring Valley and Montfort (paid $22,500).
    It’s hard to imagine someone doing that today. Retail stores don’t pay a whole lot more than I was paid back then but the cost of everything has roughly tripled. No way in the world I could do it. I’d be driving an old truck and struggling to pay rent.
    Guess I was born at the right time.

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