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Shared Households on the Rise, Those Under 35 Greatly Affected


The recession contributed to an 11.4% increase in household sharing from 19.7 million households in 2007 to 22 million households in 2010, while the overall number of households only increased 1.3% in the same time according to the Census Bureau.  Sharing a Household: Household Composition and Economic Well-Being: 2007-2010, a report released by the Census Bureau, looked at shared households which the report defines as “a household which includes at least one ‘additional adult,’ a person aged 18 or older who is not enrolled in school and who is neither the householder, the spouse, nor the cohabiting partner of the householder.”

At the time the study was completed, 18.7% of all households were shared, accounting for 22 million residences. Concurrent with the trend of increasing shared households, the number of people living in shared households also increased and accounted for 15% of all adults. Not surprisingly, more than half of additional adults were under the age of 35 and accounted for almost half of the increase in additional adults during the recession. 

Members of shared households exhibited lower levels of poverty than non-shared households. However, personal poverty rates were higher for householders heading shared households than for other householders.  Additionally, low income individuals were more likely to share households than higher income individuals.

The complete report is available here


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