12 Millennials Share Why They're Cool Living at Home -- & Are Tired of Hearing About It

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It was once thought that the common path for every growing adult would be: college, career, and family (the latter two being interchangeable). This is one of the reasons why we have terms like "empty nester," to symbolize the transition a child makes when he or she leaves the house for the "real world." Well, times are a-changing, as a recent study shows more millennials prefer to live at home with Mom and Dad versus on their own or with a partner.


While the proof is in the research, one has to ask why this living arrangement is so popular (and now preferred), especially when teens fight so hard to gain freedom from their parents' rules. Though there likely is not some one-size-fits-all answer, that doesn't mean we can't ask wassup.

Here are some 12 reasons from millennials on why they're choosing to stay at home.

1. "I thought about moving out of my parents' home. I stayed here during my college years (it's literally down the street) and was lucky enough to find a job nearby. I just graduated, so why go into debt just to say 'I'm independent'?" -- Marcy L., Jersey City, NJ

2. "My student loans were outrageous -- to the point of it costing the price of a new car each year, just to get this damn degree. My parents know how hard I worked in undergrad and graduate school. They never pressured me to move out because they know I'm fighting to get out of debt." -- James P., Stamford, CT

3. "What rule is there that says you have to move out of your parents' house by 18? I'll go when I'm ready." -- Janice C., Tuscon, AZ

4. "I could give so many reasons why it's appropriate for me to still live at home. Tons of college bills. No good prospective jobs. Space. And yet, it's not good enough for people -- so I'll just say I'm staying because I love my mother's cooking." -- Tim M., Raleigh, NC

5. "I hate this question. It makes me feel like I'm a failure. I'm still living at home because it's the best financial option right now. Trust me, I've been working to get away ... for a long time." -- Frankie S., Salt Lake City, UT

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6. "Did anyone stop to think that kids living at home as adults isn't shunned in different cultures? I'm Indian and the male in my family. My parents will eventually live with me, so I'm trying to save up to get a home down the road." -- Reyansh, Fairfax, VA

7. "My parents are loaded, so why not?" -- Aimee D., Pasadena, CA

8. "I got pregnant while I was in college. If it weren't for my parents allowing me to stay at home -- so I could work on providing for my daughter as a single mother -- I don't know where I would be today. I wanted to leave because I didn't want them to feel obligated to take care of us. They insisted I stay a few years (I graduated last year) so I can save money, pay back student loans, and set myself up for financial success." -- Celine G., Austin, TX

9. "Yeah ... they never really told me to leave. Did they speak to you?" -- Jordan E., Oklahoma City, OK

10. "Living at home just makes sense for me right now. Yes, I have a job (the same one for five years), and paid off my loans and my car. I'm just not sure if I want to stay in the area. I don't know why I haven't left -- maybe because of comfort?" -- Amy P., Sacramento, CA

11. "I'll take the high cost of living for $800, Alex! People are quick to forget that college, homes, and damn near everything else is sky-high right now. It's great that other millennials are able to live on their own, but that doesn't happen for everyone. Plus, I know too many who are struggling to pay expensive rent and can't save for their future. Why put myself in that situation?" -- Carl J., Chicago, IL

12. "I live at home because my parents' house is under water. I pitch in with bills that makes their mortgage easier to pay. It's a win/win situation." -- Tyrell F., San Diego, CA



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