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They’re known as the Boomerang Generation because so many returned home to live with their parents. New data released by the U.S. Census shows today’s young adults are indeed more likely to be bunking with mom and dad. This generation may be less financially secure, but it’s also more educated.

The census has an interactive mapping tool to compare Millennials, considered to be between 18 and 34 years old, with previous generations. Rochester’s Millennials are similar to their counterparts across the country.

Here are the main takeaways:

1. A lot of Milleninals live with their parents. In Rochester, 29 percent of young adults are living with a parent, compared to 23 percent in 2000, 24 percent in 1990 and 23 percent in 1980. The national rate of young adults living with their parents is 30 percent.

2. Interestingly, the percentage of Millennials living alone has stayed steady over generations in Rochester – 8 percent.

3. Rochester’s Millennials are not as financially secure, with 21 percent living in poverty,. That comparedsto 15 percent in 2000, 12 percent in 1990 and 11 percent in 1980. The national Millennial poverty rate is 20 percent.

City of Rochester

Credit: City of Rochester

4. Far fewer Rochester Millennials are employed – only 67 percent. But that’s better than the national young adult employment of 65 percent. In 1990, 74 percent of 18 to 34-year-olds had jobs. In 2000, 72 percent were working.

5. Rochester’s Millennials are not getting hitched. Seventy-three percent have never been married. That compares to 66 percent nationwide. In 1980, more than half of 18 to 34-year-olds had tied the knot at least once.

6. There is no brain drain, as I have pointed out previously. The percentage of 18 to 34-year-olds in Rochester mirrors that of the country. What’s more, Rochester’s Millennials are more educated. Twenty-five percent have bachelor’s degrees, compared to 22 percent nationwide. This generation of Rochesterians has a higher rate of college degree attainment than previous ones.

7. Millennials are more diverse. Nearly one in four Rochester Millennial is non-white, compared to nearly one in 10 in 1980.

8. Millennials are still driving alone to work – 86 percent. But the rate dipped slightly from the 88 percent who drove alone to work in 1990 and 2000.

Read more about the data here.


Links of the Day:


– Cleveland police tactics violated rights of citizens, the Justice Department found.

– “I was told something as a new rookie officer: You’d rather be tried by 12 jurors than carried by six pallbearers.

– The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on NFL blackoutsand the Bills took center stage.

– When Larry Glazer died, the city pretended everything would go on as usual. That’s not going to happen.

– A New York appeals court ruled that chimps are not people.

– Research casts alarming light on decline of West Antarctic glaciers. Rising sea levels will impact coastlines.

Someone make these tired, worn-out lists stop.

6 Responses to They Really Are Living at Home

  1. December 5, 2014 at 9:58 am Ernest Paviour responds:

    They may be better educated but they are not very smart given the fact our Constitutional Republic is being decimated by their indifference and apathy.

  2. December 5, 2014 at 1:19 pm joe in spencerport responds:

    I got married directly out of college in 1983 in the middle of a horrible job market. We both worked minimum wage jobs, shared a $400 car, took the bus, rented a small apartment, and managed to get by for a year until we were able to get hired into our careers. Live independently on minimum wage jobs now? Not so easy.

    • @Joe – It can be done but you just have to wait to have kids. Many people are having kids out of wedlock and then trying to secure a future as a family unit. If it’s done in the traditional way – two people meet, get married, work, pay bills, and then see if you’re financially secure enough to have kids, have them – then people will find a way to get by on the bare minimum. Also, don’t forget about distractions – going to bar, addictions, getting that technologically upgraded iphone / smartphone, etc.

    • December 5, 2014 at 2:11 pm Paviour, Ernest responds:

      And it;s going to get a lot worse. The Liberals that control our educational system omitted teaching the true principles of government and the importance of supporting our Constitutional Republic. The only economic standard taught is Keynesianism which is collapsing our economy, losing jobs and creating the Liberal world which translates to a government of absolute power. Job creation occurs when the free maker exists and can only be supported by our Christian heritage which is being decimated by Liberals, Gays and other radical groups not interested in a Democracy!

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