Members of the Millennial generation (young adults born after 1980) are much less likely to be married than were members of preceding generations at the same age. Just one-in-five Millennials is currently married (21%) and just one-in-eight (12%) is married with children at home, half the proportions (42% and 26%, respectively) of Boomers at the same age. Millennials are also more likely to be single parents living with their children (8%) than Boomers (4%) at the same age. And, whether married or single, Millennials are less likely than Boomers at the same age to both be parents and be living in the same household with their child or children (20% versus 30%). However, Millennials are more likely to be living with other family members (47%), such as their parents, than were the immediate two previous generations at the same age (Gen Xers, 43%; Boomers, 39%). They also are more likely than others had been at the same stage of life to be cohabiting with a partner or living with a roommate. Read More

Russell Heimlich  is a former web developer at Pew Research Center.