The rise of multi-generational households

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During the pandemic, it became more common for parents to move in with their children, creating multi-generational households.
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During the pandemic, it became more common for adults to live with other adult members of their family. Adult children returned to live with their parents and elderly parents moved in with their adult kids. 

But even before COVID-19 hit, more people were choosing to live with relatives. 

Sharing a home has practical benefits. It saves money and helps people through unemployment, divorce and other life changes. It makes it easier to care for young children and elderly adults.

And it can be emotionally rewarding. More than half of adults who live with adult family members say it’s a positive experience most or all the time, according to a survey last year by Pew Research Center.

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MPR News host Angela Davis talks about the rise in multigenerational living, benefits and challenges and why it’s here to stay. 


  • Chris Farrell is senior economics contributor at Minnesota Public Radio and at Marketplace, American Public Media's nationally syndicated public radio business and economic programs. 

  • Bo Thao-Urabe is a founder and former executive director at the Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL) and serves on the University of Minnesota Board of Regents. 

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