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'Boomerangers' can go home again

EDITORIAL BOARD | The Journal Gazette

“Boomerangers” are adult children who previously left home before returning to live with their parents, and their numbers are growing.

In a new report from, the share of U.S. adults 25 and older living under their parents' roof was 3.9% in 2001. Today that number is 7.3%, and researchers cite falling marriage rates, rising housing costs and higher unemployment rates as contributing factors.

Pew Research Center data suggests the COVID pandemic led to a spike in younger adults, 18-29 years old, living at home, from 47% in February 2020 to 52% by the end of 2021.

The pandemic could lead to older adult children choosing to stay home with mom and dad.

Analysis from found the Fort Wayne metro's boomerang rate was 5.7%, 16th lowest among other midsized U.S. metro areas. For comparison, the percentage of adult children older than 25 living with their parents was 13.3% in El Paso, Texas, the metro topping the midsized list.

The number of adults living with parents doesn't just vary by age. Race, gender and location play roles as well. High-cost-of-living states, such as Hawaii, have a higher percentage, as do states lacking employment opportunities, like Mississippi.

Though Fort Wayne's percentage is on the lower end among other metros, the percentage of adults living with parents here has increased 1.2% over the past decade.

Perhaps this isn't the time to remake your college student's bedroom into a crafting station, empty nesters.

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