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Multigenerational Households are Increasing

Posted: June 14, 2011

Multigenerational households are growing and their numbers accelerating. In 2010, the number was 7.1 million (6.1% of all households)

From the Global Action on Aging Newsletter, April 27, 2011

As the U.S. continues its economic downturn, extended families are piling into single family homes. Multigenerational households are growing and their numbers accelerating. In 2008, some 6.2 million intergenerational households could be found in the United States (5.3% of all households). Two years later in 2010, the number jumped to 7.1 million (6.1% of all households). The increase in these two years represents a faster rate of growth than the previous eight years combined. Compared to whites, the population of Hispanics, African Americans, and Asians make up the majority living in multigenerational households.