Young adults in the United States are taking longer to reach “key life milestones,” including financial independence from parents and living on their own, compared to four decades ago, according to a Pew Research Center analysis released on Tuesday.
In 2021, adults who were 21 were less likely to have a full-time job; be financially independent, living on their own or married; or have children than their predecessors from 1980.
Today’s young adults are closer to full-time employment and financial independence by age 25, the analysis of Census Bureau data shows. Financial independence is defined as having a single income of at least 150% of the poverty level.
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