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March 18, 2010

MULTI-GENERATIONAL HOUSEHOLDS HITS 50 YEAR RECORD

WASH POST - The number of people living with several generations under one roof in the United States is at its highest point in 50 years, as families cope with ruinous job losses and foreclosures, researchers said.

During the first year of the recession, the number of Americans living in such multi-generational families rose by 2.6 million, or more than 5 percent, from 2007 to 2008.

The trend to bring extended families together in one home has been growing since 1980, driven by an influx of new immigrants as well as other social and cultural changes, according to the report. But the trend accelerated as the economic crisis sent many families reeling.

Now 49 million Americans -- 16.1 percent of the population -- live in homes with multiple generations. Many include adult children in their 20s.


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