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At what age do people leave their parents’ house?

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Times have changed and the society is trying to adapt to these changes. Not so long ago, university students in their final years of studies managed to get paid internships. Having their studies paid and getting their first salary, they could start saving. After graduation they already had savings and some work experience, so it was not difficult for them to find a stable job with a decent salary. It was the ideal time to leave the nest and start their own independent life.

A study, carried out by the National Statistics Institute of Spain, revealed that 9.6% of the 18.2 millions of Spanish households are run by young people of the aged between 25 and 29. This number is just 1.7% for those who are under 24 years.

If we focus on Europe we will find out that 46.6% of young people in Italy between 25 and 34 live with their parents. Portugal is the second in the list with 44.5%. In case of Austria the number is a bit lower, although there are still 21.8% of non-independent young people living there. The list is followed by Germany with 17.3% and Belgium reporting 16.1%. Finally, we can mention the 14.4% of the homes in the UK run by young people of the aged between 25 and 29 and 11.5% in the case of France. This number is just 1.7% for those who are under 24 years.

In spite of the common belief, in the United States the young people between 25 and 34 don’t tend to become independent as the used to several years ago. Many of them stay at home with their parents until they form their own families. So we could speak about just approximately 13.9% of young people who decide to leave home.

If we go on our journey through the American Continent, we can get some interesting data for Latin America as well. The average number of the young people aged from 15 to 24, who have moved out and have even built their own family, is around 13.5%. We can also pay attention to a striking difference between some countries, for example, Brazil with 23.3% of young people living separately from their parents, and Chile with only 6.6% of young people in this situation.

It’s important to note the differences between the genders and the regions. The proportion of young women managing an independent household exceeds that one of men of the same age. It might be also specified that young people in rural areas become independent earlier than those who live in urban centers.

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Thus we can see that in Argentina the average percentage of the people between 15 and 24 who still lives with his parents is of 13.2%. This number is very similar for Mexico as well, which has a rate of 11.4%.

All this data highly depends on the economic variables, but especially on social norms and customs of each particular country. In a perfect world if we follow the logics of chronology, the youth would have to choose their studies first, then the work they want to devote themselves, and, finally, the family they would like to create. However, the reality is different. The youth of today have to make these decisions simultaneously. Many of them face with a need to help their families financially, and have to work while studying. This becomes crucial for those who already moved from the parents’ home and even more when for those who have formed a family.

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