30.3 percent of 18- to 34-year-olds are living with a parent, according to data from the Census Bureau.

The data comes from a Census release called “Young Adults: Then and Now,” which “illustrates characteristics of the young adult population (age 18-34) across the decades using data from the 1980, 1990 and 2000 Censuses and the 2009-2013 American Community Survey.”

In 1980, according to the Census, 22.9 percent of the total population ages 18 to 34 were living with a parent who was deemed the householder. In 1990, the percentage living with their parents increased to 24.2 percent. In 2000, the percentage dipped to 23.2 percent, and in 2009-2013 it reached the highest level recorded in the dataset to 30.3 percent.

CNSNews.com contacted Veronique de Rugy, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center, to put the data in context to find out why this is occurring.

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