The hotel of mum and dad! Number of young people still living at home with their parents has soared over last decade

  • The census reveals thousands more people now live at home with their parents
  • There are now 1.39million households made up of married couples and over-18s
  • There was also a 56 per cent rise in households with ‘non-dependent children’

Tens of thousands more people are now living at home with their parents than a decade ago, the census reveals.

Detailed analysis shows there are now 1.39million households in England and Wales made up of married couples with sons or daughters aged over 18, up from 1.31million in 2011.

And there are another 180,000 families made up of unmarried couples with so-called ‘non-dependent children’, up 56 per cent from the 115,000 recorded at the previous census.

Detailed analysis shows there are now 1.39million households in England and Wales made up of married couples with sons or daughters aged over 18, up from 1.31million in 2011 (file photo)

The Office for National Statistics said this represented the ‘greatest increase’ among single family households.

Overall there are now 24.8million households nationwide, up 6.1 per cent in a decade, most of them home to a family but 7.5million containing just one person.

The proportion of adults who are married or in civil partnerships has fallen slightly to 44.6 per cent in 2021, while 37.9 per cent have always been single.

Census figures also disclose that the population is ageing with the median age now 40 across the country, up from 39 a decade ago. 

In North Norfolk the average resident was 54 while in Tower Hamlets, east London, they were 30.

Nottingham, Cambridge, Oxford and Manchester all had average ages of 31 thanks to their student populations.

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