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15th Aug 2023

New data shows 68% of young Irish adults are still living with parents

Jody Coffey

Ireland’s figures surpass many other other European countries’.

As a parent or guardian, maybe the headline reassures you… or maybe it sends a chill up your spine.

Regardless of how you feel, there is no denying the cold hard facts.

While there has been an exodus of young people immigrating to the likes of Australia, Dubai, Canada, and so on, it seems that a large number remain here in Ireland, but in the family home.

Over two out of every three young Irish adults remained living at home last year, according to new data from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

The data showed that a total of 68% of Irish adults – aged between 25 and 29 – were still living at home last year.

Perhaps your young adult offspring fall into this bracket, and that’s okay, the housing crisis has locked an entire generation out of purchasing homes, as well as increasing rent prices keeping them at the family home.

This is by no means the fault of the young adults who remain sleeping in their childhood bedrooms.

However, let’s not pretend these figures are normal.

When comparing Ireland’s data to other European countries, there is an astronomical difference.

For example, Sweden saw 6.3% of their young adults failing to flee the family home, while Denmark recorded 6.3%, and Finland 5.7%.

The EU average is 42% – meaning Ireland is well above the median.

The data can be found on Eurostat’s ‘Young Europeans tool which allowes people aged between 16 and 29 to compare themselves with other young people on the continent.

Quizzes in categories such as ‘Life & Wellbeing,’ ‘Health,’ Work & Education,’ and ‘Digital World’ reveal where Ireland lands compared to other countries for the different age cohorts.

It also found that the average age a young person moved out of their family home in Ireland was at 26.9 years of age.

The data highlighted that 61% of women in Ireland aged between 25 and 29 are still living with their parents or guardians, while 74% of men have yet to flee the nest.

However, there is some reassuring data to report.

Parents will delight in hearing that, despite the high rates, the survey says 45.4% of young people in this age bracket would measure their life satisfaction as ‘high’, in contrast to the 3.6% who said it was ‘low’.