If You've Moved in With Your Parents, You're Not Alone

Los Angeles, city of relatives
Los Angeles, city of relatives

Los Angeles is one of the American cities with the highest percentage of adults living with relatives, according to an analysis from real estate website Trulia scheduled to be released today.

In fact, it's one of the top cities for people who live under the same roof with two or more generations of relatives — often with children, parents and grandparents in the same home, the site found. It calls such residents part of a national "sandwich generation" that has been forced into such living situations as a result of the Great Recession.

However, the site's analysts note that cities like L.A. contain "ethnic enclaves," where living in multigenerational households can be customary. "Multigeneration homes are more common among Asians and Hispanics — two of the fastest-growing U.S. populations," Trulia spokeswoman Cecilia Xia says.

L.A. ranked sixth nationwide for multigenerational households, the Trulia analysis found; nearly 7 percent of our households contain at least two generations.

The Inland Empire was third and has nearly 8 percent of its residents in multigenerational residences, according to Trulia. Honolulu, with 9 percent of its population living in such arrangements, was No. 1.

Nationwide 4.3 percent of all households contain multiple generations, according to Trulia's analysis, which is based on U.S. Census data. That’s up from 3.6 percent in 2006.

In L.A., 63 percent of households with three or more generations under one roof are Latino, according to the site's data. Fourteen percent of such households in L.A. are white; nearly 15 percent are of Asian descent, Trulia found.

"Many families consolidated to make ends meet in the wake of the Great Recession," Xia says.

True. But the data here has made it clear that living with mom, dad and grandma is part of everyday life in L.A., recession or not.

With our middle-of-the-road $2,000 rents way out of reach of the median, $28,555-a-year Los Angeles worker, living with relatives is one of the few things about our crazy housing market that makes any sense.


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