Patch's Poll: How Old Were You When You Moved Out?

A new study shows affluent young adults live at home longer. How old were you when you moved out of the nest? Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments.

A new study in Australia shows that young adults in affluent families are living with Mom and Dad longer than their less wealthy counterparts.

"Three quarters of 20-year-olds from wealthy backgrounds live at home, while less than two-thirds of young adults whose families used welfare still rely on them for financial support, the report finds."

In the U.S., adult children who move back home have been dubbed 'boomerang kids.'

According to a Pew study, 30 percent of young adults 25-34 are now living at home, compared with around 11 percent back in the early eighties when many of those boomerangers were born.

This got us thinking - how old were you when you moved out? Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments.

And if you have boomerangers, here are some tips.



Vindaloo April 28, 2012 at 01:23 PM
It's very different these days. My daughter has been trying to get enough work as she goes through college to pay for her basic bills, but it hasn't been enough to pay for rent. My kids can live home as long as they can help out and they keep trying to move along. When I was their age, there were jobs and I worked, saved money to buy my car, go to school, give my parents a weekly room and board payment and save a little. I stayed home until I got married, (I'm traditional Italian) but by then we saved enough to put a down payment on our first home. The one we still live in today 27 years later. We had it good.
Victoria Wolinski April 28, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Moved out when I got married at 20. Thought that was what I was supposed to do. Wrong. Moved back at 23. Moved out at 24. Back at 26 for a short time. Out for good at 27. Worked full time and went to school the entire time. Paid cash. No student loans, no loans from my parents. Paid for utilities, helped out any way I could. Would have paid rent, but Dad wouldn't take it. I appreciate the fact that my parents allowed me to do this. They are kind, loving people and I love and respect them very much.
District 7 April 28, 2012 at 04:33 PM
The poll should show what year or decade you were born, which would be more relevant to the age at which you moved out. I moved out at 22 (born in the '40's), but our son (born in the '80's) is back home. Big difference.
Lisa Beth April 28, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Moved out in the summer of 1984 just a few months before my 18th birthday. Moved in with my boyfriend, scrapped, starved, lived a lot on love and even though we were poorer than dirt (no help from the State!). Got married 1 1/2 later. I wouldn't trade it for anything. 26 years later we're still here, we're still together, still going strong. Our oldest (26) got married and moved out this year. Our youngest (20) is moved out for a short time but moved back. Looking forward to the Empty Nest Syndrome!
roy May 01, 2012 at 04:50 PM
I was 92 when I moved out. My mother remarried some old guy and he made me leave home. Old people really made me upset when they did that to me - mom and her ancient new husband., BAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!


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