Multi-Generational Family Households: Back to the Future

Extended families and multiple generations are increasingly living under one roof.
Extended families and multiple generations are increasingly living under one roof.

Yet more evidence that we are going backwards: A new study published today by the Pew Research Center finds the "multi-generational American family household is staging a comeback."

Pew is not the first to come up with such findings -- other studies have also shown that Americans are reverting to mixed-generational living. Like Pew, they have noted the economic forces driving more extended families under one roof, such as job losses and home foreclosures. But the Pew study finds that, more than economic pressures, the trend towards multi-gen living is driven by "demographic changes that have been gathering steam for decades" -- a graying and increasingly multi-cultural populace.