On the surface it鈥檚 easy to see why millennials are different from their parents. We have rings that tell us if we have a new聽Tinder match, watches that make phone calls and who knows 鈥 we may have a woman president someday soonish. But we鈥檙e also redefining what it means to be a homemaker and what those homes look like (for one, we have WAY less icky wood paneling).

The Census Bureau just evaluated research on young adults鈥 living arrangements over the years, and there are some major takeaways about how and when singles are getting hitched and moving in together, and who they鈥檙e living with before all that. Here are five ways you鈥檙e probably living differently than the mamas and the papas (your parents, not the band 鈥 those guys are probably living better than all of us).

We鈥檙e not getting married right away: The census study shows that 18- to 24-year-olds are waiting six times longer to get married than the same demographic did in 1967.


We have live-in partners: Millennials are more likely than the older generations to find the whole 鈥渨hy buy the cow鈥 mentality super outdated (and really sexist). You have a 鈥75% chance of living with a partner鈥 by age 30,鈥 says the study.

Queer couples are living together: The partner listed above is defined as 鈥渙pposite-sex non-relative,鈥 so it doesn鈥檛 explicitly take same-sex couples into account. Still, you can extrapolate from the data that people are living with their friends or same-sex partners (defined as 鈥渙ther鈥 on the chart) more than they were in the 鈥60s.

We鈥檙e waiting to have babies: Not only are millennials having babies later, but they are also more likely to have them out of wedlock. According to this study, 鈥渙nly 60% of young adult parents live with a spouse.鈥 Your grandma may be mad about this, but we鈥檙e not.

We go to college more: Napoleon Dynamite may have said the immortal words 鈥測our mom goes to college,鈥 but this study says that your generation鈥檚 college attendance actually doubled in the last 50 years. Here鈥檚 to you, smarty pants!


Do you fit these statistics? Tell us in the comments!

(h/t United States Census)