Moving out, moving up or rather not moving anywhere?

Social Trends are changing…..

Young people nowadays are more likely to remain living with family, rather than moving out of home, until they are older. Naturally, most people eventually leave the home they grew up in and find one of their own. While some people move out when they are quite young, others stay until they get married. It is now common for people to move out in their late teens to late 20’s.

This change in living arrangement of Australian young people has been related to the trend towards partnering at a later age. Statistics show that in 2006 it was less common than in 1986 for a young person to be a partner in a couple family. It was less common in 2006 than in 1986 for a young person to be a partner in a couple family. “The age at which being in a couple family became a more common living arrangement than living with parents was 23 years in 1986.” (Australian Social Trends, March 2009, ‘Couples in Australia’).

Young people are now more likely to remain living with their parents than they used to be. “In 2006, almost one in four (23%) people aged 20–34 years were living at home with their parents, compared with 19% in 1986.” (Australian Social Trends, March 2009) Over the last few decades both young men and women have had changes in their living arrangements. Where the proportion of young women living at home had increased from 13% to 18%, increasing by 36%. The proportion of young men living at home with their parents had increased from 24% in 1986, to 27% in 2006, increasing by 16%.

Baby boomer generations of the 1950’s and 1960’s moved out at a younger age, due to getting married earlier and “playing house”. Young people of today aren’t as interested in “playing house”, there is a big wide world out there they want to explore. Not that there is anything wrong with wanting to move out and start a family; social trends have changed. Today’s couples are choosing to marry later on than couples of decades before them. The average age of a bride is twenty-eight to thirty-one and groom being twenty-nine to thirty-three. (Australian Social Trends, March 2009, ‘Couples in Australia’).

Nowadays a bachelor degree isn’t seen as the end of an individual’s formal education. Women and men wish to build a career before settling down. They want to be aware of their own financial future before committing to someone else. They look for similar people who can bring similar security to the partnership.

Young people also have the travel bug. Europe, South America, and World Tours, are big on their agenda. Part of a generation which grew up seeing the world on TV, they want to experience different cultures and traditions.

There is nothing wrong with the people of today changing their lifestyles, it just varies from that of their grandparents.

It will be interesting to see what happens to young people in 2070. Will they get married at all? Will they ever move out? Only time will tell.

Hi I'm Britt :) Just finished second year of media and communications at Swinburne at Hawthorn. Just discovered the wonders of Twitter, and have become addicted. Avid Collingwood supporter; yet I still do have all my teeth.


  1. moe

    21/12/2012 at 6:57 pm

    Stuff renting. paying off someone’s mortgage is awesome. oh and its not like your renting alone, you have to share it with at least 3 other flat mates because of the high rent prices. Not much freedom there if you ask me.

    Whats that? i’m just being spoilt because i dont want to live in caroline springs, 3 hours from the city centre?

    oh and the housing bubble. thanks to my parents investment properties they have ruined my chances and everyone elses chances of buying a house.

    back in the 1950’s a house was about 3 times yearly earnings. its now 9 times yearly earnings. wtf is the point in working? after all, the fractional reserve bank just prints money, why can’t I?

    and then you wonder why us gen y’s chant YOLO.

    fuck it, YOLO, and its the truth. none of this crap will be with you in your death.

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