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Multigenerational Households
A record number of Americans live in multigenerational households today. Although the trend began before the economic downturn, the Great Recession has fueled a dramatic rise in U.S. multigenerational households from 46.5 million in 2007 to 51.4 million by the end of 2009- a 10.5% increase in just three years.

Multigenerational families offer a number of advantages to its members. These households also face many challenges. Generations United urges policymakers and the private sector to offer supportive policies and services to support them.

What is a Multigenerational Household?
Multigenerational Household Key Facts
Types of Multigenerational Households
Major Factors Leading to the Increase in Multigenerational Households
Multigenerational Resources

Download Family Matters: Multigenerational Families in a Volatile Economy (Executive Summary)


Download Family Matters: Multigenerational Familines in a Volatile Economy (Full Report)
Featured Resources
Multigenerational Family
NPR aired a special series on multigenerational families in April 2012. Hear the stories here.


A recent NYT article examined the trend of college graduates returning home after graduation. Visit the Together Blog to read more about the article and how it can help today's young adults.






"About six years ago we started a grandparents support groups [to help other multigenerational families]. We have 178 families in the group...it's people helping people." -Adrian Charniak

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