Picture your dream home. Is it a traditional single-family home designed for a conventional nuclear family? Or does your idea of home include extended family — maybe your parents, in-laws, or a favorite aunt or uncle?
If so, you’re not alone. While single-family living continues to be the dominant housing choice in the US, there’s a new arrangement that’s steadily gaining in popularity across the country, including in the greater Chicagoland.
According to a report by Pew Research Center, the number of people who live in multigenerational households quadrupled between 1971 and 2021, now representing 18% of the US population. What’s driving this growth? The Pew study found financial reasons motivated four in ten respondents, 28% said it’s how they’ve always lived, 25% are caring for a family member, and 12% said help with childcare was a driving force in their decision.