Status: 01.08.2022 1:59 p.m.
Do young people stay longer with their parents because of rising rents or the Corona problem? The statistician’s answer is a resounding no. Also in a comparison with the EU, young people in Germany tend to move earlier.
In Germany, more and more young people between the ages of 15 and 24 no longer live with their parents. This is the result of current figures from the Federal Statistical Office. Despite rising rents and the corona pandemic in 2021, more young people would be able to fend for themselves than they have been in ten years.
According to the figures, 31.2% of the age group no longer lived in the home of their parents. This is more than in 2011: at that time, there were still 27.5% in the age group, or 2.4 million people.
Young researchers: End of the “nest stool” trend
In 2021, the average age at which young people leave the parental home is 23.6 years. This is nearly three years ahead of the EU average. In Sweden, young people leave the parental home the earliest in Europe, at 19 on average.
Young people in Portugal stayed at home the longest: their average age over the past year was 33.6. Young women in the EU continued to leave their homes earlier than men.
One can read as a trend that the time of the “stool nest” in Germany is over, says youth researcher Klaus Hurrelmann. “It’s truly remarkable: the decade-long phase of very late leaving the parental home seems to be easing now.”
This has nothing to do with a less good relationship, on the contrary: “The very good relationship with the parents remains – all the studies show that it is excellent.” He sees it more as a signal that self-employment is becoming more important again, says Hurrelmann.
Fewer and fewer married
According to statistics, the number of people married or in civil partnerships in the young age group has been in continuous decline since 2011. At the end of 2021, it reached a low of 136,000 people. In 2011 there were 246,500, in 1991 even 990,000.
The number of young parents also continued to decline. Only 2.4% of 15 to 24 year olds were parents in 2021. Ten years earlier, it was 3.7%.