If you went "home"--or to your parents' house--for the holidays this year, where did you head? Across state lines? An hour's drive? Or to a house in the same neighborhood?
If you didn't travel far, you're like the majority of Americans: The typical adult lives only 18 miles from his or her mother, according to a recent analysis of data from a survey of older Americans. In fact, only 20 percent live more than a couple hours’ drive from their parents.
Analysts believe it's because in recent decades, Americans have become less mobile, and most adults--especially those with less education or lower incomes--do not venture far from their hometowns. And when you consider the pros to such proximal living--members of multiple generations can lean on one another for financial and practical support as well as child and elderly care--the trend makes even more sense.
The Typical American Lives Only 18 Miles From Mom http://hubs.ly/H01HG5w0 via @UpshotNYT #DataVizPosted by Syntelli Solutions Inc. on Monday, December 28, 2015
The Typical American Lives Only 18 Miles From Mom http://hubs.ly/H01HG5w0 via @UpshotNYT #DataViz
The above map shows the median distance people live from mom and dad throughout various parts of the country. Do you fit in with your neighbors?
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