Close to half of all New Jerseyans aged 18 to 34 were living with a parent or parents in 2015, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. The more than 870,000 New Jersey young adults — about 47 percent of all those 18 to 34-year-olds — living with their mothers and fathers give the state the dubious distinction of being first in the nation on a measure that probably makes neither particularly happy. Connecticut had the second-largest proportion — almost 42 percent. Nationally, just over a third of those aged 18-34 live in their parents’ home.
“Clearly, we are ahead of the nation,” said James Hughes, dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. “I’m not surprised.”