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Joint households on the rise

  • June 21, 2012

Joint households on the rise

Sharing a household can be a complicated situation. Whether it's struggling to combine belongings in a small space or competing for closet space, there are many pitfalls to different people living under the same roof. These problems are likely to become more apparent because there are more shared households in the U.S. than ever before.

The number of such living situations increased by 11.4 percent between 2007 and 2010, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report. The number now stands at 22 million shared households, 18.7 of the total.

Unsurprisingly, analysts say they believe that a tight economy is the reason behind the increase.

"Although reasons for household sharing are not discernible from the survey, our analysis suggests that adults and families coped with challenging economic circumstances over the course of the recession by joining households or combining households with other individuals or families," said Laryssa Mykyta, an analyst in the Census Bureau's Poverty Statistics Branch.

Regardless of the causes, millions more Americans are sharing a household with other adults, which can sometimes be a stressful situation. When entering such a scenario, there are often complexities associated with managing the belongings and furniture of the merging individuals. In these cases, a household moving company can make the process go more smoothly. Separating belongings from various residents and using long distance moving and storage can contribute to a more seamless combination.


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