6 adult decisions delayed by the economy

Moving out? Getting married? Having kids? Who can afford it anymore? Young Americans are delaying key adult milestones because of the sluggish economy.

Moving out of Mom and Dad's
Moving out of Mom and Dad's
As incomes fail to keep up with the rising cost of living, more young people are "boomeranging" -- a.k.a. returning home to live with their parents.

In 2010, more than half of 18- to 24-year-olds still lived with their parents. While the rates are much lower for the slightly older 25 to 34 age group, those too have risen.

"Often they don't have a job, so they can't pay the rent on their own," said Tamara Draut, co-author of The State of Young America report, which surveyed more than 800 young people. "That, and mountains of student loan debt, often make it a really smart decision to live rent free for a while before striking out on their own."



Text by Annalyn Censky, Charts by Liz Starin @CNNMoney - Last updated December 13 2011: 5:49 AM ET
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