In One Chart: 5 charts that prove that today’s 30-year-olds are NOT adults

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Maybe 30 is the new 20.

Data released recently from the Census Bureau show that 30-year-olds today — as compared to 30-years olds in 1975 — are less likely to have hit many of the milestones that have come to define adulthood. In 1974 three in four 30-year-olds had married, had a child, were not enrolled in school anymore and had lived on their own; in 2015, just one in three could say that.

More 30-year-olds haven’t hit major adult milestones

Percentage of 30-year-olds who were/are living these realities

1975 2015
Live on their own 90% 70%
Have ever married 89% 57%
Live with a child 76% 47%
Own a home 56% 33%
Source: Census Bureau

This isn’t the first data to show that millennials — generally defined as people ages 18 to 34 as of 2015 — are living more like the younger people of yesteryear.

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