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More people are living at home with parents until their late twenties. Photo: Stock image

More people are living at home with parents until their late twenties. Photo: Stock image

More people are living at home with parents until their late twenties. Photo: Stock image

Young Irish adults are likely to be still living at home with their parents into their late twenties, according to new EU figures.

Statistics from the European Commission show that, in 2021, the average age of Irish people before they moved out of the family home was 27.9 years.

It is the 12th highest average age for young adults to leave home among the 27 EU member states and just above the EU average of 26.5 years. It is a likely side-effect of the housing crisis.

The figures show that young Irish males are more likely to stay living with their parents than Irish females – a trend mirrored in all other countries in Europe.

Men left their parental home, on average, after the age of 30 in 11 EU countries, while that was the case for women in only two countries – Portugal and Croatia.

The average age for Irish males to move out of home last year was 28.3 years compared to 27.4 years for females.

At 0.9 years, Ireland had the third-narrowest gap between young males and females moving out of home among EU member states after Sweden and Denmark.

Last year’s average for both sexes in Ireland of 27.9 years showed a slight reduction on the 2020 figure of 28.1 years.

However, there has been a steady increase in the average age before young Irish people find their own place to live over the past decade.

The commission said that, in 2020, the average age in Europe had seen its biggest year-on-year increase since 2006.

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This was likely caused by the pandemic, which might have led young people to reconsider moving out.


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