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Third of German Youth Leave Family Home, New Report Shows

Third of German Youth Leave Family Home, New Report Shows

Wednesday, 3 August, 2022 - 06:00
Members of family chat as they dine on Christmas Eve, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues, in Monterrey, Mexico December 24, 2020. Picture taken December 24, 2020. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

More than 30 percent of Germans aged 15 to 24 are no longer living with their parents.


Germany's Federal Office for Statistics announced Monday that around 2.6 million young men and women in this age group left their family house last year, accounting for 31.2 percent of the overall group.


The number was 2.4 million (27.5 percent) a decade ago, according to the German news agency.


The data also show that men stay longer than women at their family house: around 27.6 percent of men compared to 35.1 percent of women aged 15 to 24 leave their parents’ house.


The Federal Office also shared statistics about Europe, showing that young people left home on average at 24 years of age in 2021, almost three years earlier than the EU average.


Young Swedes leave home the youngest, on average at 19 years old. Portugal had the highest average age for leaving home in the EU, at 34 years.


The number of parents in the 15 to 24 age brackets has also dropped in Germany in the past ten years. In 2021, only 2.4% of the age group became parents (around 197,000 fathers and mothers).


This hasn't changed much from 2011, when 3.7% (327,000 fathers and mothers) of the age group were parents.


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