Jan 4, 2024 - News

Multigenerational living on the rise in metro Phoenix

Share of multigenerational households among families, 2020
Data: Census Bureau; Map: Alice Feng/Axios

Multigenerational households — three or more generations under one roof — are on the rise.

By the numbers: The share of multigenerational households in Maricopa County was 7.8% as of 2020, representing nearly 85,000 households. The national share was 7.2%.

  • Apache and Navajo counties had the highest rates in Arizona, with 16.9% and 13.2%, respectively.

The big picture: Financial concerns and caregiving needs are two of the major reasons people live with their parents (and parents' parents).

  • There were 6 million multigenerational households in the U.S. in 2020, up from 5.1 million in 2010, according to census data.

The latest: Last year, Phoenix voted to allow accessory dwelling units, or backyard casitas, in the yards of all single-family homes. The move was celebrated as a way to help families expand their housing options.

The intrigue: Living close to family or friends can improve your health and happiness.

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