MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: Destatis Federal Statistical Office
Press release no.N 045 dated August 5, 2020
Sons stay at home longer: 34% of 25-year-olds lived with parents in 2019, compared to 21% of daughters
Exception: Luxembourg: Everywhere else in the EU, daughters moved out earlier than sons
Average age at departure in Germany at 23.7 years is slightly lower than the EU average
WIESBADEN – The desire for independence, a distant study place or starting a career – the reasons why young people leave their parents’ four walls can be varied. But young adults don’t always move out. As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), more than a quarter (28%) of the 25-year-olds still lived in their parents’ households in 2019, and the behavior of young people moving out has hardly changed in the past 20 years: In 2000, people lived around 30% of 25-year-olds with their parents under one roof.
Daughters leave their parents’ homes earlier than sons
In 2019, at the age of 25, only around one in five young women (21%) lived in their parents’ household. The sons take a little more time moving out: At the age of 25, just under 34% lived with their parents. This clear difference between the sexes persists with advancing age. At the age of 30, 13% of men still lived as single children in their parents’ household, but only 5% of women. Between the ages of 30 and 40, these proportions drop significantly again: At 40, only 4% of men and just under 1% of women lived with parents.
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In the rural areas, the proportion of 20- to 25-year-olds who still live with their parents is significantly higher than in the cities: 47% of this age group in Lower Saxony still lived in their parents’ home. In the neighboring Hamburg it was 32%. The result was similar in the eastern federal states: in Brandenburg the share was 47%, in Berlin 36%.
EU comparison: Moving out of the parental home takes place relatively early in Germany
According to the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat), the estimated average age when moving out of the parental home in Germany in 2019 was 23.7 years, slightly lower than the EU average (25.9).
Due to the different financial and cultural framework conditions, the move-out behavior of young people in the EU varies significantly depending on the geographic location. In Northern European countries in particular, children move out of their home early. At 17.8 years old, Sweden had the lowest withdrawal age. In Denmark (21.1 years) and Finland (21.8 years), children left home relatively early. In contrast, the pull-out age is comparatively high in southern and eastern European countries. The highest average value was measured in Croatia at 31.8 years. But also in Slovakia (30.9), Italy (30.1) and Bulgaria (30.0) children moved out late with their parents.
Between 2010 and 2019, the age at which they moved out fell slightly from 26.1 to 25.9 on average in the EU. In Germany, it fell from 24.1 years to 23.7 in the same period.
Throughout the EU, with the exception of Luxembourg, daughters moved out earlier than sons. In Germany, the average age when moving out of parents’ home in 2019 was 22.9 years for women and 24.4 for men.
Methodological information: The microcensus is a sample survey in which around 1% of the population in Germany is surveyed annually. In order to be able to make statements about the total population from the data collected, the data are extrapolated.
The data for the EU comparison come from the Eurostat database.
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