WHY ARE LATINO MILLENNIALS CHOOSING TO LIVE WITH THEIR PARENTS?

The 2010 Census data estimates that within a few more years, U.S. born Latinos will dominate the 18 to 29 year old age segment within the Hispanic population. This only means a more assimilating Latino society that will experience a potent cross-cultural progression in the near future. A recent article by Target Latino depicts the rapid cultural changes trending amongst the new Latino generation.

Hispanic Millennials are rapidly assimilating to the American ethos, yet are fervently holding on to their Latino values and traditions. An example of this inclination is how Hispanic Millennials are obtaining college degrees at a greater pace and/or achieving financial security; despite this they are still opting to live with their parents. So why are so many Latinos deciding to stay at home instead of moving out to become fully independent?

The reality of life at home resonates all too well with my circle of friends and I, who are in our newly thirties, in successful careers and still living with our parents. Ironically, we touched on this theme over a recent brunch and found ourselves in a deep discussion over the encumbrance that follows us as Latina women and the expectations that are customary though slightly losing ground as we embark towards a more contemporary Hispanic-American culture.

A few of my friends stated their preference is to be on their own, however their choice to still live with their parents’ has been mainly a guilt trip imparted by their parents (usually mom) to remain, despite maintaining a lucrative career. The rest of us felt it a wiser decision to remain at home as a way to save money for our futures, which our parents gladly encourage.


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