A third of Hungarians aged between 20 and 39 still live with their parents, according to data released by the Central Statistical Office (KSH).
Their number has almost doubled since 1990, when 16 per cent of the age group was living at home, according to the daily newspaper Magyar Nemzet. In the Nineties, the number of stay-at-home “grown-up children” increased rapidly from 459 000 to 819 000 by 2001. Since then, the tendency has slowed down, with around 883 people belonging to the age group living at home at the time of the 2011 census.
While the 31.4 per cent share of stay-at-home young adults is high, it is not excessive by European standards; an average 27.5% of the age group still lives in “hotel mum and dad”. The two extremes are the Scandinavian countries, where the figure is around 15 per cent, and Hungary’s northern neighbour Slovakia, where over half of people aged between 20 and 39 still live with their parents.
Remarkably, only one-quarter of females lives with their parents in the age group, as opposed to 40 per cent of males, in Hungary. The tendency is also closely related to the delay in starting a family, which has strong implications upon the demographic situation. Two-thirds of stay-at-home youngsters live in single-unit family houses with their parents, mostly in smaller settlements.