The average American household is now less than three people, and single-person household are becoming ubiquitous in today's society (rising from 13% in 1960 to 28% today).
But small-household living constrains time and money. The saying 'it takes a village to raise a child' still holds meaning as single-parent households struggle endlessly to work full-time and raise a family. It's no wonder that more and more people are seeking a communal living situation in which they build a community around themselves.
In this article from Ilana Strauss at The Atlantic, it's clear that communal living has economic value considering the constraints on time and money, but also social value.
Many elderly people, young professionals, stay-at-home parents, and single people routinely spend long stretches of time at home alone, no matter how lonely they may feel; more distressingly, many single parents face the catch-22 of working and paying for childcare. Living in smaller numbers can be a drain on money, time, and feelings of community, and the rise of the two-parent dual-earning household only compounds the problems of being time-poor.