The American Community Survey finds that 4.3 million households in the U.S. are multigenerational, representing 5.6% of the total 76.4 million family households counted in the analysis. BUILDER has reported that such a trend is most prevalent in Hawaii, California, Maryland, Mississippi, and Texas. The Kansas City Star staffer Mary G. Pepitone talks to experts and local residents to discover the reasons for the trend. Pepitone writes,
An intergenerational living arrangement might not be for everyone, but some families are living with the benefits of built-in babysitters and the ability to age in place surrounded by loved ones. Especially with trying financial times due to the recession starting in 2008 — there was a rise in extended families pooling resources and living together under the same roof again out of necessity.
“What research shows is that people could retrofit existing homes to make a suite or what’s called a mother-in-law apartment to accommodate other family members,” says Stephen Melman, a National Association of Home Builders spokesman, based in Washington, D.C. “You know this ancient concept of multigenerational living is becoming a modern concept when builders start constructing homes with this intent.”