The new American household: 3 generations, 1 roof
The Moura family has found that living together helps ease the pain of the recession.
April 3rd, 2012
02:00 PM ET

The new American household: 3 generations, 1 roof

By Les Christie, CNNMoney

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) –– As the economy continues to take a toll on consumers' finances, a growing number of people are discovering that becoming roommates with mom and dad, or a 20- or 30-something son or daughter, helps to ease some of the financial pain in tough times.

As of 2010, 4.4 million U.S. homes held three generations or more under one roof, a 15% increase from 3.8 million households two years earlier, according to the latest data available from the Census Bureau.

When Alicia Moura's father-in-law, Aecio D'Silva, retired from teaching at the University of Arizona in 2010 to pursue private-sector projects in aqua-culture and bio-fuel, he didn't expect to wait long before his efforts paid off. But then the economy tanked, development funds dried up and his ventures languished.

Soon afterward, Alicia started experiencing some medical issues with her pregnancy and the family decided it would be best to move in together. Now everyone - Alicia, her husband, their two young daughters and the in-laws - live under one roof.

"We not only save money by having a joined household, but we save on stress, time and other resources by having in-home day care," said Moura.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. GenericMan

    The Anglo dream of being King of his own castle is not a global culture. People work together and perhaps can be more hospitable for it. Perhaps a close-knit group of people who cannot make it alone could achieve more if they combine their successes. Overcoming individuals failure also becomes a group effort. I mean a support network that many traditional families lack. It's all about survival in the end.

    April 7, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Gijoe

    Chip and deport!

    April 4, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gijoe

    What's RIGHT with mexicans! An invader has a jackpot baby and the jackpot has a jackpot who has a jackpot. Pretty soon 44 grandjackpots all in a 2 bedroom mobile home

    April 4, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ma & pa

    Comment 3 is the kernal. Of course, thriving families over-flowed the house, after a time, and established helpful, multi-generational families of their own, often nearby. It made for a cohesive Republic of shared-values people.

    April 4, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ma & pa

    This is how people lived for countless millenia. The family shared their wisdom, know how, strength and faith and thrived in kindness and cooperation. Abuse caused the family to slpit or die out. Why must we, for the last few generations, live in big houses, alone, surrounded by expensive, inanimate, unthinking stuff?

    April 4, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Totoro

    What's wrong with mexicans?

    April 4, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. hamsta

    obamas legacy:to have america living like mexicans.

    April 4, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |