Several factors seem to be at play in the record number of young people still living at home with their parents -- a trend that, notably, began before the recession hit. One explanation is that the government defines 18- to 24-year-olds who live in college dorms as still living with parents, skewing the figures as the number of students has risen. The economy also has fewer jobs available, and the number of people ages 18 to 31 who are married has dropped.

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