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Number of unwed adults living with parents increasing

By Cheng Chi-fang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Last year 91 percent of unmarried Taiwanese lived with their parents, an increase of 7 percentage points from four years ago, figures released on Saturday by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) indicated.

DGBAS officials speculated that the increase reflected a growing number of younger people choosing not to get married or to wait longer before tying the knot, as well as social and economic pressure on them.

DGBAS said that other studies had shown that 30 percent of adults living with their parents do not contribute to paying household expenses.

The DGBAS' survey of family conditions was first carried out in 1998 and is conducted every four years.

The most common reason a grown-up child moves away from home remains marriage, with 63 percent of respondents giving this as the reason for moving out last year.

But as the average age for marriage increases, the number of adults living with their parents is also increasing.

In 1998, 35 percent of adults lived with their parents, while 38 percent lived with their parents in 2002 and 45 percent lived with their parents last year.

Last year 59 percent of adults living with their parents were men, while only 31 percent were women.

Among those living with their parents, about 91 percent were unmarried.

Among the male respondents who lived with a wife or partner, 36 percent also lived with their parents.

Only 3 percent of female respondents living with a husband or partner also lived with their parents.

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