Quarterlife Crisis

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Statistics on the Quarterlife Crisis™, Twentysomethings, and Young Adults

The following are documented statistics. Some of these statistics can be found in Conquering Your Quarterlife Crisis: Advice From Twentysomethings Who Have Been There and Survived. If you are a member of the media who would like to print any of these statistics, please contact Alexandra Robbins for the full citations.

On Home:

  • 65% of 2005 college seniors expect to live with their parents after graduation.
  • 56.8% of men and 43.2% of women ages 22-31 live with their parents.
  • More than 50% of all 18-24 year-olds and 27% of 18-34 year-olds were living with their parents in 2003.
  • In 2004, 64% percent of college students planned to move back in with their parents after graduation. 38% expected to stay for more than seven months.
  • 64% of 20 to 24 year-old men and 52% of 20 to 24 year-old women live with their parents. These numbers have been steadily rising since 1981.
  • The number of young adults living at home has increased 50% since the 1970s.
  • In 2001, individuals younger than age 30 spent $9,881 of their $30,811 in after-tax income on housing.

On Work:

  • The average number of jobs a person has in his 20s has jumped to 8.6 jobs between the ages of 18 and 32.
  • In a university poll, the majority of seniors surveyed believed they will have their first significant job within 3 months of leaving school. Two-thirds of them believe they will remain at their first job between 1-5 years.
  • 10.9% of 20-to-24-year-olds were unemployed in September 2003 vs. 6.7% in September, 2000. The jobless rate for 25-to-34-year-olds rose to 6.3% from 3.7% over the period.

On Marriage:

  • The average age of marriage has shifted from 21 for women and 23 for men in 1970 to 25 for women and 27 for men.
  • In a major poll, 94% of never-married twentysomethings singles stated that their future spouse must be their soulmate; 87% believe they´ll find that person.
  • Before age 17, one in three of today´s twentysomethings saw their parents divorce.

On Finances:

  • We are the first generation not projected to do better financially than our parents.
  • More than 40% of college students graduate owing more than $20,000 in student loans. Among students graduating with doctoral degrees, more than 60% have more than $30,000 in student-loan debt. Overall, 39% of students with loans graduate with "unmanageable debt," meaning loan payments that are more than 8% percent of monthly income.
  • Student loan debt has nearly doubled over the past eight years to $16,928.
  • Among youth aged 18-24 in 1973, 1985 and 1997, earnings in 1997 were the lowest of all three periods.

On School:

  • The number of bachelor's degrees awarded between 1987 and 1997 rose by 18 percent, the number of master's degrees by 45 percent and doctorates by 35 percent.
  • About 80% of 18-34 year-olds have a high school degree, 61% have attended college, and 20% have an education level of at least a four-year college degree.
  • Between 1960 and 2000, the percentage of Americans aged 20, 25, and 30 who were still enrolled in school more than doubled.
  • In a 2005 poll of young adults between 18 and 29, just 32% of those who attended college graduated by age 21.

Health & Fitness

  • Most of us are going to be interested in our fitness, appearance or health and the ways we can look better, whether that would be about going to the gym more or shopping for new clothes.
  • A good portion of the above people are going to try a bodybuilding, weight loss or fitness workout exercise / routine.
  • About 85% of those people will try a supplement to boost their goals.
  • About 60% of those people will try a protein / whey supplement and a about 30% of them will not finish their supplement.
  • Most of those people wont attend their gym by the end of their health membership and statistics from health gym owners have shown that a lot of people will not stick to their bodybuilding or weight loss guides / routines.
  • A good portion of us will look to health supplements and other bodybuilding / weight loss supplements before or at the beginning of their gym journey.
  • A lot of us will sign up to a gym through spring / summer, looking with a goal of improving health or physical appearance and will be done by either attempting to lose weight, gain muscle or tone up at the gym.
  • What that really means is there are a lot of us that are going to be interested bodybuilding whether it will be attempting to lose weight through diets, supplements, exercise, nutrition or through sports.

On "Adulthood":

  • In 1960, 77 percent of women and 65 percent of men had achieved what are considered the traditional hallmarks of adulthood: leaving home, graduating school, becoming financially independent, marrying, and having a child. In 2000, those numbers dropped to 46 percent of women and 31 percent of men.
  • According to a poll, most Americans believe that "adulthood" begins at age 26. According to a poll specifically of college­educated Americans, being "grown-up" begins at 28 or 29.
  • In 2000, there were 67 million Americans between 18 and 34.
  • In 2003, there were 37.4 million Americans between 20 and 29.


  • 41% of 20-29-year-olds say they feel significantly pressured or "almost more stress than they can bear."
  • Approximately 10% of U.S. college students have been diagnosed with depression, the National Mental Health Association says. Suicide has become the third-leading cause of death for people aged 15-24, behind accidental deaths and homicide.
  • Approximately one-third of drivers in their 20s are on auto insurance policies paid for by someone at least 20 years older.