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Work and Lifestyle of Young Adults Changed During the Pandemic

Young adulthood (ages 18-34) is characterized by many life changes that may include starting employment, going to college and new living situations.

But in recent years, this life stage has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has brought about large-scale societal transformations.

A new U.S. Census Bureau data visualization explores these changes across a myriad of social characteristics of young adults from 2019 to 2021 including working from home; college enrollment; living arrangements; and computer and internet use.

Between 2019 and 2021, the share of young adults ages 18 to 34 who:

  • Worked from home increased by 12.0 percentage points.
  • Had a broadband internet subscription increased by 2.4 percentage points.
  • Were enrolled in college or graduate school decreased by 0.7 percentage points.
  • Lived alone increased by 1.1 percentage points.

Other highlights of changes in the social characteristics of young adults from 2019 to 2021:

  • The number of young adults enrolled in public undergraduate educational institutions decreased 12.9%, from roughly 12.6 million in 2015 to 10.9 million in 2021.

US Census Bureau. New Data Visualization Shows More Young Adults Worked From Home and Lived Alone During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Published September 6, 2023. Accessed September 16, 2023.