Most young Italians still live with their parents

Italians have always been close to their parents, but fewer flew the nest in 2012 than in 2011, mainly due to the continued lack of jobs in Italy's struggling economy, according to the latest figures from Istat, the national statistics agency.

Most young Italians still live with their parents
Under one roof: One in six Italians between 18 and 35 still live with their parents. Photo: MoodBoardPhotography/Flickr

One in six, or 61.2 percent of Italians between the age of 18 and 34 still lived at home in 2012, 31,000 more than in the previous year.

Those still with their parents are mostly single who can’t afford to live alone or are forced to return home, the agency said.

Men also make up the bigger proportion, with Istat figures from late last year showing that 52.3 percent of men aged 25-34 were living with their parents compared to 35 percent of women.

READ MORE HERE: More than half of Italian men live with their mums

The figures are hardly surprising seeing jobless rates are at a record high of 12.7 percent and unemployment among 15 to 24-year-old stands at 41.6 percent.

High rents and bleak prospects of property ownership also mean more young Italians are forced to stay home for longer.

READ MORE HERE: Rents in Italy soar as wages stagnate

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