According to a recent new report by the U.S. Census Bureau, one in six Americans are now living in poverty — more than 46 million people, or roughly 15 percent of all Americans. This is the highest number since the Census Bureau began tracking poverty 52 years ago. In 2010 alone, 2.6 million more American families’ incomes fell under the poverty line.  Much of the increase was the result of adult children who either moved back home during the recession or never left. Among adults between the ages of 25 and 34, some 5.9 million were living with their parents this spring, up from 4.7 million before the recession hit in 2007. That 25 percent increase translated to 14.2 percent of all young adults living with their parents in March, the bureau said.

For Census purposes, a house is considered “doubled-up” if at least one more adult is living there who is not enrolled in school and is not the main householder, spouse or cohabitating partner of the householder.

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