Millennials do not consider themselves 'grown up' until they are 27, survey finds

Camilla Turner

Millennials do not consider themselves "grown up" until they reach the age of 27, a survey has found. 

More than half (55 per cent)  said that feeling like a fully mature adult depended on reaching particular milestones in life, according to the survey conducted by Nationwide Current Accounts.

Just over one in five (22 per cent) of the 2,000 adults surveyed said that people felt mature when they had their own children, while a further fifth (21 per cent) said it was when they moved out of their parents' home. 

The trend for people in their twenties to live at their parents' house for longer is fuelled by a competitive jobs market, modest entry-level salaries and the high living costs.

One in seven said they felt "grown up" when they got married Credit:  Paitoon Youlike / Alamy Stock Photo

 Professor Jane Lewis, who led a study at the London School of Economics into children who move back home after university, said that this “will become increasingly acceptable” behavior for graduates. 

She found that the "boomerang generation" became very comfortable with living at home, and felt little urge to move out. 

One in seven (14 per cent) said they felt grown up when they got married and one in eight (12 per cent) on getting their first job.

Of the nine in 10 adults who consider themselves grown up, the transition took place for half in their 20s, a fifth in their 30s and one in 20  in their 40s.

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