Even In Affordable Pittsburgh, Still Living At Home — Struggling With Debt, Limited Options

By Tim Grant
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) An increasing number of grown children, also known as “boomerang kids”, are moving into their old bedrooms, usually because of financial challenges caused by a life crisis such as divorce or job loss or the high cost of living independently in an age when young adults are confronting record levels of college debt and a tough job market.

PITTSBURGH

After living in Atlanta for 10 years and managing the struggle to keep up with rising expenses and student loan debt, 34-year-old Kara Steiner decided to move back to her parents’ house in suburban Pittsburgh last year hoping to re-establish her life in a more affordable city.

She landed a job within a week of coming home. The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh hired her to teach full-time at St. Silvester Elementary School.

But the $30,000 salary was just half of what she earned as a teacher in Georgia, which put a damper on her plans to move out of the family home, at least for a while.

Things went from bad to worse when the teaching job ended in August. The diocese had to cut back its staff because of low enrollment. She spent the summer interviewing for job after job to no avail.

“I wasn’t even getting phone calls back from the schools I interviewed with, saying ‘thanks for your time,'” Steiner said.

She never expected to still be living with her parents more than a year after she came back. But she has begun to accept the fact that moving out will not happen as fast as she thought.

An increasing number of grown children, also known as “boomerang kids”, are moving into their old bedrooms, usually because of financial challenges caused by a life crisis such as divorce or job loss or the high cost of living independently in an age when young adults are confronting record levels of college debt and a tough job market.

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