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How Long Should Adult Children Live with Parents After College?

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Americans disagree about how long is too long to remain at home with mom and dad after college, a survey of 2,021 people by Coldwell Banker Real Estate shows.

According to the survey, Americans on average believe that four years is too long for adults to live at home with their parents after graduating from college.  One in five Americans feel it is okay for adult children to live at home as long as they want, while about one in seven Americans think adults should never live at home with their parents.

But if you ask parents the same question, they will tell you it is okay for adult children to live at home for up to five years after college.  And younger parents between the ages of 18 and 34 believe adult children should live with their parents for as much as six years after college. But as one might expect, older parents want the kids out sooner. Parents ages 55 and older want adult children out of their parents' home within four years of finishing college.

Nearly one in four parents still believe it is okay for adult children to live at home as long as they want.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

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