As it turns out, it wasn't our imaginations.
Multi-generational households are on a dramatic rise in the United States. That is, households with more than one adult generation living under one roof.
Today, 49 million Americans - one in six - live in a home with at least two adult generations, or a grandparent and one other generation. That's 21 million more than in 1980.
A 133% rise in multigenerational households in the past 30 years is a significant number, considering a previous trend downward for most of a century prior...and compared to the less than 50% increase in the general US population.
A rise in multigenerational households is not a sign of increasing prosperity. Living with ones parents at an increasing rate isn't something an increasingly prosperous people do. It's a sign of a contraction. People consolidating.
Americans are consolidating. And have been more and more for the past 30 years.
This is a symptom of a trend that can be reversed, stretching from the dawn of trickle down economics.