The coronavirus pandemic has affected us all in one way or the other. Many of us have experienced a drop in our finances, whether it's from our job or a side hustle. Throw in rising prices in groceries and gas and it's tougher to make ends meet.

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I've had a few friends say to me that they are thinking about getting a roommate. It's not their first choice but it's a possibility, especially with rising electricity prices on the horizon.

Also, the number of people in a household is growing, mostly because kids are staying at home longer. So combine roommates and households, and the number of people in the home is increasing for the first time in over a hundred years.

Porch did a study and they also discovered where the household sizes are increasing the most. Hawaii and California were the top two followed by New York. The results of that study don't surprise me because it isn't cheap to live in any of those states.

We know the main reasons in California and New York but why Hawaii. Everything has to have everything imported so the prices for goods are least they have ideal weather.

They broke down the small metro areas with the most roommates and California had 3 of the 4 locations. Rounding out the top 5 was East Stroudsburg, Pa. I bring that up because when I lived there, I had a roommate, who was an Alpha Phi Omega brother so, in a way, I was staying with family.

I got my college degree at East Stroudsburg University (ESU) and my first radio job (WSBG-93FM, The Power of the Poconos.) Remember you can't spell Jesus without ESU. Sorry, I took a trip down memory lane and I need to take a real trip there soon.

Back to the study, New York saw that 40% of the households have at least one other adult living in the same house that isn't a husband or wife while Binghamton is at 30% of adults. They must not be counting Binghamton University Students as adults.

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