Doubled-Up Households in Colorado

Report by Jennifer Newcomer

Shift Research Lab   (Denver*)

In January 2018, Shift Research Lab released Exploring Colorado’s Housing Affordability Challenges. This research revealed a largely unexplored phenomenon: more Coloradans are living with friends, roommates and family members in “doubled-up” households. This brief, the first in a two-part series, explores the data on doubled-up households in Colorado, describing the demographics, geographic distribution and change in the prevalence of the doubling-up phenomenon from 2006 to 2017. The second part in the series, which will be released in late 2019, will explore the economics surrounding these households.