How far from mom do you live?

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Sometimes you just need your mom, and that's probably why most American's don't stray too far. The New York Times recently discovered that the typical adult American lives an average of 18 miles from mom.

"Over the last few decades, Americans have become less mobile, and most adults – especially those with less education or lower incomes — do not venture far from their hometowns," New York Times writes.

One of the reasons cited for this trend is that many young families need help with childcare, and that's where mom and dad become a big help.

Click through the slideshow above to see how far, on average, adults in each state live from their mom's house. Read the full study in the New York Times

This is also dependent on income and education. "Wealthier people can afford to pay for services like child and elder care, while low-income families are more likely to rely on nearby relatives."

Also, those with college degrees tend to follow career paths to major cities.

“It speaks to a class divide in the population,” Robert A. Pollak, an economist at Washington University told the New York Times. “Particularly as you go further down the socioeconomic scale, people are living pretty close to their parents, and this means they’re able to provide help.”

It's not all bout money, though. According to the study, "the tug of family ties" was the most common reason cited for living near home.

Some other interesting facts include: women are less-likely than men to stay in their hometown, single people are more likely to live close to home than married people, black people are more likely to live near their parents than white people.