The true measure of housing is whether or not it accommodates people in a way that matches their lifestyles—both relationally and financially. Some housing features such as Internet connectivity and digital imagery are newer, while others like multigenerational living are recast from days gone by. While multigenerational living for extended families has been around for hundreds of years, today it is returning as an increasingly popular lifestyle. The growth of multigenerational households has indeed accelerated in the economic downturn. In 2000, there were 5 million households comprised of multiple generations (4.8 percent of all households). This number grew slowly until the last few years. By 2008, 6.2 million multigenerational households resided in the United States (5.3 percent of all households), jumping to 7.1 million such households in 2010 (6.1 percent of all households).