Report Finds 42.3% of Tennessee Millennial's Own Homes - Overall home ownership DOWN in Rutherford County

Jul 21, 2020 at 11:21 am by WGNS

Millennials have a notoriously low homeownership rate, which despite inching upward in recent years, is far lower than the rates of previous generations at the same age. The Urban Institute finds that a variety of factors contribute to depressed homeownership among young adults, including a propensity to delay marriage, increased student loan debt, lack of affordable housing, and geographic preferences. According to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the national homeownership rate is 63.9 percent. For millennials, the homeownership rate stands at just 39.5 percent.

As a Whole - Rutherford County Home Ownership:

Specifically in Rutherford County, the home ownership rate in all age groups came in at 64.1% in 2018. That number was higher in 2017 at 64.5%.

When you jump back to 2013, the home ownership rate in Rutherford County was 67.6%. In 2014, the number fell to 66.8%, which demonstrates a steady decline in the number of homeowners Vs. renters.

More on Millenials in TN:

Recent evidence shows that millennials are fleeing large, more expensive cities for more affordable, smaller locales. While millennials helped boost urban growth after the Great Recession, in recent years, the population of older millennials and younger Gen Xers has declined in these cities. The COVID-19 pandemic may continue to fuel this trend as dense city living becomes less attractive. Additionally, the economic and financial uncertainty that many Americans now face will make buying a home in pricey, large cities less feasible.

While the millennial homeownership rate is lower overall when compared to older generations, the rate varies widely across cities and states based on cultural factors, as well as living costs and job market conditions. At the state level, the Midwest claims the highest rates of millennial homeownership—Iowa and South Dakota have the highest homeownership rates among millennials in the country at 53.7 and 51.5 percent, respectively. Conversely, Hawaii, California, and New York have the lowest millennial homeownership rates—all below 30 percent.

To find the states where millennials are buying homes, researchers at Porch, a marketplace for home services, analyzed the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and Zillow. The researchers ranked metro areas according to the homeownership rate among millennials. In the event of a tie, the metro with the larger number of millennial homeowners was ranked higher. Researchers also calculated the median home price, the typical monthly mortgage payment, median earnings for full-time millennial workers, and the cost of living.

The analysis found that in Tennessee, 42.3% of millennials own their homes. 

Here is a summary of the data for Tennessee:

• Millennial homeownership rate: 42.3%
• Median home price: $192,275
• Monthly mortgage payment: $682
• Median earnings for full-time millennials: $36,000
• Cost of living (compared to national average): 10% below average

For reference, here are the statistics for the entire United States:

• Millennial homeownership rate: 39.5%
• Median home price: $251,598
• Monthly mortgage payment: $893
• Median earnings for full-time millennials: $40,000
• Cost of living (compared to national average): N/A

For more information, a detailed methodology, and complete results for all states, you can find the original report on Porch’s website:

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