Las Vegas Experiences Huge Increase in Millennial Homeownership, Second-Largest Jump in Nation
LAS VEGAS, NV – A new report indicates that Millennials – individuals born between 1981 and 1996 – have experienced a huge increase in homeownership – as opposed to renting – showing a large spike in 2022 and a 64 percent jump overall within the past five years. Las Vegas in particular is considered one of the epicenters of this phenomena, with the city currently showing the second largest increase in Millennial home ownership nationwide.
According to a study that examined the top 50 metropolitan areas in the United States, over the past five years Las Vegas has shown a 158 percent increase in the number of Millennials who own homes, which is second to only Richmond, Virginia, which registered a 234 percent increase.
However, despite the huge boost, the study showed that older generations still account for the lion’s share of homeownership in Las Vegas when compared to Millennials. Overall, Millennials and Generation Xers – individuals in their mid 40s to late 50s – account for approximately 28 percent of all homeowners in Las Vegas, trailing behind Baby Boomers – those in their late 50s to mid 70s – by 12 percentage points.
Generation Z – ranging from preteens to those in their mid 20s – makes up approximately 5 percent of all homeowners in Las Vegas.
Reports indicate the explanation for this recent explosion in Millennial home ownership can be attributed to several factors; for example, the median income for this particular generation has increased 44 percent since 2017, the largest jump amongst all generations in that period of time.
In addition, many Millennials moved back in with parents during the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing them to save money at a much greater rate than when they were renting; many also received financial assistance from family members for down payments on homes, the report says.
These factors helped to counter the many roadblocks Millennials had experienced which had previously been preventing them from purchasing homes, such as heavy student loan debt and high housing prices.
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