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Millennials Most Likely to Live Alone in Richmond and Pittsburgh

Just in time for Independence Day, new Zillow analysis finds 15 percent of Richmond millennials live alone, the highest percentage of all major U.S. metros.

Jun 29, 2016

SEATTLE, June 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- More millennials live alone in Richmond, Va. than in any other major U.S. metro, according to a recent Zillow® analysisi. In Richmond, 15 percent of millennials live alone, followed by 14 percent in Pittsburgh and Buffalo, N.Y.

Across the U.S., almost 9 percent of millennials live alone, a number that's been declining since 2005, likely due to unaffordable rents and rising home prices. Consequently, millennials choose to live with their parents or find roommates.

The percentage of 23-34 year olds living with family increased 46 percent between 2000 and 2013, according to a recent Zillow analysis. Similarly, 21 percent of millennials across the U.S. are still living at home with their momsii, proving that living with friends or family may be one of the ways to afford housing in some of the nation's hottest markets.

There are, however, still places across the U.S. where millennials are living independently. Richmond's strong labor market - employment is up almost 4 percent over the past year - and relatively high incomes among millennials help. The median yearly income among millennials in Richmond is $49,500, which allows them to afford to live in over 15 percent of all rentals in the area.

In Oklahoma City, 13 percent of millennials live on their own, with a median income of $40,000 a year. At this salary, they are able to afford almost 22 percent of homes.

Places with the Greatest Percentage of Millennials Living Independently

Ranking

Metropolitan Area

Percent of
Millennials
Living Alone

Median Income
of Millennials
Living Aloneiii

Share of
Homes
Millennials Can
Afford Aloneiv

YoY
Employment
Growth v

1

Richmond, Va.

15.0%

$               49,500

15.2%

3.6%

2

Pittsburgh

14.3%

$               40,000

17.2%

0.2%

3

Buffalo, N.Y.

14.2%

$               40,000

13.5%

0.6%

4

Columbus, Ohio

14.0%

$               38,800

11.6%

2.1%

5

Virginia Beach, Va.

13.9%

$               50,000

17.6%

1.0%

6

Cleveland

13.9%

$               35,000

6.2%

0.9%

7

New Orleans

13.4%

$               40,000

15.8%

0.6%

8

Austin, Texas

13.4%

$               40,000

1.5%

4.6%

9

Kansas City, Mo.

13.4%

$               40,000

13.2%

1.9%

10

Oklahoma City

13.3%

$               40,000

21.6%

1.2%

"With home prices and rents rising as fast as they are, it's a common assumption that young adults in many cases cannot afford to live alone," said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell. "Though that may be true in some markets, there's still a large number of amazing places across the U.S. that are prime for millennials to thrive independently. These are places where young adults can easily find jobs at a competitive salary, and where housing expenses won't eat up the majority of their income, enabling them to save more."

Home values across the nation are up 5 percent over the past year and rents are up almost 3 percent. Zillow forecasts rents to increase another 3 percent by this time next year, making it difficult for millennials to live on their own.

Metropolitan Area

Percent of
Millennials
Living Alone

Median Income
of Millennials
Living Alone

Share of
Homes
Millennial Can
Afford Alone

YoY
Employment
Growth

United States

8.9%

$               35,000

10.9%

2.0%

New York/Northern New Jersey

9.7%

$               60,000

18.8%

2.0%

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

8.1%

$               50,000

7.8%

2.5%

Chicago, IL

11.1%

$               46,000

6.1%

1.7%

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

11.9%

$               43,000

5.8%

3.8%

Philadelphia, PA

11.4%

$               45,800

8.0%

1.8%

Houston, TX

10.6%

$               45,000

5.2%

1.1%

Washington, DC

11.1%

$               60,000

3.4%

2.1%

Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL

8.1%

$               40,000

15.5%

3.0%

Atlanta, GA

10.9%

$               44,000

14.0%

3.1%

Boston, MA

10.6%

$               57,000

8.0%

1.8%

San Francisco, CA

9.4%

$               66,000

15.7%

3.7%

Detroit, MI

9.4%

$               36,000

1.4%

2.0%

Riverside, CA

6.1%

$               72,000

72.4%

4.0%

Phoenix, AZ

12.3%

$               44,000

5.5%

3.5%

Seattle, WA

13.2%

$               50,000

4.7%

3.1%

Minneapolis-St Paul, MN

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

San Diego, CA

10.4%

$               66,000

28.2%

3.0%

St. Louis, MO

12.0%

$               36,800

3.7%

1.8%

Tampa, FL

11.5%

$               35,000

7.3%

3.3%

Baltimore, MD

10.8%

$               55,000

8.8%

1.6%

Denver, CO

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Pittsburgh, PA

14.3%

$               40,000

17.2%

0.2%

Portland, OR

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Charlotte, NC

11.9%

$               40,000

7.2%

3.3%

Sacramento, CA

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

San Antonio, TX

10.7%

$               48,000

28.0%

2.9%

Orlando, FL

10.8%

$               35,000

5.4%

4.4%

Cincinnati, OH

12.2%

$               35,000

2.6%

1.7%

Cleveland, OH

13.9%

$               35,000

6.2%

0.9%

Las Vegas, NV

11.1%

$               36,300

3.3%

3.1%

Columbus, OH

14.0%

$               38,800

11.6%

2.1%

Indianapolis, IN

11.6%

$               40,000

19.5%

2.3%

San Jose, CA

6.5%

$               75,000

6.5%

4.1%

Austin, TX

13.4%

$               40,000

1.5%

4.6%

Virginia Beach, VA

13.9%

$               50,000

17.6%

1.0%

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i Zillow analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data from the American Community Survey from 2014. Made available by the University of Minnesota, IPUMS-USA.

ii Research from a Zillow analysis on the percent of millennials living at home with their mom, found here.

iii Income data is from the American Community Survey, 2014.

iv Calculated using the median income of millennials living alone and 2015 Q4 Zillow data on rental affordability.

v Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics.

 

SOURCE Zillow

For further information: Jordyn Lee, Zillow, press@zillow.com