Feb 5, 2024 - News

Why some NWA millennials are moving back home

Share of millennials living with their parents, 2022
Data: U.S. Census via IPUMS; Chart: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

11.2% of Northwest Arkansas millennials lived with their parents in 2022, Axios' Erin Davis reports from the latest census figures.

  • The national average share is 15.8%.

Why it matters: Younger people are increasingly struggling to swing high housing costs and returning to their childhood bedrooms.

  • The number of Americans ages 25–34 living at home has jumped more than 87% in the past two decades, according to census data.

What's happening: Younger generations may be staying home to save on expenses like rent or for a future down payment, says Adina Dragos, research analyst at RentCafe, an apartment-search website.

  • More young adults could also be choosing to care for family members, Dragos tells Axios.

Zoom in: The average selling price for a home in the first half of 2023 was $422,564 in Benton County and $392,306 in Washington County, per the Arvest Skyline report.

  • Average rent was $952.

Reality check: Plunging affordability hasn't stopped some millennials from buying homes, often with family help.

  • Nearly 55% of millennials (ages 27–42) owned a home in 2023, up from 52% in 2022, according to a new Redfin report.
  • Meanwhile, the homeownership rate for adult Gen Z's (ages 19-26) stagnated at just more than 26%.

What we're watching: Those who move out might find rent is a lot more expensive than a few years ago, even as price increases slowed last year.

  • It's one reason renters are feeling badly about their finances, according to the Axios Vibes survey by The Harris Poll.

Go deeper: Multigenerational living is up 1M households in last decade; here are which states

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