Jan 23, 2024 - News

Single women are winning Arizona real estate

Share of housing units owned and occupied by single women, 2021
Data: LendingTree; Map: Alice Feng/Axios

Single women own more homes than single men — and overall homeownership is now majority female in Arizona and the United States.

Why it matters: Sixty years ago, women couldn't even get a credit card or a mortgage without a male cosigner.

State of play: Census data shows 12.6% of homes in Arizona are owned by single women, compared with 9.6% by single men.

  • Nationally, single women own roughly 13% of the owner-occupied homes, versus 10.2% by single men.

What they're saying: We're seeing a rise in the number of women homeowners — and a strong shift toward women-led households, Urban Institute researcher Jung Hyun Choi tells Axios.

By the numbers: In 1990, less than a third of U.S. households (married and single) were headed by females. In 2021, the majority (51%) of households reported being female-headed.

  • That increase was mostly driven by married households, Choi says.
  • In married households, 43% claimed to be female-headed in 2021, compared to just 8% in 1990.

Reality check: Opportunity isn't equal. Single Latina and Black women have the lowest homeownership rates of any group in the U.S.

  • "39% of Latinas who are single and live alone owned a home in 2021, compared with close to 62% of non-Hispanic white women in similar circumstances," Axios' Astrid Galván reports.
  • Single women with children also face low homeownership rates compared with other groups, including single men with children, Choi's research shows.
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