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August 15, 2013

A conversation on millennials and housing

August 15, 2013

Every time a new piece of research about Millennials comes out, my twitter feed blows up.  The fascination with Millennials’ choices about where and how they want to live, how they get around, how they spend their leisure time, and their financial opportunities, is contagious and sometimes hard to follow in the Twitter format.

So last week, with some urging from my Urban Institute colleague Dave Connell, I took this conversation to a new social media platform called Branch and invited folks from both inside and outside of Urban to have a more “long-form” discussion about Millennials’ housing preferences. What ensued was a really interesting exchange with links to new and existing research that I hope you’ll find interesting. (It’s pasted below) We’ve closed the conversation on Branch for now, but I hope that you’ll weigh in using this post’s comments section, and join us for future conversations about Millennials and other hot topics.

Read the full conversation on Branch after the break.


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Thank you for the conversation regarding Millennials - they are fascinating and most important group. On the subject of the timing, it does seem "normal" to say they are delaying decisions about marriage, family and housing. Two of my favorite Millennials are getting married in a few weeks. Both are what I would call young professionals intent on building their careers. Typical remarks are that they have delayed this, and that this is normal for their generation. My parents were married at virtually the same age, "delayed" by depression & war. I believe what is "normal" for Millennials is to be very deliberate about the many decisions they face, including housing and much more. Please check out more on this at my blog: