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Where Are Millennials Buying Homes in the U.S.?

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Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared on Construction Coverage.

According to the National Association of Realtors, the average age of first-time homebuyers is 36 years old, which means that the millennial generation — generally regarded as individuals born between 1981 and 1996 — has reached the stage in their lives where buying a home is often a top priority.

Yet recently, the cost of homeownership has skyrocketed in large part due to an adverse combination of high interest rates and scarce inventory, leaving millennials with a daunting homeownership outlook.

Despite the overall decline in homebuying across the country, millennials still account for the majority of home purchase loans in 2022.

However, millennial home purchasing varies by location.

To determine the locations where millennials are buying homes, researchers at Construction Coverage analyzed the latest data from the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council. See the details of the methodology at the end.

Here are the U.S. metropolitan areas with the most millennial homebuyers.

15. Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh homes
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  • Millennial share of home purchase loans: 64.5%
  • Total millennial home purchase loans: 12,258
  • Median loan amount: $235,000
  • Median loan-to-value ratio: 88.6%
  • Median interest rate: 5.00%

14. Raleigh-Cary, NC

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  • Millennial share of home purchase loans: 64.8%
  • Total millennial home purchase loans: 14,163
  • Median loan amount: $395,000
  • Median loan-to-value ratio: 85.2%
  • Median interest rate: 4.63%

13. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

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  • Millennial share of home purchase loans: 64.9%
  • Total millennial home purchase loans: 53,494
  • Median loan amount: $365,000
  • Median loan-to-value ratio: 84.9%
  • Median interest rate: 4.99%

12. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA

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  • Millennial share of home purchase loans: 64.9%
  • Total millennial home purchase loans: 78,046
  • Median loan amount: $495,000
  • Median loan-to-value ratio: 79.9%
  • Median interest rate: 4.50%

11. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

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  • Millennial share of home purchase loans: 65.2%
  • Total millennial home purchase loans: 39,837
  • Median loan amount: $485,000
  • Median loan-to-value ratio: 85.0%
  • Median interest rate: 4.75%

10. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

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  • Millennial share of home purchase loans: 65.4%
  • Total millennial home purchase loans: 29,552
  • Median loan amount: $325,000
  • Median loan-to-value ratio: 86.4%
  • Median interest rate: 5.00%

9. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD

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  • Millennial share of home purchase loans: 65.4%
  • Total millennial home purchase loans: 34,434
  • Median loan amount: $325,000
  • Median loan-to-value ratio: 84.7%
  • Median interest rate: 4.99%

8. Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY

Buffalo New York homes
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  • Millennial share of home purchase loans: 65.5%
  • Total millennial home purchase loans: 5,378
  • Median loan amount: $215,000
  • Median loan-to-value ratio: 86.0%
  • Median interest rate: 5.00%

7. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH

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  • Millennial share of home purchase loans: 67.0%
  • Total millennial home purchase loans: 27,977
  • Median loan amount: $515,000
  • Median loan-to-value ratio: 80.1%
  • Median interest rate: 4.63%

6. Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City, Utah
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  • Millennial share of home purchase loans: 67.1%
  • Total millennial home purchase loans: 8,355
  • Median loan amount: $455,000
  • Median loan-to-value ratio: 80.7%
  • Median interest rate: 5.00%

5. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

Denver, Colorado
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  • Millennial share of home purchase loans: 67.4%
  • Total millennial home purchase loans: 27,521
  • Median loan amount: $495,000
  • Median loan-to-value ratio: 80.7%
  • Median interest rate: 4.88%

4. Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown, TX

Austin, Texas
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  • Millennial share of home purchase loans: 70.5%
  • Total millennial home purchase loans: 24,505
  • Median loan amount: $425,000
  • Median loan-to-value ratio: 80.7%
  • Median interest rate: 4.88%

3. San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, CA

Homes in San Francisco, California
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  • Millennial share of home purchase loans: 70.6%
  • Total millennial home purchase loans: 24,698
  • Median loan amount: $875,000
  • Median loan-to-value ratio: 79.8%
  • Median interest rate: 4.25%

2. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

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  • Millennial share of home purchase loans: 70.6%
  • Total millennial home purchase loans: 31,416
  • Median loan amount: $615,000
  • Median loan-to-value ratio: 80.1%
  • Median interest rate: 4.75%

1. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

San Jose California
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  • Millennial share of home purchase loans: 74.4%
  • Total millennial home purchase loans: 10,112
  • Median loan amount: $1,065,000
  • Median loan-to-value ratio: 79.7%
  • Median interest rate: 4.10%

Methodology

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The data used in this analysis is from the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council’s 2022 “Home Mortgage Disclosure Act.”

To determine the locations where millennials are buying homes, researchers at Construction Coverage calculated the millennial share of conventional home purchase loans originated in 2022. In the event of a tie, the location with the greater total number of millennial home purchase loans was ranked higher.

Due to limitations in the dataset, the millennial generation was approximated as being ages 25-44 in the year 2022 — the combination of the 25-34 and 35-44 age cohorts.

In a previous version of this analysis, the millennial generation was approximated using only the 25-34 age cohort in 2020 since this best represented the generation at the time.

To improve relevance, only metropolitan areas with at least 100,000 residents were included.

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