Survey Conducted by CNBC Make It in Partnership with The Harris Poll Examines Financial Behaviors of Older Millennials
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., March 29, 2021 – As millennials begin to turn 40 this year, CNBC Make It, in partnership with The Harris Poll, created the "Middle-Aged Millennial" survey, which examines the financial behavior of 1,000 American millennials ages 33 to 40. The survey looks at how millennials have grown into adulthood by covering a wide range of topics such as homeownership, debt, children, health care, social justice, and technology.
While much of this generation has begun celebrating huge milestones – buying homes, paying off debt, raising children and saving for retirement – the road to get there has been far from easy. Millennials came of age in the height of a recession, and just as they were finally getting their footing, the world was upended by the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent economic fallout.
Despite commonly being referred to as financially irresponsible job hoppers, the survey finds that most older millennials have already achieved one of life's biggest goals (and purchases) – owning a home. Findings from the "Middle-Aged Millennial" survey include:
- 59% of those surveyed own their own home, while 28% rent and 12% live with family members
- The majority of all Black (55%), Hispanic (56%) and white (59%) older millennial respondents say they own their home
- Additionally, 87% of those with a post-graduate degree and 82% of those with a college degree own their home, which is twice as many as those without a college degree who own their home (41%)
- More than half (56%) of older millennials surveyed who own their home say they bought it more than five years ago
- 40% say they have owned their home between one and five years
- 5% say they bought their home within the last year
- Most respondents say they used a mortgage or cash to help cover the cost of their home
- 20% say they used a credit card to help cover the cost
- 18% say they received help from family members to buy their home
- 10% say they took a loan from their retirement to buy their home
- Credit card debt and job instability were among the top reasons respondents say they don't own a home
- 50% of respondents say it is because they don't have enough in savings yet
- 31% say housing is too expensive where they live
- 29% say they don't know where they want to live long term yet
CNBC Make It will publish additional content from the findings of the "Middle-Aged Millennial" survey, including stories about the spending habits of millennials, escaping the paycheck-to-paycheck cycle and the sacrifices many have made to pay off student loan debt, among others.
To learn more about the "Middle-Aged Millennial" and read relevant content from the survey, go to: cnbc.com/make-it/middle-aged-millennials.
This survey was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of CNBC from February 12 to 15, 2021 among 1,000 U.S. adults ages 33 to 40. Results are statistically weighted for age within gender, region, race/ethnicity, household income, education, marital status, and size of household where necessary to align them with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting is also used to adjust for respondents' propensity to be online.
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