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RELEASE: Survey of Millennials Inside the Belltway Report Released by ULI Washington

ULI Washington released a survey report titled Millennials Inside the Beltway: Committed Urbanists.  This report was discussed at an event in early November by a panel of Millennials who discussed their lifestyle choices and their experience living in the Washington, DC region.  Copies of the report are now available at this link.

The survey reports on the ULI Washington update of its survey of Millennials living inside the Beltway that was originally conducted in 2015.  The question this time is:  how much difference does three years make in the lifestyles and attitudes of Washington’s Millennial residents?  The answer is:  surprisingly little.  Yes, they are older; yes, a higher share is married or partnered; and yes, homeownership is up.  However, the District of Columbia and the suburbs inside the Beltway are not at imminent risk of losing their Millennials:  one-half of our survey respondents “love D.C. and plan to stay forever.”  Those in their mid-to-late-30s are even more likely to remain.


The survey presents a comprehensive view of Millennials living within the Beltway, their housing circumstances, and their attitudes towards living in the District and its adjacent suburbs.  Of the 1,369 respondents, 62% live in the District of Columbia and 38% are in selected Virginia and Maryland zip codes inside the Beltway.  This is a “survey of the willing” rather than a representative sample of 23-40-year-olds dwelling inside the Beltway.  Though not statistically representative, the survey results are both intuitively credible and in sync with the 2015 findings.


For more information Lisa.Rother@uli.org or 202-506-0482.


About ULI Washington


ULI Washington is a district council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), a nonprofit education and research organization supported by its members. ULI’s mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. ULI Washington carries out the ULI mission locally by sharing best practices, building consensus, and advancing solutions through educational programs and community outreach initiatives. For more information, visit www.washington.uli.org.
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