Have you noticed how different renting is today from one or two decades ago? I think most of us would agree that renters were usually people in their 20s, renting mostly bare-bones dingy apartments with stinky carpeting and peeling windows in poorly-maintained old buildings until they saved enough to buy a place of their own. With some exceptions, this was the profile of the typical renter until recently.
But the newest trends in apartment development are suddenly attracting a new kind of renter. This renter is interested to live in a place that offers a convenient, quality lifestyle, a comfortable living space, a place to exercise, and a place to socialize all-in-one. We were very interested to find out who exactly are these new renters and what motivates them to rent instead of buy.
3 big ways in which the U.S. renter profile has changed
We turned to U.S. Census data to see if it can shed some light on how renting has evolved since 2009 — around the time when the scales started tilting in favor of renting. We looked at changes in the number of renter households by age, education level, and family type.