Columbus Now has More Renters than Homeowners

According to a recent Columbus Business First article citing a RentCafe analysis of census data, Columbus has about 462,144 renters vs 376,953 homeowners – a 15% drop in homeownership over the last decade.

so much construction in and around downtown Columbus!I’m not surprised by this news – first, simply because taking a look around Columbus you see nothing but apartment construction cranes dominating the skyline as thousands of new apartments come online this year and simply not enough new home building happening in Central Ohio (especially for first time homebuyers).

Second though, contrary to the article mentioned, I do think that there has been a paradigm shift in attitudes toward homeownership over the last ten years. I think that the ideal of homeownership as part and parcel of the American Dream mythology has faded in importance. Some of this may have been due to the most recent recession, but as the world becomes more and more global and the idea of ‘home’ becomes, in my opinion, less fixed, people are more concerned about the idea of being tied down to a home and missing opportunities and experiences because of it.

I think this is especially true in the younger demographic who can afford to buy a home but are waiting longer to make that purchase. I think we also see this desire for freedom of mortgages and home maintenance in the empty-nester population who don’t feel that an apartment is a lifestyle downgrade because it gives them that mobile flexibility they want.

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