Millennials in Seattle are on the move. Among the 50 biggest cities in the US, Seattle has the highest percentage of Millennial movers, according to data released by the Census Bureau. The data shows that 36 percent of the city’s 25 to 34-year-olds — more than one in three — have changed homes within the past year.
Nationally, only one-quarter of Millennials have moved within the past year, according to the census data. After age 35, people tend to establish roots with a spouse, a house and kids, and move less frequently.
So why all the moving around in Seattle? The Census Bureau doesn’t offer an analysis of its data, but the Seattle Times took an educated guess. Gene Balk, the FYI guy, looked at how 25 to 34-year-old movers in the Seattle area answered Current Population Survey questions about their motivations for relocation, and compared the current data with the same age group in the previous decade.
He found that Seattle is attracting young tech workers by the thousands every year, but those aren’t the people who are doing the moving. It’s the locals. The data shows that 63 percent of Millennial movers in 2015 (the most recent year available) were already living in Seattle or in greater King County.
Balk discovered that housing issues — cheaper rent, more space, nicer apartments — were the primary reason for 29 percent of young movers from 2010 to 2016, up from 21 percent in the previous decade. With Seattle’s current crazy competitive housing market and rising rents, it’s not too surprising that people are forced to move around.
In the days of yore, many people in Seattle moved for family reasons. But since the influx of newcomers took hold, less people have ties to the area, and thus no incentive to move for family issues. Data shows that family reasons dropped from third to sixth place in the last decade.
Looks like if you’re under 35 and living in Seattle, it’s only a matter of time before you’ll be Moving Out.