Property Millennials are poorer and own less property than previous generations, despite having more education

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Millennials are struggling to meet key markers of traditional adulthood, such as marriage, children, and home ownership, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. Millennial households, when adjusted for inflation, had an average net worth in 2016 that was nearly 40% less than Gen X households in 2001, and around 20% less than baby boomer households in 1989. When it came to wages, baby boomer men who worked full time and were heads of households earned 27% more than millennial men, while Gen X men earned 18% more, when adjusted for inflation. For women, 24% of baby boomers and 12% of Gen X women had higher incomes. In 2016, around one third of millennials owned homes, compared to 50% of Gen Xers in 2001, and just under half of baby boomers in 1989. Visit INSIDER’s homepage for more stories. Millennials, those born between 1981 and 1996, are struggling to meet key markers of traditional adulthood, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. Despite being better educated than previous generations, millennials are poorer, own less property, and have lower marriage rates and fewer children — the cost of the crushing financial crisis and recession that hit as many were just entering the workforce. More than half of the 72 million millennials in the US are now in their 30s, with the oldest turning 38 this year. As noted by the Journal, and according to new data, “millennials may never catch up with the generations of Americans that preceded them.” Read more: American millennials have less money than other generations did at their age — but studies show an alarming amount of them have delusional ideas about their wealth For example, Christoper Kurz, an economist at the Federal Reserve, found that in 2016, millennial households, when adjusted for inflation, had an average net worth that was nearly 40% less than Gen X households in 2001, and around 20% less than baby boomer households in 1989. Kurz analyzed income, debt, asset, and consumption data to compare millennials with Gen X and baby boomers at similar points of their lives. When it came to wages, and also adjusted for inflation, baby boomer men who worked full time and were heads of households earned 27% more than millennial men, while Gen X men earned 18% more. For women, 24% of baby boomers and 12% of Gen X women had higher incomes. Millennials are also bucking the trend on home ownership, Kurz found. In 2016, around one third of millennials owned homes, compared to 50% of Gen Xers in 2001, and just under half of baby boomers in 1989. As Business Insider previously reported, homes are more expensive and it’s difficult for millennials to take out a mortgage with mounting student loan debt. The average student-loan balance for millennials in 2017 was more than twice the average that Gen Xers owed in 2004, Kurtz told the Journal. According to a 2018 report by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and as of 2016, millennials born in the 1980s had wealth levels 34% less than what they likely would have been making if the financial crisis never hit. The report added that those born during that decade are at greatest risk of becoming a “lost generation” for wealth accumulation. A report by the Federal Reserve also found that while “millennials are more racially diverse, more educated, and more likely to have deferred marriage,” they are “less well off than members of earlier generations when they were young, with lower earnings, fewer assets, and less wealth. Till von Wachter, an economics professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, told the Journal that the effects of entering the workforce during a downtown will “have health and lifestyle consequences well into middle-age.” Read more: Millennials have less money than any other generation did at their age — but you’d never guess it from the way they’re flaunting their money on dating apps Here’s the pitch deck that raised millions for 2 ex Googlers whose startup helps new millennial parents find childcare Millennials think they know how much money it takes to be considered wealthy, and it’s well over $1 million

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