Housing Milennials and Baby Boomers in the Suburbs

Authors: Dorothy Ives-Dewey*, West Chester University
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, Land Use, Population Geography
Keywords: Special populations, housing demographics, preferences, millennial preferences in housing
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM
Room: Napoleon C2, Sheraton 3rd Floor
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As the baby boomers and their children, commonly referred to as millennials, become older, planners will have to consider the wants and needs of these burgeoning populations. Housing, transportation, and job prospects are considered as the main contributing factors to how a millennial perceives an area. From rural to urban, a community’s offerings vary, however, this study focuses on the way suburban communities are planning for millennial preferences. Chester County, Pennsylvania is an opportune study area due to its proximity to a major city. This study attempts to first analyze the population composition of a municipalities and townships in respects to the millennial and baby boomer cohorts. Secondly, through a review of the planning implementation, we reveal how one of the communities is planning for these populations.

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