It may not be a good thing that homeownership rates are increasing among single women.
Wall Street Journal contributor Kate Bolick says owning a home most likely isn't worth the emotional and financial investment:
"Buying offers presumed emotional rewards—but at the cost of immobility, lost investment returns and continuing expenses (taxes, insurance, repairs, maintenance), which, for a $300,000 house, add up to $18,000 a year, or $1,500 a month on top of the mortgage payment.”
By contrast, renting offers more pros than cons: greater mobility, no continuing costs, no maintenance responsibilities and investment returns on money not spent on ownership—which could likely cover rent.
Broadly speaking singles, who represent the biggest demographic shift since the baby boom, might do more than married couples to boost the economy, especially when they rent, therefore live, in cities.
Renting an apartment in Mooresville, NC or in other cities and towns, allows singles, both men and women, more control over their money, and more disposable income, which they can spend in their community which helps the local economy.
As young professionals who are under 30 continue renting in urban areas, they're bringing the sort of purchasing power that communities can only dream of.