Preliminary data findings suggest a county trending in a new demographic direction.
Suburban areas of Onondaga County have traditionally been dominated by single-family detached home ownership. Early findings illustrate the extent to which traditional homebuying households, including married couple families with children, are on the decline, and the number of elderly homeowners is rising as longtime owners age into their golden years. Furthermore, the majority of suburban household growth has been among renter households, who are living both in housing units built for rental purposes and increasingly in single-family houses that have converted to rentals. Suburban housing markets will need to adapt to this changing demographic landscape.