Understanding the Gen Y gender gap

Demographics hold clues to real estate divide

Most real estate professionals are aware that Millennials as a group are more tech-savvy and diverse than their forebearers. They are also fond of suburbs, and a sense of community is important to them. For demographers, these young 20-somethings are endlessly fascinating for another reason, however: the Gen Y gender gap.

In the average metropolitan market, single women in their 20s are earning 105 percent of what their single male counterparts are bringing in, according to James Chung, a speaker at this week’s Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) in San Francisco.