Millennials Win: Largest Population of Pet Owners Ever

Posted by Stacey Venzel
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More people own pets than ever before, especially those born before the new millennium.

The number of pet owners is on the rise. But previously, the U.S. baby boomer generation--those born post-World War II between 1946 and 1964--was the highest ranked for pet ownership. Now, it's all about the millennials.

Twenty and thirty-somethings, also called Generation Y or born from 1982 to 2004, now claim 35 percent of all pet owners, according to the American Pet Products Association (APPA). Upwards of 84 million households have a pet, a nearly five percent spike since 2015.

Millennials are now three percent ahead of the baby boomers in pet ownership. However, they're not just taking a liking to cats and dogs. This age group homes more than half of the pet reptile, small animal, and marine aquarium population in the United States.

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The vast majority of pet owners polled by APPA also recognize the mental and physical health benefits of having a pet. Additionally, these owners state that they feel "unconditional love" for the animals they keep.

Members of APPA can receive the one-of-a-kind 600-page survey results with these impressive demographics.

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Millennials Win: Largest Population of Pet Owners Ever