Millennials have been stereotyped as a generation that lacks savings or money management skills. But the data isn’t backing that up.
Sixteen percent of millennials ages 23 to 37 have $100,000 or more in savings, which is double the number of young people who had that much stowed away in 2015, a newly released survey from Bank of America shows. Nearly half—or 47 percent—have $15,000 saved, up from 33 percent in 2015.
“Despite stereotype of millennials as being foolish with money and not long-term planners,” they are behaving very responsibly when it comes to managing their money, says Andrew Plepler, global head of environmental, social, and governance at Bank of America. “They deserve more credit. Millennials are actually doing better than you—and they—might think.”
Millennials came of age during the Great Recession and the financial crisis. They’ve faced high levels of student loan debt. But still, the survey shows that many are getting their financial lives in order, and home buying is increasingly on their to-do list.
Sixty-three percent of millennials surveyed say they are saving, compared to 64 percent of Generation X and 75 percent of baby boomers. Fifty-four percent of millennials say they have a budget; 60 percent say they “feel financially secure.”