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It appears Charm City has charmed many members of Generation Z as Baltimore ranked 16th among cities that saw the greatest rise in “Gen Z” renters in 2021, according to a study by apartment search and rental payment platform RentCafe.

RentCafe analyzed 3.2 million rental applications from January-October 2021 and January-October 2020, sourced from RentGrow Inc. Gen Z is defined as people born between 1997 and 2012.

The study found Baltimore experienced a 35% increase in the percentage of “Zoomers” who moved into a new apartment in 2021.

Gen Z accounted for 29% of Baltimore’s renters in 2021, an increase from 21% in 2020.

Glen Burnie, Maryland, located to Baltimore’s south, saw a 33% increase in its percentage of Gen Z renters, earning it a 19th place ranking.

In 2021, Zoomers accounted for 24% of Glen Burnie’s renters. That’s up from 18% in 2020.

Across Maryland, rental applications by Gen Z apartment seekers rose by 26%. About a quarter of Maryland renters are Zoomers, while about half are Millennials, born between 1981 and 1996.

Nationwide, the share of Zoomers seeking apartments increased by 21%. Meanwhile, there was a decline in the share of Millenials (8% decrease); Gen X, born between 1965 and 1980 (2% decrease); and Baby Boomers and other generations born before 1965 (5% decrease).

San Francisco, California saw the largest increase of Gen Z apartment seekers, from 11% in 2020 to 21% in 2021 – a 101% increase.

Despite their notable increases in their respective shares of Zoomer renters, neither Baltimore nor Glen Burnie made it into the top 20 cities for total percentage of Gen Z renters. Davis, California topped that list, with 69% of renters being Gen Z.

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Marcus Dieterle

Marcus Dieterle is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore in 2020 after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Md. He can be reached at