The impact of millennials' travel behavior on future personal vehicle travel

Steven E. Polzin, Xuehao Chu, Jodi Godfrey

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The millennial generation, born between 1980 and 2000, is exhibiting different travel behavior trends than previous generations, which are shaped by several different yet correlated characteristics such as; place of residence, race/ethnicity, labor force participation, education level, income, living arrangements, lifecycle status, licensure status, vehicle ownership/availability, values, and propensity to substitute technology for travel. Many millennials are living with their parents longer, obtaining drivers licenses at older ages, postponing marriage and procreation, and substituting travel for work and socializing with telecommuting and social media. Millennials are currently shaping the nation's changing demographics, which in turn directly affect future travel behavior trends and their consequences on energy consumption and the environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-65
Number of pages7
JournalEnergy Strategy Reviews
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Millennials
  • Travel behavior
  • Travel demand
  • Vehicle travel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy (miscellaneous)


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