Many millennials today are coming out of school with aspirations to enter tech and other growing industries. The need to find the best city to fit their employment needs, one that they can enjoy themselves at, and grow internally in is of high importance. We consider millennials as those born between 1980-1998. Nightlife, job opportunities, and median age are factors for these statistics. By combining these factors, we were able to come up with the list of 10 best cities for millennials for 2019.
1. Cambridge, MA
The number one spot on the list goes to Cambridge for an array of reasons. The city has seen immense growth in the technology industry, as corporations and startups look for new, undiscovered hubs of talent around the country. Being home to two of the most prestigious schools in the nation (Harvard and MIT), makes it ideal for young graduates and those looking to find employment in reputable industries and companies. Cambridge is also one of the youngest cities in the country demographically.
2. San Francisco, CA
The influx of tech-related employment and flow of young college graduates makes San Francisco a highly-desired location for Millennials of all ages. The city boasts a plethora of daytime activities, including hiking trails, numerous parks, and simple walks for those looking to explore San Francisco.
3. Arlington, VA
As more corporations start to settle into Arlington, employment opportunities are opening for eager Millennials looking to make their mark. Simultaneously, the growth of business activity has led to the expansion of nightlife activity, as numerous hotspots have emerged in recent years. The outdoor activities for nature-lovers goes without saying in the abundantly-green city.
4. Seattle, WA
Coming second in appeal for Millennials, there is no doubt that the consistently growing job market and abundance of activities has allowed this city to thrive. Seattle is ideal for anybody looking to couple their career-growth with networking opportunities with people their same age range. Proximity to popular workplaces also makes the city ideal for Millennials who don’t want to worry about commuting to work on a regular basis.
5. Washington, DC
Washington DC, as the city, has seen a growth in both public and private sector jobs, it has attracted a younger age group looking to capitalize on new opportunities. With a relatively lower cost of living than many others seen on this list, and being home to renown universities such as Georgetown, American University, Howard University, and George Washington, the city is filled with Millennials looking for employment, and looking to grow in their jobs. If you’re looking for nightlife activity, hotspots such as U-Street, Adams Morgan, and Georgetown are just a few places bustling with people on any given night.
6. Berkley, CA
For quite some time, Berkeley was primarily prized due to its close proximity to the hustle and bustle of San Francisco. Being the home to University of California at Berkeley, and you can see why there is a growing Millennial microcosm taking place. Although still relatively expensive for cost of living, it is significantly more affordable than San Francisco and many other Bay Area cities, while providing an expanding nightlife scene perfect for anybody looking to get out and meet people. It goes without saying that the city also provides a range of outdoor activities, and the cultural diversity makes it easy to stumble upon new things any day of the week.
7. Boston, MA
Being a college city, it is clear that Boston would be considered a top location for Millennials. The economic diversity and strength in key industries is a major reason so many different types of Millennials actually see the benefit of moving to Boston. The historic city has been able to maintain its cultural foundations, but has grown in its diversity and become a cultural hub as well. The city strikes a balance between outdoor activities and nightlife hot spots, and the close proximity of the city makes it ideal for those looking to explore without having to put too much effort into getting places
8. Denver, CO
Looking for the perfect mix of nature-oriented activities and vibrant nightlife? Look no further than the growing hub that is Denver. Millennials are starting to move heavily into Denver, as job growth has been consistent and growing, and the beautiful natural environment is perfect for those who love outdoors activities. Denver has simultaneously grown as a cultural and arts hub of the country, as it is home to popular performing arts centers and arts galleries.
9. New York, NY
When it comes to thinking about best places to live, vibrant lifestyles, and opportunities galore, perhaps one of the first places on the minds of Millennials is New York City. Diversity, creativity, and activity embody the New York atmosphere, and has become a go-to for new graduates in any field of interest to find their way. New York boasts a range of activities and opportunities to explore the city. With everything in such close proximity to one another, and nightlife hot spots on seemingly every corner of the city.
10. Pittsburgh, PA
The city of Pittsburgh is home to popular universities such as the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, and others, making it a hotspot for young graduates. Combined with a low cost of living, it’s clear why flocks of Millennials are migrating to Pittsburgh. The city supports a range of fields and interests, given its diverse economic foundations. This allows young workers in various fields to come into the city and have a decent chance at finding employment in their specializations. In addition to the economic and employment opportunities, Pittsburgh has a nice balance between nightlife hots pots, as well as outdoor nature-oriented activities.
Information obtained from https://www.census.gov/