Millennials, those who are born between 1981 and 1996, are known to be confident, self-expressive, liberal, upbeat and more open and adaptive to change compared to older generations. As such, it’s not surprising to see that they are looking to pack their bags and move to a different city, with Zillow reporting that close to one in two millennials – more than 45% – had lived in their current home for fewer than two years. Aside from demographic changes, being more likely to rent properties than buy them, has also made it easier for millennials to be more mobile and explore new cities.
The key characteristics that attract them to cities seem to be affordability, walkability, good job opportunities, lots of public establishments, and the availability of multiple transportation options. And if you’re a millennial wondering which places other millennials would like to move to or are already calling home, here are the four best cities in the United States for millennials:
First on our list is Denver, Colorado, for its very high quality of life. The city is home to a plethora of interesting businesses, restaurants, entertainment, and people. Millennials who love to see beautiful mountain landscapes, experience high profile events, and enjoy outdoor activities, from skiing to hiking, will love the Mile High City. In addition, a lot of millennials have moved to the city because Colorado offers a wealth of career opportunities, with competitive pay and great benefits. It’s also no surprise that about 38% of the entrepreneurs in the Denver metro area are millennials.
The capital of the United States also offers good quality of life and a strong job market. It’s a beautiful city with a gorgeous canvas that comes naturally with a lot of great outdoor activities like fishing, kayaking and surfing. Millennials who want to start a business in the city will also find that the process is relatively simple, and that there’s ample government support. Although registering an LLC in D.C. will take anywhere from five to seven business days, there are options to expedite the process, cutting that time down to 24 to 48 hours. And if you’re launching a tech startup in D.C., there’s even better local support, as there are several incubators, meetups, and spaces throughout the state.
Arlington is another great place for millennials, especially those planning to have a family in the future. It’s a very clean city with a low crime rate that is dedicated to producing less waste and providing quality education. It boasts a proud military history and is home to the Pentagon, the Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and the United States Air Force Memorial. Just like the other cities on this list, it also offers huge job opportunities. And if you’ve been trying to have a healthier lifestyle, Arlington also provides many healthy food restaurants, amazing trails, and a lot of boutiques and traditional gyms. Plus, if you’re a foodie, it’s only about an hour’s drive from some great restaurants in Virginia Beach.
Ohio’s capital, Columbus, rounds up our list of best American cities for millennials. The city’s housing prices are generally more reasonable than in many other large U.S. cities. It’s a beautiful city that has friendly and trendy neighborhoods, hundreds of beautiful parks, a great nightlife scene, and fun attractions, like the LEGOLAND Discovery Center and Columbus Museum of Art. Millennials will be pleased to know that there are several amazing festivals in Columbus, which are some of the biggest and best in the Midwest. Lastly, the city has a low cost of living, notably in categories like healthcare, housing, and utilities, and also a strong diverse job market.