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As the generation that prefers an Airbnb to hotels and Uber to driving their own car, millennials are shaking things up and going against the status quo. We aren’t flocking to the suburbs to get married and raise a family; we have different qualifications for the cities we choose to settle in. Millennials want accessibility, job opportunities and trendy restaurants. We find creative ways to afford to live in expensive cities and have no shame in living with our parents at 25-years-old.

According to the US Census report, one third of millennials live with their parents. It comes as no surprise that majority of these young adults live in cities that surround major cities. Millennials cannot afford to work entry-level jobs and pay rent in major cities. The Metropolitan Statistical Areas found the top ten cities where millennials are still living at home:

  1. Miami/Fort Lauderdale/West Palm Beach (44.8%)
  2. Riverside/San Bernardino (44.5%)
  3. New York/Newark/Jersey City (43.8%)
  4. Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim (41.5%),
  5. Philadelphia/Camden/Wilmington (41.0%)
  6. Detroit/Warren/Dearborn (40.0%)
  7. Chicago/Naperville, Elgin (39.1%)
  8. Providence/Warwick (38.7%)
  9. Baltimore/Columbia/Towson (36.9%)
  10. Cleveland/Elyria with 36.4%.
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Other millennials are ditching the big cities and have moved to up-and-coming cities that still fulfill all of their needs. New York City, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, CA have some of the highest rent quotes in the country, and although many millennials bite the bullet to drop close to 75% of their salary on rent; others have found gems in smaller cities.  For example, The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce took into consideration what millennials look for in an ideal city and have extended a new light rail, developed more local restaurants, and improved shopping centers to become more attractive to millennials. As a result these cities have seen a 16% increase of millennials within the last five years. Here are some other smaller cities that millennials are moving to:

  1. Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
  2. Richmond, VA
  3. Riverside-San Bernadino-Ontario, CA
  4. Memphis, TN-MS-AR
  5. New Orleans-Metairie, LA
  6. Austin-Round Rock, TX
  7. Pittsburgh, PA
  8. Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
  9. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH
  10. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

All in all, young adults may love their avocado toast, are not into buying houses, and prefer entrepreneurship over working at the same company for decades; however, when it comes to choosing somewhere to live our needs do not differ greatly from our parents. While some choose to live with their parents in order to chase their dream job in a big city, others move to smaller cities where the rent is cheaper. Some pile into small apartments in big cities in order to afford rent and repaying student loans, while other live on the outskirts to save a few pennies. In the words of the famous singer and songwriter Trey Songz, we all live by the same motto: “Just gotta make it.”

Written By: Danielle Pearman, @DannieonAir


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