Top 5 Cities Millennials Are Moving To

Millennials want to live in cities with great job opportunities, an abundance of things to do and people their age to do them with. Niche ranked US cities on several key factors, including affordability, walkability, job opportunities, safety and access to restaurants, bars and coffee shops. Here are the top 5 cities for millennials according to their data. 

Cambridge, MA

Home to a plethora of universities, parks, bars and restaurants, Cambridge is an ideal location for millennials. With a population around 115,000 people, Cambridge residents enjoy living right outside of Boston with (slightly) cheaper home prices and quieter neighborhoods. 

  • Percentage of millennial population: 28%
  • Median home value: $719,300
  • Median rent: $2,071


San Francisco, CA

Millennials have a soft spot for San Francisco. From a thriving tech industry to quirky bars and restaurants, San Francisco attracts both techies and artists. With an array of diverse events happening throughout the year, unique experiences in San Francisco are plentiful. That said, it’s important to note that moving to, and living in, San Francisco is not without its challenges. According to U.S. Census data from 2013-17, families making more than $100,000 per year are moving here at a much faster rate than those making under $60,000 a year. Why? Because it’s a rather cost prohibitive locale.

  • Percentage of millennial population: 23%
  • Median home value: $1,009,500
  • Median rent: $1,805


Washington, D.C.

Whether you’re in search of a bike-friendly city or mountain ranges, Washington, D.C. is the perfect mix of big city living coupled with southern charm. With an incredible public transportation system, clean streets, plenty of nature and ample job opportunities, millennials swarm to our nation’s capital. 

  • Percentage of millennial population: 23%
  • Median home value: $568,400
  • Median rent: $1,487


Seattle, WA

An environmentally friendly city surrounded by lush forests, millennials flock to Seattle for its booming job market, outdoor adventures and quality of living. Seattle summers are also incredible — with warm days, low humidity and spectacular views of Mount Rainier and the ocean.

  • Percentage of millennial population: 23%
  • Median home value: $605,200
  • Median rent: $1,496


Arlington, VA

Located right outside of our nation’s capital, Arlington has a great public transportation system, an abundance of jobs, plenty of outdoor spaces and diverse food options. Home to the Pentagon and numerous other government agencies, Arlington, VA continues to attract millennials interested in state, federal and local government. 

  • Percentage of millennial population: 25%
  • Median home value: $669,400
  • Median rent: $1,936


Whether they’re in search of new career opportunities or communities of like-minded people, millennials are moving to cities with diverse job options and an abundance of activities.


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