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The 17 best US cities for millennials to live in after coronavirus

8/2/2020 3:39:00 PM

The 17 best US cities for millennials to live in after coronavirus

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's cut off point for millennials. We then filtered out from our main list the cities that had at least 26.9% of residents in this age cohort, the average share across all metro areas used in our overall ranking.As with our overall national ranking, many of the best cities for younger Americans are located in the Midwest. Fargo, North Dakota, took on the top spot, with 34.6% of residents falling in our target age bracket. The city also offers a relatively high share of jobs that can be done from home, high share of educational attainment, and short weekly commute.

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It is important to note that our ranking was created using data prior to the pandemic. The economic crisis as a result of the coronavirus may change conditions in a city. For instance, State College, Pennsylvania, was the 16th-best city for millennials to move to. This metro area has a high share of people age 25 and over who have at least a bachelor's degree, one of the metrics

found that will help a city quickly bounce back from this pandemic. However, this city may have also been negatively impacted by the closure of college campuses these past few months. Read on to find out the 17 best cities for millennials to move to.

17. Omaha, NebraskaShare of people age 20-39:28.2%About 38.9% of jobs can be done from home in Omaha, the 13th-highest share among metro areas in the Midwest and a higher share than most metro areas. This metro area's cost of living is 7.9% less than the US' cost of living. 

16. State College, PennsylvaniaShare of people age 20-39:35.6%State College was one of the two metro areas in the Northeast region of the US that made the top of our list for millennials. The cost of living in this metro area is close to that of the national average. The school district with the most students enrolled in this metro area also had the 16th-highest total spending per pupil in elementary and secondary public schools of all metro areas, at $18,328 per pupil. 

15. Columbus, IndianaShare of people age 20-39:28.3%Columbus' cost of living is 11.1% lower than the US' cost of living. The metro area also has one of the higher housing affordability scores, where about 79.5% of households spend less than 30% of their income on housing. However, only about 26.3% of jobs can be done from home in this metro area.

14. Iowa City, IowaShare of people age 20-39:36.4%Before the pandemic's negative impact on the economy, Iowa City had an unemployment rate of 2.2%, tied for the sixth lowest rate. This metro area also had the 10th-highest share of people who are at least 25 years old with at least a bachelor's degree, at 49.3%.

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13. Lansing, MichiganShare of people age 20-39:30.0%Lansing's cost of living is 8.8% lower than the US' cost of living. Lansing's school district with the most students enrolled had the 19th-highest total spending per pupil in elementary and secondary public schools in the Midwest, at $14,255 per pupil.

12. Ithaca, New YorkShare of people age 20-39:35.4%Ithaca was one of the two metro areas in the Northeast that made the 17 best places for millennials to move to. That's due to a high share of jobs that can be done from home, at 41.6%, and a high share of people who are at least 25 years old and have high educational attainment, at 51.9%. However, this metro area's cost of living is 5.9% greater than the US' cost of living. 

11. Madison, WisconsinShare of people age 20-39:31.0%This metro area in the Midwest has a high share of residents who are at least 25 years old who have at least a bachelor's degree, at 45.7%. If you are looking to continue working remotely after offices reopen, about 42.6% of jobs could be done from home in Madison, a higher share than most metro areas.

10. Logan, UtahShare of people age 20-39:33.0%Logan's average weekly commute is two hours and 57 minutes, tied for the 16th shortest among all US metro areas. This metro area in the West also has a low population density, at 77.8 people per square mile. The metro also tied for the second-lowest unemployment rate before the coronavirus at 2.0%.

9. Lincoln, NebraskaShare of people age 20-39:31.4%About 39.1% of jobs could be done in this metro area, the 12th-highest share among metro areas in the Midwest. This city also had one of the highest share of people who are at least 25 years old who have at least a bachelor's degree in this region of the US, at 40.6%. Additionally, Lincoln's cost of living is 8.9% lower than the US' cost of living.

8. La Crosse, WisconsinShare of people age 20-39:28.6%In La Crosse, 73.7% of households spend less than 30% of their income on housing, which is higher than the share of most metro areas. It has the seventh-shortest average weekly commute in the Midwest, at two hours and 56 minutes. The school district with the most students enrolled in this metro area has one of the higher total spending levels per pupil in elementary and secondary public schools among all metro areas, at $14,413 per pupil.

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7. Columbia, MissouriShare of people age 20-39:35.4%This Midwest metro area has a large share of people who are at least 25 years old with high educational attainment at 48.4%. Among metro areas in the Midwest, Columbia has the ninth-shortest commute at two hours and 58 minutes. Columbia's cost of living is also 10.7% lower than the US' cost of living. 

6. Bismarck, North DakotaShare of people age 20-39:28.1%Bismarck is great if you are looking to move out of crowded cities because the metro area has a population density of 30.1 people per square mile, the 15th-lowest population density among all US metro areas. Before the coronavirus, this metro area had a low unemployment rate of 2.4%.

5. Des Moines, IowaDes Moines, Iowa, is one of the best cities for millennials to move to next after the pandemic.f11photo/ShutterstockShare of people age 20-39:28.1%If you are looking to continue working remotely after the pandemic, about 42.7% of jobs can be done from home in this metro area, the 17th-highest share among all US metro areas. Des Moines has one of the highest housing affordability scores in the Midwest, where about 74.2% of households spend less than 30% of their income on housing.

4. Ames, IowaShare of people age 20-39:40.7%This Midwestern city's cost of living is 8.5% lower than the US' cost of living. Ames also had the ninth-highest share of residents who are at least 25 years old and have a high educational attainment at 50.7%. Before the economic effects of the pandemic, this city tied for the second-lowest unemployment rate at 2.0%.

3. Champaign, IllinoisShare of people age 20-39:34.0%The school district with the most students enrolled in Champaign had the 20th-highest total spending per pupil in elementary and secondary public schools of all metro areas, at $17,606 per pupil. This Midwest metro area also is among the metro areas in the region with the highest share of jobs that could be done from home at 38.2%. Champaign's cost of living is also 7.8% less than the US'.

2. Bloomington, IllinoisShare of people age 20-39:30.9%Bloomington ranked as the fourth best city in our overall list, and before the pandemic had a pre-coronavirus unemployment rate of 3.2%, close to the national average in February. If you are considering continuing to work from home after offices reopen, about 39.4% of jobs in Fargo can be done from home. 

1. Fargo, North DakotaShare of people age 20-39:34.6%Fargo, which ranked third in our overall list, had a weekly commute to and from work of two hours and 52 minutes, tied for the 10th shortest among metro areas. If you are considering continuing to work remotely after offices reopen, about 37.3% of jobs in Fargo can be done from home. 

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