There are around 71 million millennials in America and in 2019 they are expected to surpass the number of baby boomers. That makes millennials a coveted generation for cities looking to bolster their workforce and tax base. But millennials are notorious for their quixotic preferences and figuring out where they will head to next can be difficult. It’s a worthwhile undertaking though: where millennials decide to move has enormous impact on local markets, from the cost of living to whether or not you will be able to find good avocado toast in your neighborhood.
Census Bureau data was used to find out where millennials are moving. To track millennials’ mobility, we looked at immigration and emigration data for 217 cities.
- Old Dominion is popular – Virginia takes three spots in the top 10. In particular the southeastern portion of the state makes appearances in the top 10.
- Big Apple no more – New York took the bottom spot on this list again. In particular residents seem to be leaving the city to venture into other states. In total around 69,200 residents moved to New York from out of state while nearly 95,000 left the Big Apple for another state.
The States Where Millennials Are Moving
The South makes up most of the states in the top 10. The no. 2 ranking state is Texas, with a net influx of nearly 34,000 millennials, followed by Virginia which gained 18,300 more millennials than it lost.