The list of "best cities for millennials" is constant and elusive. But, new research from the Urban Land Institute, reported in TIME that for the first time in recent years, Austin isn't in the top five hottest cities for millennials — and neither is Portland. Some smaller, more suburban cities are still attracting an increased percentage of millennials each year since 2010.
On the list of top 5 of the 25 new best cities for millennials, right now — cities that have actually seen the most relative growth in their population of 25- to 34-year-olds from 2010 to 2015:
A college town chock-full of American history, with white-water rapids flowing through its bustling downtown, Richmond constantly ranks on the US News & World Report list of the Best Places to Live. But for Millennials, it may be the relatively high average annual salary and strong job market (only 4% unemployment) for their age group — combined with the ability to actually afford renting or buying an apartment alone — that have the under-35 crowd flocking to this Virginia city, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.