States appealing to millennials on the move
Despite skyrocketing costs of living and occasionally overcrowded living conditions, states like California, Michigan, and New York are still popular destinations for millennials on the move. But one state managed to beat them all for the highest percentage of millennial newcomers in 2016: Minnesota. It might get more than a little cold in this Midwest region, but Minnesota’s position as one of the best states in America for quality of life, a booming economic climate, and a strong metropolitan scene made it the premier destination for millennials in 2016. Louisiana, Wisconsin, and Ohio also ranked among the most popular states for millennials recently willing to relocate.
A different type of city life
The go-to cities and states for millennials looking for job opportunities, community atmosphere, and even the scenic outdoors aren’t exclusive to a select number of overpriced locations. In reality, every corner of the country has its own pockets of younger residents who’ve helped imbue the best parts of urban life. Places like Sunnyvale, California (home to tech giants like Google and Facebook), still accounted for a vast majority of millennial relocations on the West Coast, but in the South, it’s a different situation. More than 70 percent of newcomers to Arlington, Virginia, were millennials in 2016, followed by nearly 65 percent in Newport News, Virginia, and over 61 percent in Norfolk. Virginia offers new residents plenty of opportunity for booming locals due to its quality of life and positive business growth. New Haven, Connecticut, saw more millennial movement than Boston or Jersey City, and Madison, Wisconsin, proved more popular than Minneapolis, Cincinnati, or Chicago.
If there’s one industry that’s had a profound impact on migration patterns—it’s technology. While the cities and states enjoying a positive influx of residents and employees have continued to expand, even immigration into the U.S. is owed in a large part to the availability of tech jobs in popular regions. Millennials coming from outside the U.S. were more likely to land in Berkeley, California, than any other city in 2016. Berkeley—home to the University of California—is just steps away from Silicon Valley. Nearly 74 percent of new international residents moving to Berkeley were millennials. Tempe, Arizona; Omaha, Nebraska; and Durham, North Carolina, saw similar migration patterns from millennials in 2016.
Settling in, not settling down
Millennials may not be moving as often as generations before them, but they know having the best job opportunities can mean being willing to relocate—sometimes thousands of miles away. Instead of flocking to major metropolitan areas where the cost of living has exploded, though, young people are finding their urban communities in new and surprising locations. Cities like Omaha, Nebraska; Madison, Wisconsin; and Greensboro, North Carolina, are attracting millennials on the move and could eventually beat out cities like San Francisco and Chicago as go-to destinations for life and opportunity. Whether you’re just settling in or finally settling down, let Porch help you make your new house feel like a home. With our Home Assistant, you’ll have a personal support team available 24/7 to help you tackle your to-do list. By connecting you with our Porch Services pros or someone from the Porch Pro Network, you’ll have assistance for every kind of job—from replacing a window to mounting your new TV—when you need it. Learn more by visiting Porch now. This article originally appeared here.