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2017 Best Cities for Millennials Ranking Methodology

The 2017 Best Cities for Millennials ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of key factors that are meaningful for millennials and young professionals at the city level. This grade takes into account key factors, such as access to bars and restaurants, affordability, and job opportunities, in an attempt to measure the appeal of an area for millennials. Learn where our data comes from.

Factors Considered

FactorDescriptionSourceWeight
Residents 25-34 Years OldPercentage of residents between the ages of 25 and 34.U.S. Census15.0%
Access to BarsA measure of both the proximity (per square mile) and the availability (per capita) of Bars and similar establishments.Niche12.5%
Access to Coffee ShopsA measure of both the proximity (per square mile) and the availability (per capita) of Coffee Shops and similar establishments.Niche12.5%
Access to RestaurantsA measure of both the proximity (per square mile) and the availability (per capita) of Full-Service Restaurants.Niche12.5%
Higher Education RatePercentage of residents who have received a bachelor's degree or higher.U.S. Census12.5%
Cost of Living GradeBased on the consumer price index and access to affordable housing. Niche10.0%
Diversity GradeBased on ethnic, generational and economic diversity. Niche7.5%
Composite Overall ScoreNiche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the overall experience of the place.Self-reported by Niche users5.0%
Crime & Safety GradeBased on violent and property crime rates.Niche5.0%
Percent Change in EmployeesThe percent change in the number of employed individuals from 2011 to 2014 at the county level.U.S. Census5.0%
Millennial NewcomersThe percent of residents between the ages of 25 and 34, who moved into the area within the last year.U.S. Census2.5%

This ranking assesses 228 cities in the U.S. The same methodology is used to produce the Good for Millennials Grade for each ranked city as well as additional places. Statistics are primarily obtained from the U.S. Census and represent the most recent data available.

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