2017 Best Counties for Millennials in America

Explore the best counties for young professionals based on the number of millennial residents, job opportunities, and access to bars, restaurants, and affordable housing. Ranking based on data from the U.S. Census, FBI, BLS, and other sources.

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    Suffolk

    • County in Massachusetts
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    Travis

    • County in Texas
    • 47 reviews
    Niche User:I would recommend anyone to live in this area. Its for the most part, quiet, and not too close but not too far from the city. Thing are getting more and more urban.
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    Durham

    • County in North Carolina
    • 35 reviews
    Current Resident:Durham is a small city. You'll literally see the same faces everywhere. The people are nice. You'll have a lot in common with people around the community, such as attending the same public schools to even attending the same public college. Downtown Durham has a lot of delicious restaurants and cool museums. Nice scenery too!
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    Wake

    • County in North Carolina
    • 2 reviews
    Current Resident:Wake County has a wide variety of opportunities for people of all ages. It has everything from schools, to jobs.
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    Hudson

    • County in New Jersey
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    Mecklenburg

    • County in North Carolina
    • 1 review
    Current Resident:I like my community, its pretty simple there is not to much crime, and its full of great people. I do feel like sometimes people need to come together more not just when things go wrong. Every community could use a little bit more family like love because there is no one that will have your back like family.
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    Hennepin

    • County in Minnesota
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    Fulton

    • County in Georgia
    • 98 reviews
    Current Resident:South Fulton is an outstanding county to live! I enjoyed the school system, the traffic and the departmental conveniences when going grocery shopping. In addition, the crime rate is less minimal than that of Dekalb county and north Fulton.
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    Davidson

    • County in Tennessee
    • 2 reviews
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    Franklin

    • County in Ohio
    • 1 review
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    Ramsey

    • County in Minnesota
    • 1 review
    Current Resident:Great place to live! I have lived in Ramsey county for three years and absoulty love it. The area by the University of St. Thomas and Grand Avenue is full of bars and restaurants, museums, shopping, and literally anything you can think of.
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    Charleston

    • County in South Carolina
    • 50 reviews
    Current Resident:Charleston is a beautiful city with an abundance of charm and history. Situated on the water, it offers awesome beaches and a lovely climate. Since the city is located on a peninsula, it cannot grow but will always stay the same, maneageble size.
    You are also close to other beautiful places such as Savannah and cities in Florida. But, you don't have to leave Charleston to experience sandy beaches, tropical foliage, century old homes and buildings not to mention yummy food. This city is actually known for its cuisine and the downtown area is chock full of great restaurants.
    Charleston is definitely well worth a visit and once you do visit, I bet you'll want to stay!
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    Denton

    • County in Texas
    • 46 reviews
    Current Resident:The people in Denton were very friendly and there was not one single time that we ever had poor customer service at any of the places we stopped in. Our hotel accommodations were great and priced just right for our budget. We would have payed nearly double the price of our room if we stayed in a Dallas hotel. There were so many neat things for us to do and many attractions to see as a family in Denton. The Sky Theater Planetarium was very impressive and entertaining. We spent two days exploring the parks and ranches, and had a great time exploring horse country. My daughter still talks about the mustangs we saw! Each day we woke up we were faced with dozens of things to do, and we ended up only going into Dallas once. The shopping experience in Denton is one I will never forget. The stores were so charming and very unique. Each Denton held our attention all on it's own!
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    Johnson

    • County in Kansas
    • 4 reviews
    Current Resident:I truly have enjoyed living in Johnson county. The roads are always well lit, the streets are always clean, and the crime rates are low. Compared to my temporary residence for college, Topeka, Johnson county gets a hundred stars. I also truly loved the school system, which is ranked pretty high. Overall, Johnson county is a great place to live and one in which I hope to make my future home after graduation.
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    Collin

    • County in Texas
    • 26 reviews
    Current Resident:I have lived in Collin County for about two years now, and it is by far the best county I have lived in! A city in Collin County was even named as the 2nd best place to live in the United States!
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    Cobb

    • County in Georgia
    • 5 reviews
    Current Resident:I have lived in the same house in Kennesaw for all 17 years of my life. All the while sometimes I wish it were quieter or more of a tourist area, overall, it's the perfect blend between the two. Our schools in the area are top notch and are always looking to improve. We also have many different shops, grocers, and other stores around the area to suit everyone's needs. Although this area used to be more rural and quiet, it has quickly become a small hub for growing families amongst others looking for job opportunities.
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    Riley

    • County in Kansas
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    Johnson

    • County in Iowa
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    Howard

    • County in Maryland
    • 71 reviews
    Current Resident:The most striking thing about Howard is how there is so much to do all the time for anyone! The number of activities for all age groups is staggering, so the area is great for children. Also, the diversity within Howard is exceptional, so it's easy to find a connection with a special group of people. Finally, the schools are also amazing from elementary to higher education, providing students with ample opportunities to learn and grow.
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    Cook

    • County in Illinois
    • 4 reviews
    Current Resident:I come from Poland and have been living in the USA for the past two years. The reason why I chose the Cook County to settle in was my family. All my Polish relatives currently living in the USA reside in Cook County. What I like the most about it, is the countless number of opportunities this areas has to offer. I am a college student and education is my top priority right now. Cook County has a lot of good schools and programs. Another thing that I like about Cook County is its diversity and multiculturalism. Being the second-most populous county in the United States, it hosts people from different parts of the World. I know that USA is filled with beautiful places, but I am happy to be living in Cook County and think it is a great place to live.
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    Hamilton

    • County in Indiana
    • 1 review
    Current Resident:Hamilton county in Indiana is a quite, safe, and relaxing place to live. There are different areas where there are many different restaurants and flavors to try. Downtown Carmel is known at the Carmel Art District. You can find sculptures all around the city and try wonderful different types of food.
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    Multnomah

    • County in Oregon
    • 2 reviews
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    Henrico

    • County in Virginia
    • 199 reviews
    Current Resident:Henrico County in Virginia offers diversity through it's public school system, awesome parks for healthy outdoor options and easy commutes through its great roadway system. As a student-athlete, I was fortunate to be able to compete against many of the public high schools in my county. I say fortunate because I believe these schools represent a wide range of ability and talent who I wouldn't normally compete against if I only played in club sports. Also, I love the parks in Henrico - there are many that have water pads for kids to run through when it's hot and working drinking fountains. As a babysitter, these "perks" are very helpful! Finally, as a relatively new driver, I believe you can get anywhere within Henrico in 30 minutes and that includes traffic. As opposed to northern VA or DC, commuting time within the county is insignificant. I love living in Henrico!
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    Fort Bend

    • County in Texas
    • 7 reviews
    Current Resident:I first moved to Fort Bend in 2000 at age 13. While I wasn't comfortable at first, and I've grown to love it, and Ft. Bend county has truly become my home. The weather is still the worst-- it was 81 on Christmas Day-- but after learning how to figure out the commute times and traffic patterns, it isn't an impossibility to get around anymore. I have also come to appreciate the beauty that Sugar Land, Richmond, Rosenberg, and the neighborhoods therein have to offer anyone looking to move here. We have some of the best schools with Fort Bend ISD and Lamar ISD, we have some great community parks (like Oyster Creek Park), we have great restaurants, community centers like Town Square or Brazos Town Square, and overall our cost of living is low compared to available income.

    We have just built a brand new performing arts center, the Smart Financial Center, right in Sugar Land. It will be bringing in some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry in the upcoming years.
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    Dallas

    • County in Texas
    • 138 reviews
    Current Resident:Dallas, Texas is by far one of the best cities I have ever been in. I was born and raised in Dallas but I have traveled a lot. By the time I'm one week away from home, I'm ready to come back. I think my favorite part of this city is its diversity. There are so many different cultures to learn about and many different people to meet! I would definitely recommend people to live here in this awesome city! If there's one thing I could change, it would be the commute, traffic is pretty bad but if you give yourself enough time to get to your destination, you shouldn't have too much trouble!
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