2017 Best Neighborhoods for Millennials in America

Explore the best neighborhoods 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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    Printers Row

    • Neighborhood in Chicago, IL
    • 1 review
    Former Resident:Diverse, vibrant neighborhood that is super close to the loop. Some of the neighborhood fixtures (bars, bookstores, and historical buildings) give the area a cozy feel but the new apartments and condos and the general diversity of the area also make it feel very vibrant and exciting. Printers Row is literally steps from to the major downtown festivals and events in the summer (e.g., Blues Fest, Taste, Draft Town), and has a huge annual event in its own (LitFest).
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    Murray Hill

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 9 reviews
    Current Resident:Murray Hill neighborhood is filled with people from different cultures, businesses, and living complexes. There's always something to do or somewhere to go such as the grocery store, pizza store, newspaper stand, restaurants, clothing boutique, pharmacy, movie theater, and libraries. Murray Hill feels safe because there’s a sense of community, closure, and security. The mixture of locals, commuters, and tourists enhances the diversity in the neighborhood. The neighborhood is often quiet, but once it hits rush hour during the afternoon and at nighttime, that’s when the streets become the busiest. From all 5 boroughs, I’m glad I chose to live in such a welcoming place.
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    Nolita

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 16 reviews
    Niche User:Since the lack crime, many tourist come to visit and experience the old world architecture with the new world trends collide. The only crime I have witness personally in Soho tends to be done by drunks from nearby bars.
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    Chinatown

    • Neighborhood in Philadelphia, PA
    • 20 reviews
    Niche User:There are two police departments in the area and a fire department in the center of Chinatown.
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    Kips Bay

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 8 reviews
    Niche User:It's very diverse, there are a bunch of things to do.
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    Chelsea

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 55 reviews
    Current Resident:I have moved here, to Chelsea from Western Massachusetts to attend college and I absolutely love this neighborhood! It is kept very clean, is consistently overseen by police officers in the nearby station, and very family-friendly. There are lots of food variety options; everything from your guilty fast food pleasures to organic & vegan choices as well. The streets are very easy to navigate and if you are unsure, there are always residents who are willing to help & answer any questions! It is a bustling, fast-moving community and a great choice for anyone with the similar lifestyle!
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    Gramercy

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 6 reviews
    Former Resident:I lived in Stuyvesant Town and later in Peter Cooper Village and both are fantastic. I loved the area and both provide easy access to express buses uptown and cross town, L at 14th street, and 4,5,6 trains. PCV and Stuyuvesant Town are possibly the best value apartments in the whole city. The grounds around PCV and Stuy Town are wonderful and super dog and family friendly. It's amazing to be able to live in such a quiet, calm area tucked into such a chaotic city.
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    Hell's Kitchen

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 43 reviews
    Niche User:I love living where I do. I live literally five minutes away from almost everything. There's a local library, supermarket, places to shop, movie theater, and many more, all within a few minutes from my home. I love how there is always construction because to me construction is a symbol of improvement and innovation. New York is modernizing everyday for the better. Also, since it is NY it is a tourist attraction. I love witnessing and observing people from all over the world. If I could i'd chose to live here forever.
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    Greenwich Village

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 9 reviews
    Current Resident:I was born into a family that has its roots buried deep into Greenwich Village. My grandfather, Mario Saulig, emigrated to Greenwich Village in 1955 from Italy and my family has lived here ever since. I went to public school in the Village and had a great time. The school was welcoming and friendly. I made friends with many of my neighbors at a young and continue to talk to them even as an 18 year old. I never feel that safety is an issue while in my neighborhood. I have come home well into the morning hours and had no more concern for my safety than if I were coming home at noon. My high school is located in Brooklyn, New York and every time I get off of the subway and see the brown historic district street signs I breath a sign of relief that I am home.
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    Flatiron District

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 3 reviews
    Current Resident:I love the neighborhood. Close to downtown (for going out) and work (midtown). I definitely recommend this neighborhood for someone who is looking for a good central location with a great neighborhood feel.
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    NoHo

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
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    Showplace Square

    • Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA
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    SoHo

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 4 reviews
    Visitor:Simply amazing. If you're coming from out of state and want to see what New York is all about, SoHo is where to go!
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    West Village

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 17 reviews
    Niche User:The West Village is such an incredible neighborhood to live and grow up in. It has changed a lot over the years, the only downside is it's rising costs that make it almost impossible to rent in. However that being said there is lots of things to do and some of the best Italian Restaurants in the city are located in the area. NYU is nearby so there is a great influx of students and the New School also has a few buildings in the area so there is a huge emphasis on the arts. The neighborhood also has a great history and is integral to the beginnings of New York. In the warm weather the Hudson river is a great place to be, and there are lots of little parks to sit in, boutiques to shop at and cafes to meet friends at or do some quiet reading. It's a community and although there are lots of wealthy non- New Yorkers moving in there is still a local newspaper and government of old timers with rent control that aren't going anywhere until they die. A great place to be just wish it was much more affordable.
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    Financial District

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 19 reviews
    Niche User:I love living in the Financial District. I always have access to any part of the city. Almost every subway line stops through Fulton Station. The area is super safe, and I have never felt threatened coming home. There are three grocery stores walking distance, and many give student discounts. It's a younger crowd living in this area because Pace University is right here.
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    Midtown

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 43 reviews
    Niche User:It's a beautiful, very accessible area, with access to 8 subway lines within a one block radius and over 5 different bus lines in the same vicinity. I love the area, I really do - there's shopping, good food available, and the park is right across the street. great for families with kids and pets, but also perfectly suitable for a lone wolf. I'd say the only drawback is the increasing homeless problem...we have our "regular" homeless, but they've gotten rowdier in recent months. Also, the pedicab drivers and bike rental salespeople are the most annoying, invasive people on the planet - and they're EVERYWHERE. on every corner, begging you to come with them and take a pedicab ride or rent a bike. That leads to another big drawback - the tourists. They, too, are everywhere. I hate tourists,so it definitely gets to me. I try to hang around outside towards the evening, when most tourists and pop-up salesmen are gone, and it's emptier, quieter, and an overall much nicer area. At the end of the day though, these are very minor things in the scheme of it all. It's really a wonderful area, and I think I'd still live here if I could do it all over again - it's just so accessible and so full of life and rich with culture - it is very, very New York, in the best way possible.
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    East Village

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 122 reviews
    Former Resident:I lived in the East Village while attending New York University and a year after graduation. There are many downsides to the East Village: for example, the presence of popular destinations such as Union Square and St. Mark's means that the area is often populated. This is not the neighborhood for someone who wishes to get off the subway and walk down quiet streets to his or her home. However, the atmosphere is always vibrant and artistic. There are many wonderful hidden gems in this neighborhood, especially a little further east (1st Ave and on) that doesn't garner as much tourism. The neighborhood has a wonderful sense of diversity. In terms of transportation, living in close proximity to Union Square offered convenient access to the green and yellow lines, as well as the L train. Additionally, there are multiple bus lines that stop in the area.
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    Historic Third Ward

    • Neighborhood in Milwaukee, WI
    • 1 review
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    Theater District

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
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    Yankee Hill

    • Neighborhood in Milwaukee, WI
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    Rincon Hill

    • Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA
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    Regent Square

    • Neighborhood in Pittsburgh, PA
    • 9 reviews
    Niche User:It's not perfect, i.e. it is an urban environment, but things are pretty safe overall.
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    Battery Park City

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 6 reviews
    Current Resident:The parks, the activities, the views , the schools, the convenience, and now the stores and restaurants are all reasons to love BPC. Every neighborhood in NYC may have downsides - you give up something - parks for restaurants or schools for convenience - not in BPC. Love it here!
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    Museum Park

    • Neighborhood in Houston, TX
    • 6 reviews
    Niche User:The atmosphere in this neighborhood is quiet. They make some noise every now and then when it's a party of some sort is going on, but that's about it. It's a college neighborhood because it's located between two universities. But overall it's cool.
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    Cabbagetown

    • Neighborhood in Atlanta, GA
    • 3 reviews