1 Best Cities for Millennials in America
- City in Massachusetts
Nearby Resident: Cambridge Massachusetts is a wonderfully vibrant and exciting city. I have lived in the text town over my whole life and I have gone to school and worked there for many years. Cambridge is the home of many colleges, which bring such a wide variety of people to the city which make it incredibly diverse. I really enjoy how many different areas there are in the city, there is something for everyone. Everywhere you turn there are amazing restaurants and shops to explore. Having worked in the school systems in Cambridge they are wonderful, which isn't much of a surprise seeing as though the city is known for their world-class education. I also love how many health-focused stores and restaurants there are as well having areas for outdoor exercise and encouraging bike riding over driving. The only downside to Cambridge is that all of these wonderful qualities make it a rather expensive place to live. However, I love this city and consider it be my home!
- 108,757 Population
2 Best Cities for Millennials in America
- City in California
Current Resident: San Francisco is a wonderful place for sightseeing and food! I love atmosphere and weather. Its pretty easy to get around with public transportation and having everything close by. Some food restaurants are open late night, just in case you crave a late dinner. It’s a very tech savvy place so everything is literally one click away. I would love to see some changes with downtown San Francisco since there are a lot of homeless people on the street. The city should clean up and make more shelters for the homeless and housing for low income people. For the most part, San Francisco is clean, beautiful, and easy to get around.
- 850,282 Population
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- City in Virginia
Current Resident: Arlington is a mixing bowl of job opportunities, people, and fun! There is incredible cuisine from many countries, authentic and delicious! Downtown has many options such as Ballston, Clarendon, Court House, Rosslyn, and more for exquisite restaurants, shopping, and night life. There are lots of trees despite the urban atmosphere. The school system is top in the state. The communities are diverse and offer a short commute into Washington, D.C.!
- 226,092 Population
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- City in Washington
Works Here: I am living here for college. This city is awesome. There are so many diverse food options! If money isn't an issue, you'll never have to eat the same thing twice. The city gives a great sense of community and unity in support of diversity. Seattle is a very environmentally conscious and green city, and the vibrancy of the flora and fauna are stunning. It supports a healthy lifestyle with many biking trails and lanes, great paths for running, and wonderful fresh markets with lots of healthy, balanced foods. If you go to the right grocery stores, the prices are reasonable. It is like most cities- expensive- but has a high minimum wage.
- 668,849 Population
5 Best Cities for Millennials in America
- City in District of Columbia
Current Resident: I have lived in Washington D.C. all of my life and love every minute of it! D.C. can be an expensive city, but it is full of history and good times. Stick to Georgetown if you want to see the creme de la creme of D.C. society. You have the best restaurants, cafes and shopping all along M street. Adam's Morgan is where the young professionals (and interns) go to party and have a good time. You can also stay along Capital Hill near the Senate office buildings for some good local bars and taverns. If you head outside of D.C. such the surrounding neighborhoods in Montgomery County, MD and Old Town, Alexandria, then you find areas full of great restaurants and shopping. The nation's capital also has some pretty awesome museums that include free entrance to all of the Smithsonian's on the National Mall.
- 659,009 Population
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- City in California
Current Resident: Berkeley is a wonderful city full of an interesting, open-minded and intelligent group of people. The city is very culturally diverse and open to accepting anyone from anywhere. The food scene is to die for and if organically grown is what you live by, look no further than Berkeley grocery stores, farmers markets and more. One small down side would be the lack of club life (for the younger folks), there are however many perfectly adequate bars as well a little college student scene on Telegraph Avenue. Overall, I highly recommend living here or going to school here if accepted!
- 118,585 Population
7 Best Cities for Millennials in America
- City in Minnesota
Current Resident: Minneapolis is a growing community with a lot of diversity. Everybody minds themselves and many are "Minnesota nice." Traffic is only heavy on the freeways during rush hour because of out of town commuters, otherwise the roads are very efficient. Bike lanes are established to keep bikers, pedestrians, and drivers safe from collision. This city is really big in the arts which welcome all ages and plenty of brewery's and night life events for strictly adults to enjoy too. Minneapolis is a quaint metropolis that has far less crime than other large cities around the country. One thing to dislike are the roads during snow storms, they are impossible to maneuver through!
- 404,670 Population
8 Best Cities for Millennials in America
- City in Massachusetts
Current Resident: I love the youthful environment because of the presence of several universities. In addition, its historical nature ensure that there is never a dull moment in Boston. It has a variety of restaurants, banks, shopping centers all in walking distance. Boston tends to be pricey and so if you have a family, ensure you can live within your means. Otherwise its a great city!
- 658,279 Population
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- City in Virginia
Current Resident: Alexandria is a beautiful place to live, it has diverseness and has interest for everyone! Alexandria is about a 20 minute drive from D.C., although the traffic will make it seem longer. There are many things to do in Alexandria as well. There is Old town Alexandria and there is a variety of diverse different cultured foods in Old towne . There are big name clothing stores but little local ones too. There are beautiful little gardens and a waterfront that you can sit and enjoy your local ice cream. Alexandria is a great mixture for wanting to live close to the city but having your quiet time and being able to come back to your suburban neighborhoods.
- 151,473 Population
10 Best Cities for Millennials in America
- City in Colorado
Current Resident: Denver provides a space for individuality and diversity. The people here are kind and open-minded. Various marches for social movements are supported by the city. This city supports culture through 1st Friday's, which gives underprivileged people the opportunity to visit art museums for free on the first Friday of every month. Denver also strives to be environmentally progressive with new bike lanes being made weekly! Living in Denver allows for variety in activity and atmosphere. A short, 45 minute drive and you are surrounded by mountain range. There is everything to love about Denver!
- 663,303 Population
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11 Best Cities for Millennials in America
- City in New York
Current Resident: New York City is a great platform for diversity, growth, and creative outlet. It is the cultural Mecca of the world. With the diversity of not only people but of the different locations within Manhattan itself, it proves itself to be quite an adventurous and exiting city for people of every kind. Hang around the Upper West side and experience the rustic and antique architecture of Old New York's past then hop on the train for 15 minutes and you are in Times Square, the heart of New York, go on the train again for 20 minutes and you can visit Brooklyn. There are communities of every type for every person(the LGBT community, artists, activists, clubs, workshops). Anything you want, you can find in New York City. That being said, the negatives are the cost of living, virtually everything is expensive especially in Manhattan, the public transportation system is very slow and some areas including the Bronx are dangerous. Overall it is a great city to be a part of and I am proud of it!
- 8,461,961 Population
12 Best Cities for Millennials in America
- City in Pennsylvania
Current Resident: Pittsburgh is as close to a perfect balance as one can find! World class colleges and universities, a cultural district where patrons can see the symphony, ballet, opera, a broadway show, the public theater and more. Pittsburgh has multiple museums, including the Carnegie Museum, The Andy Warhol Museum and the Mattress Factory. The culinary scene is greatly influenced by generations of ethnic diversity. Families have many options that include the zoo, science center, Children's Museum, Aviary, Ducky Tours, Gateway Clipper Fleet, Sandcastle Water Park and Kennywood amusement park. If you are a sports fan, you have your choice of the Penguins, Steelers and Pirates to keep you entertained. Pittsburgh is an ideal location for families, young professionals and visiting college students alike.
- 305,305 Population
13 Best Cities for Millennials in America
- City in Michigan
Current Resident: I love Ann Arbor! It's a lively city with a small-town feel. Having the University of Michigan down the street creates endless opportunities for concerts, events, and night life. The philanthropic scene is booming and small businesses are everywhere! Everyone here is happy and excited about life, passionate about this city and very environmentally-conscious and involved in the community. It is a truly wonderful place.
- 118,087 Population
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- City in California
Current Resident: The city of Santa Clara has provided our family with many opportunities within the community. The schools within the Santa Clara Unified School District, especially Laurelwood Elementary School, have given our family lifetime friendships and allowed us to become active members within our community. We have been involved in running many events at the local schools such as California History Day, Ice Cream Social, The Nutcracker play and the school's Walk-a-thon fundraiser. To keep our local community together, in 2007 our family started holding an annual Backyard BBQ Talent Show for the local friends and residents. With my rewarding 12 plus years of volunteering in the local schools and hosting local events, I have finally found my true calling, to become an elementary school teacher!
- 122,725 Population
15 Best Cities for Millennials in America
- City in Oregon
Current Resident: I have lived in numerous cities throughout my adult life and I can confidently say that Portland has felt the most like “home” to me. There are so many aspects I am grateful for; the abundance of hiking opportunities within the city limits, the numerous parks, the overall dog friendliness of the city, the walkability of the city along with easy bike access, the mixture of having big city amenities yet quaint and quiet neighborhoods....I could go on and on of the positives Portland has to offer. Did I mention the food?! I love the rule Oregon has that any establishment selling alcohol must offer a full menu...some of the most delicious meals I have had in Portland have come from dive bars!
The only negative That truly stands out is that the highways in Portland and surrounding areas were not built for the population influx that the city has experienced.
- 620,589 Population
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- City in California
Former Resident: Sunnyvale is a family friendly town with a cute mom and pop downtown full of funky restaurants and stores. The newly developed addition to downtown is more modern, with Philz coffee, luxury apartments and Orangetheory Fitness. The Saturday farmer's market is wonderful with friendly vendors and great quality produce, artisan jewelry and the quaint food trucks that have been in attendance for the past 15 years and some newer ones on the foodie fad.
- 149,596 Population
17 Best Cities for Millennials in America
- City in New Jersey
Current Resident: After living here about a year, I've fallen in love with this city! It's just the right mix of city & suburbia. Not too hectic, but definitely walk able & close to everything you need, as well as the city. Public transportation could be better, but it's definitely not unbearable.
- 261,666 Population
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- City in Georgia
Current Resident: I absolutely love living in Sansy Springs, Georgia! I have been here for a little over ten years, and this city has afforded me many opportunities that I otherwise wouldn't have had in the small town that I am from. Sandy Springs has everything a person could need or want in close proximity. I would highly recommend Sandy Springs living to anyone that would be interested. I especially love the sense of community in Sandy Springs. Not to mention the awesome police department that keeps their citizens safe. All in all, there's nothing I can say negatively about Sandy Springs!
- 102,212 Population
19 Best Cities for Millennials in America
- City in Washington
Current Resident: It's such a beautiful city with lots of racial diversity and great public schools. It's known to be quite safe and family friendly, which plenty of parks and little beaches by the lakes. It's close to lakes, mountains, bike trails, and forests - all these Pacific Northwest delights, perfect for the outdoorsy person.
The downside is housing prices are skyrocketing. People living here are more affluent than average - some are even being priced out of the market. Many immigrants (often from Asia) buy real estate here. Many people are very health conscious. The population is increasing and there is lots of construction. Commute times are increasing quickly as well. Job opportunities are good if you have the skills like computer science, engineering, or business because the greater Seattle area has so many tech companies.
- 136,718 Population
20 Best Cities for Millennials in America
- City in Texas
Current Resident: I moved to Austin a year ago and I absolutely love it. The culture, diversity, and healthy focus of the town is inspiring and encouraging. I am a young adult who likes good night life, but also values health and fitness. Austin has everything that I need. It is also easy to meet people here. Everyone has shown to be very friendly and open hearted. Lastly, the town is very conscious of the planet and keeping our earth clean and pollution free. This is also of value to me. Grocery stores do not even use plastic bags. I am very grateful for my time here in Austin and look forward to spending many more years here!
- 907,779 Population
21 Best Cities for Millennials in America
- City in Georgia
Nearby Resident: In Atlanta, there are a lot of things to do such as Georgia Aquarium, Coca-cola Museum, CNN and many more things to do. My personal favorite one was Georgia Aquarium since it has a big building with a lot of amazing animals, and I had a lot of fun every time I visit there. Also, there are a lot of places to eat so if you are hungry, it is easy to go somewhere and have a nice meal. However, there are also some places that I personally do not recommend to go. At downtown Atlanta, there are places that a lot of homeless live on the streets and it is kind of dangerous to go at nights by only yourself. But if you don't walk there at nights, it is pretty safe to walk in days. Despite of that, it is a nice place to visit so if you come to Georgia at any point, I would highly recommend you to go see some attractions in Atlanta!
- 456,378 Population
22 Best Cities for Millennials in America
- City in Illinois
Current Resident: I absolutely love living here! I couldn't imagine living anywhere else. The city is easy to maneuver, has incredibly comprehensive public transportation, and diverse neighborhoods for whatever kind of person you may be. For a major metropolitan area, rent is relatively low as well. Yes, the weather can get quite cold, but it's well worth it to be in a place where something is always happening!
There is also a lot of opportunity for people looking for work, especially recent grads. A lot of start ups are here, which gives a lot of opportunity to find work in a large range of industries. There are a lot of places to look for work, whether you're looking for something full time or temporary.
Summers in Chicago are also a blast! People are so excited for the nice weather that there are a ton of street festivals and outdoor events. The beaches are also quite nice and there are several, whether you're headed to the energetic Oak St. Beach or the more relaxed Montrose Beach.
- 2,714,017 Population
23 Best Cities for Millennials in America
- City in Texas
Current Resident: I moved to Plano about 6 months ago and have had nothing but great experiences. My area is very diverse with pretty friendly people. The grocery stores seem to have better and fresher food, many more choices for dining out, clean neighborhoods and businesses. I enjoy living here and have heard great things about the surrounding schools for my children for when they enroll soon. I don’t see myself moving anytime soon. If I could change anything it would be to have the valet trash available daily in my apartments. They only have two off days so I’m okay with that. I just don’t have anything negative to say right now. Thanks for this opportunity!
- 279,088 Population
24 Best Cities for Millennials in America
- City in Texas
Current Resident: Overall Richardson is a great place to live! many things are changing and being improved around the city. There are only a few things that have changed my perspective of Richardson. I have attended some of the city council meetings and learned that the leaders of this great city are fantastic but do not take into consideration minor details that come with the change, for example they are improving one of the high schools in the districts and did not consider the parking problems that would come with that.
- 108,350 Population
25 Best Cities for Millennials in America
- City in California
Current Resident: Irvine is probably one of the safest, cleanest, and greenest cities in CA (if not, in the US)! It is located in Orange County, so it's really easy to go up to LA area or drive down to San Diego. Irvine is home to a lot of high-ranking schools like the University of California Irvine (UCI), Concordia University, Irvine Valley College, the Orange County Center of the University of Southern California (USC), and campuses of California State University Fullerton (CSUF), University of La Verne, and Pepperdine University. This city is really beautiful with streets dotted with flowers and trees. It is very quiet and all neighborhoods are well-maintained. There's a lot of opportunities for outdoor activities.
- 246,992 Population
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