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
Former Resident: San Francisco is filled with different neighborhoods which includes the Marina, Pacific Heights, North Beach, Castro and it goes on. San Francisco is diverse and beautiful. Each neighborhood has its own aspects. Union Square (downtown) is filled with job opportunities. Fairly easy to get a job out here.
North of San Francisco is also filled with job opportunities but is probably the most family friendly areas in San Francisco. There's the Marina which contains the beach, Crissy Fields, etc. Pacific Heights, known for its beautiful parks. Fisherman's Wharf is also family friendly where you can visit animals, ride a carousel, enjoy a penny arcade, etc.
For the college students, after classes you want to go out on the town? The Vision, Soma, and Sunset, are the best neighborhoods to go!
Although it's pretty expensive to live in San Francisco, they have easy public transportation, save money, it's a great place for all ages, it's diverse, and equal opportunities for everyone.
- 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
Current Resident: A great city to live in! Wealth of job opportunities in the tech sector,many different neighborhoods to explore, great bars & selection of food, especially if you're into health-conscious options. Easy access to outdoor activities. People are chill and laid-back and summers are the best here. No state income tax.
Cons: Housing market is hot right now (as of Dec-2017) and rents increase every year, but there are deals - you'll just need to look thoroughly. As a Seattle area local, the "Seattle Freeze" is real - it's hard to connect with new people and social circles are tightly knit, especially locals. People are polite, but not nice to you. Diversity seems to be segmented by neighborhood - the white "liberal" tech hipster archetype seems to be omnipresent. You can get by without a car, but it'll be inconvenient a lot of times - drivers tend to be very passive.
- 668,849 Population
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- 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: I moved here from Houston, Texas where you need a car to get everywhere. At first, the city does provide a bit of a culture shock because people are so eccentric, and almost too friendly! Over time though, this feeling wears off and you realize how invitng the people fo the city are. The city itself has wonders of food and entertainment for those keen on local treats. The amount of cultural food is absolutely insane and more diverse than any other city I have been to. Unfortunately, the only downside is that the cost of a house of apartment is extraordinarily high. Your best bet is t live near the outskirts of Berekley, away from campus. With this in mind, the bike safety rules are super strict and commutng via bike is safer than any oter city I have visited.
- 118,585 Population
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- City in Minnesota
Current Resident: Looking a place where everyone is welcomed? Then, jot down Minneapolis on your list 'cause you don't want to miss all the fun up here! However, if you really hate winter and all the misfortunes that come with it then drop by the other seasons. OR bundle up before you get here in the winter. Diversity is the core of this city. During the summertime, you will get to see what makes this city beautiful. You will get to know everyone and almost everything that is great about Minneapolis. I personally like camping, canoeing, and finishing down the Missippi River during the summer. Come by and discover the wonders of Minneapolis.
- 404,670 Population
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- City in Massachusetts
Visitor: For the past 20 years, I have enjoyed visiting Boston from my original home in New Hampshire, and now, from my home in central Maine. As a native New Yorker, I love the hometown atmosphere, helpful people, ease of public transportation, and the cultural diversity. From late summer 20 16, I have spent weeks and months at a time seeking medical treatment in Boston. I have found the taxi drivers, police, and people on the streets to be kind and supportive, offering assistance as well as clear directions. I also love Chinatown, with fantastic herb stores, gift shops and authentic restaurants. I'm going back to Boston for follow-up appointments, and I am looking forward to spending more time in this wonderful 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
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- City in Colorado
Current Resident: Denver is an amazing place to live. It has beautiful weather-with more sun than San Diego- and it allows residents access to the outdoors as well as fun city life. There is much outdoor recreation nearby like hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, and camping, and there is great food, beer, coffee, and nightlife to experience in the city. The culture encourages kind, genuine, and healthy people who care about community and the overall well-being of both people and the environment. Denver is an outstanding city with much to offer...come check it out!
- 663,303 Population
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11 Best Cities for Millennials in America
- City in New York
Current Resident: The people are great, warm and fun (contrary to popular mythology!). If you're bored, turn around, there's always something happening. Broadway offers incredible shows and if you're a student you can get amazing discounts. We have some of the finest museums in the world, and if that's not enough the people watching is incredible. You can sit on a park bench and be thoroughly entertained. Whoever said NY is expensive doesn't know NY - sure it can be. But we have cheap eats and $$$$ food - there's a gathering of food trucks in Williamsburgh that will knock your socks off every weekend - great food for under $10! You name it, you can find it here, come on see for yourself!
- 8,461,961 Population
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- 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
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- City in Michigan
Current Resident: Ann Arbor is an amazing town to live in. My overall experience has been a very good one. Having grown up here in Ann Arbor, and now being a college graduate from Michigan State University, I was able to experience all the great events and activities thrown by the city. The art fair in July is one of my favorites, even though its always brutally hot, its amazing to see the amount of artists as well as beautiful and very interesting pieces of art. I feel that it represents the city as a whole; Ann Arbor is a very whimsical supportive place to live in and i've loved every moment of it!
I gave it 4 stars, not 5, only because like most great cities...theyre great yea but they are also not perfect. There is crime in Ann Arbor and sometimes not all agree and fights and protests occur, especially due to the University of Michigan Students who are sharing the city.
Overall great music, food, bars, drinks, and town
- 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
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- City in Oregon
Current Resident: I have enjoyed living in Portland in college. I have been able to find relatively affordable housing. The cost of living is very manageable, and I have access to healthy and fresh foods at the grocery stores near me. Food and restaurant culture here is fantastic and everyone will find something that they like. I have always felt safe, as a woman, walking around at night by myself. The bus system is very reasonable and has taken me to everywhere that I have needed to go. There are lots of families and dogs here!
However, restaurants and other places close very early (9pm or so) even on the weekends. Nightlife, as I have experienced it, is very minimal. Additionally, the job market is quite competitive. Finally, there is a strong lack of diversity in Portland. All of Oregon is very white, and there are very few communities of color which I find very noticeable in Portland, and know it has been a concern to people of color that I know.
- 620,589 Population
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- City in California
Current Resident: My husband and I have been living in Sunnyvale, CA for about 2.5 years now. We purchased our mobile home at that time, and have been quite satisfied with our decision. The area in Sunnyvale that we live in is fairly quiet, and secluded. One of the downsides to living in our neighborhood is that we have very limited grocery store options that are walking distance, as well as restaurants and shopping. One of the best things about our area is that we are a short walk away from the VTA light rail, getting us to Levi Stadium in 10 minutes, along with various other destinations close by. The family atmosphere is our area is nice, but could be drastically improved with better parks, dog parks, and recreational areas. The downtown scene is alright. Nice restaurants, but kind of misplaced amongst the run down Macy's. Could use some cleaning up to make it the vibrant downtown it has the potential to have.
- 149,596 Population
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- City in New Jersey
Current Resident: I was born and raised in Jersey City! Jersey City is such a diverse community from the poorest to the richest, as well as, dirtiest and cleanest locations. All places have their up and downs! I love how everything is so close by. It is great that Hoboken and NYC is minutes away for night-life and delicious restaurants (BUT pricey!). The main change I would like JC to have is to become SAFER. Within time I feel as though Jersey City will become another NYC!
- 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
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- City in Washington
Nearby Resident: I would rate Bellevue with 4 stars overall is a great city, has lots to do. The shopping center is great, it has a very wide selection of different restaurants and also shopping stores. Every time I pass by or I’m town I see new construction it’s a city of opportunity and growth. I notice a lot of pedestrians either going out for a walk or just strolling through town, their safety is very good. The Nightlife is always busy, because of the expansion that Bellevue has had there’s something for everyone, there a big variety of things to do and see. Some of the things that could be as a disadvantage is the traffic and also the affordability there, it's very expensive to rent or buy.
- 136,718 Population
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- City in Texas
Current Resident: I moved to Austin about 5 years ago from Pennsylvania. It was just myself and my dog Daisy and we found a room mate online. I had heard so many positive things about Austin-- great higher education infrastructure, job opportunities, and community life! All of those are true. I started at a community college here and have progressed to being at the University of Texas at Austin. The culture here is about being happy, healthy, and having fun! With music festivals like Austin City Limits and a plethora of music venues there is always somewhere you can chill and catch some local tunes. The art and food are amazing as well. I love to swim in the local natural spring-fed swimming pool downtown called Barton Springs. One thing I would change about Austin is affordability. There is not much housing that is remotely affordable for students although there are several emerging programs that will hopefully change that.
- 907,779 Population
21 Best Cities for Millennials in America
- City in Georgia
Current Resident: Atlanta, GA is a well known city in the South. It hosts the largest international airline, Hartsfield Jackson Airport, and provides many family-oriented activities. For example, the Botanical Gardens is a great place to get outside with the nature! We also have a fun amusement park, Six Flags Over Georgia. Along with all these outdoor activities, Atlanta offers a variety of places to eat like the Sun Dial Restaurant downtown. Now if you want to get away from big things, Atlanta has many small towns with lots of character. One good example is Marietta, GA which is my hometown!
- 456,378 Population
22 Best Cities for Millennials in America
- City in Illinois
Current Resident: Chicago is a great city with unlimited potential. As with any major city, your experience is in your hands. There are so many things to do, you just need to take advantage. You can go for a run on the 606 elevated pedway, bike along the lake front, or enjoy the city's night life. Chicago has everything a young urban professional could hope for. Common sense and awareness are required. But if you don't put yourself in questionable situations, Chicago is very safe. Avoid certain neighborhoods late at night and be aware of everyone around you when you are in crowded areas. And it is gorgeous!
- 2,714,017 Population
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- City in Texas
Current Resident: Plano is one of the best cities you can live in Texas. Not only is Plano one of the safest communities, it also has some of the best schools in the nation! One of the cool things about Plano is they have many different stores for specific ethnic backgrounds. The neighborhoods are very nice and are quite affordable. Plano has many biking trails and outdoor parks for exercising and for the kids to play. The best thing about Plano is that it is super close to Dallas. If you ever want to go down to Dallas, it's a quick 15-25 minute drive!
- 279,088 Population
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- City in Texas
Current Resident: I can genuinely say that I enjoy living in Richardson! It is a reasonable distance from Dallas proper and Downtown, as well as a reasonable distance from the surrounding DFW area. It is close enough to everything to be convenient, but not right in the heart of the action where property is far too expensive.
- 108,350 Population
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- 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