The 25 Best Cities and Neighborhoods for Millennials

The Top 25 Best Cities and Neighborhoods for Millennials ranks the best places for young people to live in the United States, using more than a dozen factors as well as surveys of nearly 500,000 college students and recent grads. View the full methodology and list of factors here.


1. New York City, NY

% Age 25-34
14%

Median Rent
$1,157

Median Income
$31,703

Crime Rate
Low

Representative College
New York University

Best Neighborhood for Millennials: Greenpoint (Brooklyn)


2. Austin, TX

% Age 25-34
17%

Median Rent
$936

Median Income
$30,816

Crime Score
Below Average

Representative College
University of Texas – Austin

Best Neighborhood for Millennials: South River City


3. Washington, D.C.

% Age 25-34
15%

Median Rent
$1,353

Median Income
$42,226

Crime Score
Average

Representative College
Georgetown University

Best Neighborhood for Millennials: Clarendon (Arlington)


4. Chicago, IL

% Age 25-34
14%

Median Rent
$931

Median Income
$30,061

Crime Score
Average*

Representative College
DePaul University

Best Neighborhood for Millennials: Wicker Park


5. San Francisco, CA

% Age 25-34
15%

Median Rent
$1,344

Median Income
$36,119

Crime Score
Average

Representative College
University of San Francisco

Best Neighborhood for Millennials: Cow Hollow


6. Boston, MA

% Age 25-34
13%

Median Rent
$1,163

Median Income
$33,659

Crime Score
Below Average

Representative College
Boston University

Best Neighborhood for Millennials: Spring Hill (Somerville)


7. Denver, CO

% Age 25-34
15%

Median Rent
$902

Median Income
$32,422

Crime Score
Below Average

Representative College
University of Denver

Best Neighborhood for Millennials: Speer


8. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

% Age 25-34
15%

Median Rent
$874

Median Income
$29,830

Crime Score
Below Average

Representative College
Southern Methodist University
Best Neighborhood for Millennials: Oak Lawn


9. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

% Age 25-34
14%

Median Rent
$864

Median Income
$33,511

Crime Score
Average*

Representative College
University of Minnesota

Best Neighborhood for Millennials: North Loop


10. San Diego, CA

% Age 25-34
15%

Median Rent
$1,261

Median Income
$30,196

Crime Score
Low

Representative College
University of San Diego

Best Neighborhood for Millennials: Little Italy


11. San Jose, CA

% Age 25-34
15%

Median Rent
$1,454

Median Income
$37,484

Crime Score
Low

Representative College
San Jose State University

Best Neighborhood for Millennials: Old Mountain View


12. Raleigh, NC

% Age 25-34
14%

Median Rent
$855

Median Income
$31,899

Crime Score
Low

Representative College
North Carolina State University

Best Neighborhood for Millennials: Morrisville (Town)*


13. Seattle, WA

% Age 25-34
15%

Median Rent
$1,033

Median Income
$34,199

Crime Score
Average

Representative College
University of Washington

Best Neighborhood for Millennials: Eastlake


14. Columbus, OH

% Age 25-34
14%

Median Rent
$777

Median Income
$28,977

Crime Score
Average*

Representative College
Ohio State University

Best Neighborhood for Millennials: Victorian Village


15. Pittsburgh, PA

% Age 25-34
11%

Median Rent
$672

Median Income
$25,520

Crime Score
Below Average

Representative College
University of Pittsburgh

Best Neighborhood for Millennials: Shadyside


16. Phoenix, AZ

% Age 25-34
14%

Median Rent
$934

Median Income
$29,139

Crime Score
Below Average

Representative College
Arizona State University

Best Neighborhood for Millennials: Tempe (City)*


17. Los Angeles, CA

% Age 25-34
14%

Median Rent
$1,218

Median Income
$26,482

Crime Score
Low

Representative College
University of Southern California

Best Neighborhood for Millennials: Palms


18. Charlotte, NC

% Age 25-34
14%

Median Rent
$818

Median Income
$28,494

Crime Score
Below Average

Best Neighborhood for Millennials: Third Ward


19. New Orleans, LA

% Age 25-34
13%

Median Rent
$913

Median Income
$25,297

Crime Score
Below Average

Representative College
Tulane University

Best Neighborhood for Millennials: Lower Garden District


20. Salt Lake City, UT

% Age 25-34
17%

Median Rent
$852

Median Income
$27,561

Crime Score
Above Average

Representative College
University of Utah

Best Neighborhood for Millennials: East Central


21. Houston, TX

% Age 25-34
15%

Median Rent
$860

Median Income
$28,306

Crime Score
Average

Representative College
University of Houston

Best Neighborhood for Millennials: Midtown


22. Indianapolis, IN

% Age 25-34
14%

Median Rent
$763

Median Income
$28,664

Crime Score
Average

Representative College
IUPUI

Best Neighborhood for Millennials: Fishers (Town)*


23. Richmond, VA

% Age 25-34
13%

Median Rent
$921

Median Income
$30,324

Crime Score
Below Average

Representative College
Virginia Commonwealth University

Best Neighborhood for Millennials: Shockoe Bottom


24. Orlando, FL

% Age 25-34
14%

Median Rent
$1,018

Median Income
$25,330

Crime Score
Above Average

Representative College
University of Central Florida

Best Neighborhood for Millennials: Lake Eola Heights


25. Atlanta, GA

% Age 25-34
14%

Median Rent
$937

Median Income
$29,863

Crime Score
High

Representative College
Georgia Tech

Best Neighborhood for Millennials: Ardmore

*View the full methodology, special cases, and list of factors here.



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  1. RaleighRob

    I’m happy you included Raleigh, but “best neighborhood for Millennials” being Morrisville was pretty stupid. Morrisville is a suburb 15 miles outside of Raleigh that’s mostly full of families and adults in their 40s on up. Young, hip single people simply DO NOT live there. Best neighborhoods in Raleigh for millennials would be: Downtown, Five Points, Hillsborough Street, or Cameron Park.

  2. Oklahoma San

    Cow Hollow? Seriously? Have you guys ever been to San Francisco. Cow Hollow and the surrounding Marina are among the least desirable parts of the city. Worse than the Tenderloin. That might say a thing or two about the kinds of people that read this site!

  3. ATLNOLAgirl

    The fact that you show New Orleans as having a “below average” crime score and Atlanta as having a “high” crime score indicates the methodology (or lack thereof) used in this article. Plus, Ardmore is located in the Atlanta city limits but is not considered to be in a dangerous area of Atlanta. LGD in New Orleans would be considered more dangerous – especially if it is expanded (as many brokers have started doing) to include the area on the Carondelet side of St. Charles, going back towards LaSalle Street. I know and love both cities, but have to take issue with these ratings. And millennials are not flocking to Ardmore in Atlanta. They want Old Fourth Ward or Midtown.

  4. C Richardson

    Interesting article. I know it’s easy to bash the criteria, etc, but you have obviously put a ton of work into it, so thank you.

    One question (and a few comments have alluded to this): how did the census data give the income averages? It was surprising to see most areas between $28,000 and $31,000.

  5. Kei

    Orlando? Really? Never mind the Millennials. This town is an absolute wasteland for anyone who isn’t a millionaire, an executive in the hospitality industry, or eligible to receive their Social Security checks.

    I’ve never recommended Orlando (or Florida) to anyone who didn’t fit at least one of those categories, and I’m not about to start now. In fact, I’m working toward leaving this place behind for a city that actually has something, anything to offer.


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