5 Cities Millennials are Flocking To

Posted on Jun 9 2017 - 3:29pm by Housecall

Editor's Note: This post was originally published on June 9, 2017. Housecall continues to share this piece due to ongoing requests and reader interest.

There are several places in the U.S. where millennials can be found due to the high employment rates and beautiful settings. For adults who are in their 20s and 30s, there are several places where it's smart to invest. When you're looking to move, these are a few cities that millennials are flocking to throughout the country.

Salt Lake City, Utah 


The high job growth in Salt Lake City makes it a desirable place for young adults to live as they look to obtain steady employment. The city is affordable to live in and has a median home price of $233,000 with job growth of 2.4 percent. Salt Lake City also has a lower unemployment rate compared to other markets throughout the U.S. with 2.9 percent, which is below the national average by a few points.

Seattle, Wash.


Seattle is considered to be a hot spot for millennials, which make up 24.1 percent of the population. Its busy nightlife scene and generous median incomes of $67,000 make it an ideal place to live for younger generations. It also boasts a job growth rate of 10.8 percent. The beautiful views of the water and the long list of activities and attractions in the area are additional reasons that many millennials relocate to the city.

Austin, Texas


Millennials are drawn to Austin for its real estate market, which includes homes that have a median price of $226,000. The job growth is also 4.2 percent, and it's the second top city in the country for the number of jobs that are becoming available. Some of the top companies that are run out of Austin include Dell, Apple, and Google, making it known as "Silicon Hills." The average median income is also $58,932, which allows many young adults to afford to purchase their first home.

There's also a strong emphasis on environmental sustainability, making the city desirable for millennials who make green practices a priority. Austin is also known for selling more renewable energy than other nations.

Charlotte, N.C.


Charlotte is one of the best places to live in North Carolina with 14 percent of the population between the ages of 25 and 34. Many of the youth are post-college graduates who have relocated to the city to seek employment and purchase a home in a neighborhood that has a suburban family profile. The draw of millennials is also causing many companies to relocate their headquarters to Charlotte in hopes of hiring talented employees.

Dallas, Texas


Dallas continues to grow each year and attract young out-of-towners due to its job growth rate of 3.9 percent and median home price of $175,000. The big city boasts plenty of shopping opportunities and attractions for those who want to stay busy without spending a lot to live close to the downtown area. The city hasn't attempted to control ride sharing, and many places are also easy to access by walking. There are also neighboring cities that are affordable to live in for those who don't mind commuting to work.

20 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Joe Hill July 11, 2018 at 1:12 pm -

    Moving to Dallas? Contact me. I have lived in Dallas my whole life.

  2. Keith Whitfield July 11, 2018 at 5:50 pm -

    Sarasota! Trade in the white cold stuff that falls from the sky for the beautiful white sandy beaches and blue-green water of Lido Beach (locals favorite) just beside world famous St Armands Circle with it’s great boutiques, restaurants (alfresco dining everywhere) and festivals just across the bridge to downtown Sarasota, which looks out over the beautiful Marina Jacks and the beautiful boats and park, along with all the Arts, shops, restaurants, multiple theaters, cabarets, opera, ballet, national and international entertainment! Siesta Key voted multiple years for Number 1 Beach in the United States and Siesta Village with that Beachy Bohemiem flair and alfresco dining , Longboat Key with a upper-end resort feel and landscapes and golf courses, Bird Key with it’s mansions and yachts on the bay, and Casey Key with it’s narrow winding road with mansions on the Gulf beaches and mansions on the Bay! Sarasota voted by Money Magazine as the Best Small City in America! Lakewood Ranch is the third fastest planned community in the nation. Golf, Tennis, Boating, Bicycling, etc. it is all here with the Gulf breeze and a superb quality of life. Wake up to being on vacation every day! Look me up and I would love to show you around this great place to live! — Ahh Keith Whitfield in Paradise!

  3. Michelle Stanifer July 6, 2019 at 5:33 pm -

    Cleveland is where all the really cool kids live! There is no better value for your money. Our cost of living is among the lowest in the nation and our housing stock is diverse and affordable. With lake Erie access, watersports, snow skiing, boating, world-class theater, City nightlife, fine dining, world-renowned chefs, and more it doesn’t make sense to live anywhere else. Contact me to learn more.

  4. Jim Desmond July 6, 2019 at 5:59 pm -

    Milwaukee is certainly a great place to live. Growing and getting better every day. Wisconsin as a whole is beautiful with a lot for people to do but Milwaukee itself has so much; Lake Michigan, Summerfest (the worlds largest music fest), lots of new development and growth, great restuarants and a crazy good night life and don’t forget the Brewers and the Bucks. If you haven’t been here you should put it on your list. You won’t be disappointed!!

  5. Brad Harper July 9, 2019 at 12:45 am -

    I am one of the top Washington State agents, Seattle is amazing but the outskirt towns have plenty to offer as well. Median prices are in the low 300s, which is about half of proper Seattle area and unemployment is down as well. We have amazing territorial views of mountains as well as the water. If you know anyone looking for an investment property or moving here, look me up, love to help.

  6. Kristy Dunnigan July 27, 2019 at 2:23 pm -

    Downtown DETROIT! Corktown, Midtown, Downtown. The Renaissance was real ~ Detroit is back and badass!

  7. Gina Rowe July 28, 2019 at 9:08 am -

    From hiking, mountain biking and camping in the summer to all the exhilarating snow sports in the winter we really live life in Utah. As a realtor, I enjoy every opportunity to help people relocate to Utah, so If you are ready to embrace both a growing economy and recreation at it’s best, consider making the move!

  8. Beth Powanda July 28, 2019 at 3:14 pm -

    Tampa-St. Petersburg area in Florida is booming with Millennial’s too. Plenty of young entrepreneurs, big and small business,bistros,shops,medical facilities, Spectacular Colleges/Universities. Making it more enjoyable are the endless,beaches,sunshine and water all year round!
    If you are looking to relocate. I can help with many years of experience and local knowledge.

  9. S scavel September 30, 2019 at 3:36 pm -

    Florida is not a great place for millennials. Jobs pay very little. That’s why mainly elderly retired ppl go to Florida.

  10. Irene October 1, 2019 at 6:04 pm -

    The Sacramento area, in California is still one of the best places and most affordable for this state to live in. Its only 1 1/2 hrs from lake Tahoe and about 2 hrs from the coast which has a lot to offer. If you need a homeloan to get preapproved for a home purchase, please let me know I am happy to give you addl. information.

  11. Jim Kurtz October 2, 2019 at 11:11 am -

    Excellent – Keep Atlanta the secret City of the Southeast. We are growing fast enough – have plenty of jobs with fair wages – enjoy the four seasons , water and mountains, great transportation routes – just need a few more people to learn how to drive with courtesy – it is not like today is any different than yesterday and tomorrow will more likely be the same – Rise Up !

  12. Dianne Field December 11, 2019 at 3:41 pm -

    Oops – sorry, I meant 2017, not 2016

  13. Sheri Curci December 11, 2019 at 3:44 pm -

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  14. Robin Owens December 11, 2019 at 4:24 pm -

    Lexington, KY!!!
    Horses, Bourbon, amazing restaurants, Arts and entertainment!! Many colleges and much history abounds! Beautiful farms and city living merge in exciting place to live, and its affordable!

  15. Terrie B. December 11, 2019 at 7:13 pm -

    Surprised Denver is not on the list as it has been in the past. It is still a great place to live, work, and play.

  16. Kimberley Hattem December 11, 2019 at 10:52 pm -

    Usually Fort Collins CO is on this list??? We still have a TON of people relocating here! As a past “relocator” from CA 15 yrs. ago my love for CO has not wavered! All great things exist in CO and keeps booming with new and upcoming housing and activities! Please visit my website for specific relocation information or if you’d like more info on Northern CO for clients I’d love to partner with you! khattem.com

  17. Ann Buchanan December 12, 2019 at 4:46 pm -

    I’m surprised that Nashville, TN isn’t listed here. I’m certainly seeing more millenneals coming to our booming city!
    There are 100+ families moving to Nashville and surrounding counties per day.
    Ann Buchanan
    Re/Max Elite

  18. Quentin Myles September 17, 2020 at 8:42 am -

    I would have thought Texas was a bit off on the list but here we are. It is thrilling actually. Although I’m all for Atlanta myself, I might have to visit the other states.I’m adding this to my bookmarks right away.

  19. Steve Owens September 18, 2020 at 4:35 am -

    I intend to make a trip to any one of these five cities. A purely recreational trip. I would appreciate if you could recommend one or two cities for me here. (Mostly those cities a sprightly 67 years old can work up a proper lather).

  20. Edmund Hale October 15, 2020 at 7:41 am -

    Been to Finland recently, so I’d prefer a locality in the USA that is more conducive to country life and has a nice lake.