Since the word "Millennial" isn't going anywhere any time soon -- regardless of how you feel about it -- Money has decided to figure out which of our nation's cities are the ideal nesting ground for professional twenty-and-thirty-somethings to pack up and move to.
The magazine limited its focus to cities with a population of 300,000 or higher, examining places with higher-than-average projected job growth, affordable food and rent, and relatively high concentrations of amenities like pharmacies, grocery stores, and laundromats. And of course, special attention was given to spots with a wealth of bars, restaurants and leisure opportunities.
Ready for the ranking? According to the brainiacs at Money, the single greatest city for Millennials is none other than Austin, TX, owing to its stellar job growth, local culture, and quality of life -- since, y'know, the whole "live music capital of the world" thing. Plus, Austin boasts a population that's 26.2% Millennial anyway, meaning ample opportunities for meeting other vapid/fascinating individuals.
Meanwhile, Atlanta, GA took second place thanks to its below-average cost of living and projected 14.3% job growth rate, while Columbus, OH snagged third place with a hefty millennial population (25.9%), high walkability, and varied entertainment opportunities.
And, since Money apparently has no desire to fall into the "top 10" trap that everyone seems to love these days, there are only two more cities on the list: Tucson, AZ, which came fourth, and Seattle, WA, which completed the list in fifth place. We're actually in agreement with the choice to go with a top five instead of 10 -- after all, why give these Millennials so many choices? Aren't they entitled enough as it is?
That's a joke, by the way. Kind of.
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Gianni Jaccoma is a staff writer for Thrillist, and he’s really not that bothered by the whole "millennial" thing. Follow his blatantly millennial tweets @gjaccoma, and send your news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org