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Best cities for millennials

20 May . 2019

Houston Ranks as One of The Best Cities for Millennials

While other cities may seem hipper and trendier than Houston for Millennials, these young adults are voting with their feet, and they are choosing the Bayou City more than any other place in the United States.

From 2012 to 2017, Houston attracted a net average of 14,767 Millennials between the ages of 25 to 34 each year, according to an analysis of the Census Bureau’s most recent five-year migration estimates by the Brookings Institution. That’s a net gain of 74,000 Millennials in the five-year period.

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Denver, the second-most popular city for Millennials, had an average annual influx of 12,667 from 2012 to 2017. Houston was also well ahead of two other Texas cities in the top five, including third-ranked Dallas (12,665) and fifth-place Austin (8,933).

Houston has ranked among the national top five cities for young adults in the three most recent five-year analyses of Census migration data.

From 2007 to 2012, Houston was No. 2 nationally, with an average annual influx of 9,981 young adults. For the five-year period between 2004 and 2007, an average of 10,992 new residents between the ages of 25 and 34 moved to Houston each year.

The recent Millennial Desirability Index (MDI) created by Meyers Research, a California-based housing data research firm, offers some insights on why Houston is so attractive to Millennials.

Houston ranks No. 2 on this national index, which assesses the most desirable cities for Millennials born between 1980 and 2000 based on job growth, total employment, cost of living, wage potential, quality of life, fun index and affordable housing availability. The data came from sources including the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Houston has a score of 157.3 on the index. The top-ranked city is Dallas, which squeaked past Houston with a score of 158.

Learn more about our lifestyle at Elyson, offering a vision for more than 750 acres of parks, trails, recreational amenities and natural open space in the highly regarded Katy Independent School District. With new homes priced from the low $200,000s to $700,000s, and activities for residents of all ages, Elyson appeals to Millennials, Baby Boomers and everyone in between.