- Using data from the US Census Bureau, we found the town in every state with the highest percentage of young adults age 20 to 34.
- Many college towns appear on the list.
Young adults tend to be concentrated in certain places.
The “American Community Survey” is an annual survey run by the Census Bureau to allow the government, corporate and academic researchers, and anyone who’s curious about demographics to better understand the US population.
Among many other subjects, the ACS includes information about respondents’ ages.
Using the ACS estimates from 2013 to 2017 for places with at least a 1,000-person population, Business Insider made a map showing the town in each state with the largest share of the population age 20 to 34, our approximation for the millennial generation.
Places, as defined by the Census Bureau, include several college campuses and military bases, and such areas have disproportionately large populations of young adults.
Given that we’re interested in places that are more properly viewed as towns, cities, or villages, we decided to exclude college campuses and military bases from our analysis.
Even after excluding college campuses themselves, many college towns, like West Lafayette, Indiana, home of Purdue University, and East Lansing, Michigan, where Michigan State University is located, appear on the map.
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