Millennials are abandoning NYC and San Francisco and moving to these 10 cities instead

Miune/ShutterstockMillennials in the US are generally heading south and west.

Is the Big Apple losing its allure?

With a long history of attracting young professionals, New York City has long been known as a “must move to” hot spot.

But in a June 2020 SmartAsset report tracking the top cities millennials were settling in, New York didn’t even make the top 25.

And this is based on US Census net migration data from 2018 –before the pandemic. SmartAsset ranked the list by subtracting the number of people ages 25 to 39 who moved out of each city from the number of people in the same age range who moved into the same city in 2017.

Turns out, millennials are largely moving out west and to the south. Many of these cities are typically more affordable than traditionally popular places like San Francisco or New York.

Keep reading to see the top 10 cities millennials are moving to, ranked in order of ascending net migration.


10. Columbus, Ohio

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Number of millennials that moved in: 10,445

Number of millennials that moved out: 7,712

Net migration: 2,773


9. Paradise, Nevada

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Number of millennials that moved in: 4,097

Number of millennials that moved out: 1,295

Net migration: 2,802


8. Phoenix, Arizona

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Number of millennials that moved in: 14,762

Number of millennials that moved out: 11,889

Net migration: 2,873


7. Nashville, Tennessee

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Number of millennials that moved in: 13,027

Number of millennials that moved out: 10,030

Net migration: 2,997


6. Houston, Texas

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Number of millennials that moved in: 18,548

Number of millennials that moved out: 15,313

Net migration: 3,235


5. Charlotte, North Carolina

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Number of millennials that moved in: 13,236

Number of millennials that moved out: 9,428

Net migration: 3,808


4. San Antonio, Texas

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Number of millennials that moved in: 12,406

Number of millennials that moved out: 8,220

Net migration: 4,186


3. Austin, Texas

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Number of millennials that moved in: 15,051

Number of millennials that moved out: 9,490

Net migration: 5,561


2. Denver, Colorado

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Number of millennials that moved in: 17,772

Number of millennials that moved out: 11,531

Net migration: 6,241


1. Seattle, Washington

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Number of millennials that moved in: 26,967

Number of millennials that moved out: 15,683

Net migration: 11,284

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