Hiking hipsters, blue-collar bookworms, and part-time party animals all need a solid foundation for living. We aimed to find out which places are more than flashy cultural epicenters—instead, we focused on areas with low unemployment rates, high immigration flows, low housing costs, and low rates of property crime.
With these criteria, we evaluated 325 metro areas and ranked them accordingly to determine the best places for millennials to move to in 2019.
Surprisingly, California wasn’t as prominent as we’d thought it’d be. A high cost of living plus competitive (and fruitless) job hunting can turn a lot of millennials off. And with dang ol’ global warming, who knows which coastal cities will be viable by the time we retire anyway.