Forget New York — these are the 10 surprising cities millennials are moving to

Millennials are flocking to Seattle.

Millennials are flocking to Seattle.

  • New York City no longer appears to be one of the favored cities for millennials to move to.
  • SmartAsset recently tracked which cities the most millennials were settling in, and the results are surprising.
  • The Big Apple didn’t even make the top 25, but three cities in Virginia made the top 10.

Is the Big Apple losing its allure?

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

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

SmartAsset ranked the list according to net migration data from the US Census Bureau. It subtracted the number of people ages 20 to 34 who moved out of the city from the number of people in the same age range who moved into the city in 2016.

Virginia dominated, with three cities making the top 10.

Perhaps part of the enticement of these cities is that they offer cheaper rent than the exorbitant prices you’ll find in places like San Francisco or New York.

Whether Minneapolis or Seattle, see the 10 cities where the most millennials are settling in, ranked by net migration. All median rent prices are sourced from Zillow and based on two-bedroom rentals.

10. Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Millennial net migration: 4,984

Median rent: $1,238

9. Norfolk, Virginia

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Millennial net migration: 4,997

Median rent: $1,146

8. Denver

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Millennial net migration: 5,106

Median rent: $1,961

7. San Jose, California

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Millennial net migration: 5,496

Median rent: $2,894

6. Newport News, Virginia

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Millennial net migration: 5,667

Median rent: $953

5. Jacksonville, Florida

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Millennial net migration: 6,354

Median rent: $951

4. Minneapolis


Millennial net migration: 6,529

Median rent: $1,592

3. Sacramento, California

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Millennial net migration: 6,680

Median rent: $1,561

2. Columbia, South Carolina

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Millennial net migration: 6,937

Median rent: $915

1. Seattle


Millennial net migration: 7,302

Median rent: $2,435