Forget NYC and San Francisco — these are the 10 cities across the US that the most millennials are moving to

Millennials in the US are generally heading South and West.

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Millennials in the US are generally heading South and West.
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  • 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 on the West Coast made the top 10.

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 July 2019 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 same city in 2017.

The southern portion of the United States dominated, with five cities making the top 10.

Perhaps part of the enticement of these cities is that living expenses are less than in traditionally popular places like San Francisco or New York.

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


10. Henderson, Nevada

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Number of millennials that moved in: 4,957

Number of millennials that moved out: 1,929

Net migration: 3,028


9. Clarksville, Tennessee

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Number of millennials that moved in: 9,740

Number of millennials that moved out: 6,410

Net migration: 3,330


8. San Diego, California

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Number of millennials that moved in: 36,145

Number of millennials that moved out: 32,803

Net migration: 3,342


7. Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Number of millennials that moved in: 16,279

Number of millennials that moved out: 12,911

Net migration: 3,368


6. Charlotte, North Carolina

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Number of millennials that moved in: 22,496

Number of millennials that moved out: 17,436

Net migration: 5,060


5. Norfolk, Virginia

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Number of millennials that moved in: 18,998

Number of millennials that moved out: 13,568

Net migration: 5,430


4. Columbia, South Carolina

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Number of millennials that moved in: 12,838

Number of millennials that moved out: 6,284

Net migration: 6,554


3. Portland, Oregon

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Number of millennials that moved in: 25,405

Number of millennials that moved out: 18,819

Net migration: 6,586


2. Seattle, Washington

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Number of millennials that moved in: 33,989

Number of millennials that moved out: 25,982

Net migration: 8,007


1. Dallas, Texas

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Number of millennials that moved in: 43,159

Number of millennials that moved out: 32,788

Net migration: 10,371