Denver a top 10 destination for millennials

January 5, 2015

Millennials, the darlings of marketers at ages 35 and under, are desirable residents as young professionals, lifestyle fanatics and first-time homeowners.

Analysts at the news site Vocativ set out to determine the best U.S. cities for people 35 and under starting with the 100 most populous cities in the U.S., as reported by The Huffington Post.

“Then, they rated each one on their own personal measures of food, jobs, nightlife and more. A city’s entertainment score, for example, was determined by the price of an average movie ticket, the number of local music festivals, and the number of pro sports teams in the area. Others included:

  • Night out: the average cost of beer, wings and (gasp!) weed.
  • Housing: monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment, the cost of Internet and price of cleaning services.
  • Getting around: percentage of population using public transit, the average price of gas, cost of a five-mile cab ride.
  • Jobs: the median salary, unemployment and job growth rates.
  • Food: the cost of groceries and number of coffee shops and take-out restaurants per 100,000 people.
  • Appeal: number of sunny days per year, walkability, amount of violent crime.
  • Demographics: the median age, ethnic diversity, amount of singles, percentage of LGBT individuals.”

The study resulted in “35 ultra-livable cities” – including Denver at No. 4 – where millennials are bound to find a great home. Here are the top 10:

Here are the top 10:

1. New York, NY.

2. Arlington, Texas.

3. San Francisco, Calif.

4. Denver (ranked high in food and entertainment).

5. Austin, Texas.

6. Minneapolis, Minn.

7. Seattle, Wash.

8. St. Paul, Minn.

9. Madison, Wis.

10. Portland, Ore.

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