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These Are The Best Places For Millennials To Live & Work

Check out these hot spots where you can make living your best life a reality.

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It's still the early stages of this so-called post-pandemic life, and with graduates finally entering the workforce or taking their next steps toward true adulting, many might be wondering, "Where do I start?" True, life's been a roller coaster ride, but we're here to help with a list of best cities for millennials to work.


This list, courtesy of WalletHub, was created based on comparisons—across 34 key metrics and data points—of 50 states and the District of Columbia. They considered factors including average monthly earning and the unemployment rate. (Oh, and just in case you're wondering, if you were born between 1980 and the mid-'90s, you're a millennial. And how about this: Those of us born closer to the early 1980s are now called "geriatric" but I digress.)

Check out the list below and find out where you could be living your best life:

1. Washington

Known for being the home base for Amazon, this state ranked high for affordability, education and health, and it's no surprise that the diversity of experiences and companies would be a great draw for millennials. It has one of the highest percentage of millennials and is among the highest for millennial earnings.

2. District of Columbia

D.C. was found to have the highest share of millennials and the highest average monthly earnings for this group as well. It was once called the "Chocolate City," due to the large dominating population of Black people, but the population has become a bit more diverse. Many of the top jobs are in government service, journalism and media, education, politics and advocacy (of course) and social work.

3. Utah

This state also has a high percentage of millennials and ranked high for affordability and quality of life. Many of the top-earning jobs here center around education, healthcare, technology, and financial services. Leading companies or organizations here include the University of Utah and Goldman Sachs.

4. Massachusettes

Here, top jobs can be found in tech and software development, healthcare, retail, and education, with many major corporations and hospitals headquartered in the state. It also ranked highly for affordability and had one of the highest average earnings for millennials.

5. Iowa

This state ranked No. 1 for lowest housing cost, and it also has the highest rate for millennial homeownership. And don't sleep on the opportunities for work here. It's home to the headquarters of companies including media powerhouse Meredith Corp., and the University of Iowa, and many of the top jobs are found in healthcare, education, manufacturing and technology.

Read more on the list of best places for millennials to live and work, here.

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