14 Best Southern Cities For Millennials

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A company called Growella recently published a list of the best American cities to live in for millenials. The study factored in things like the amount of entry-level jobs, commute times, public transportation access, amount of young people living there, nightlife, and paycheck strength. You know, things us millenials like. (No avocado toast, really?)


Not surprisingly, Southern-U.S. cities dominated the list, with 14 of the top 25 cities located in the south.

1. Durham, North Carolina

According to the research, Durham has three times more available jobs than the rest of the cities. There’s also a lot of universities in the area, so there’s lots of fellow millennials.

2. Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville has lots of open jobs, and a low cost of living. Also, we hear the music is pretty great.

3. Charlotte, North Carolina

North Carolina is on the list again, and it won’t be the last time. Boasting a great nightlife and lots of jobs in the banking industry, this town is great for youngsters.

4. Austin, Texas

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Apparently, this little town in Texas called “Austin” is known by locals for its unique culture. You may have heard of it. There are several film and music festivals throughout the year, delicious dining spots, and a booming tech industry.

5. Greenville, South Carolina

Greenville has lots of scenic beauty, in addition to lots of young people and low cost of living.

6. Houston, Texas

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Houston has the highest “strength of paycheck” in all of the cities studied, surprisingly. This factors in taxes and costs of living, among other things.

7. Dallas, Texas

Dallas is another surprise simply due to its strength of paycheck and low cost of living being below average.

8. Fayetteville, Arkansas

Fayetteville has short commute times and a low cost of living. Their biker rally held every late summer is literally hell on earth, but despite that, it’s okay.

9. Lubbock, Texas

Lubbock had the shortest commute times in the study, as well as the second most amount of young people living there.

10. Gainseville, Florida

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Due to it being the home of the University of Florida, it has the most young people living there in the entire study. It also has relatively short commute times.

11. Corpus Christi, Texas

Corpus Christi has a very low cost of living, a whopping 12 percent below average.

12. Raleigh, North Carolina

North Carolina again! Lots of entry-level full time jobs and a fantastic strenght of paycheck. Really need to be visiting North Carolina more often..

13. Lexington, Kentucky

Lexington’s cost of living is 10 percent lower than the average, and you’re near great bourbon and college hoops, something people of all ages can get behind.

14. Knoxville, Tennessee

Knoxville has lots of job opportunities as well as a cost of living 13 percent below average.

Well there you have it, you and I both knew the South has some of the best cities to live in, and now there’s even more proof.

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