Dallas Most Popular City in U.S. With Generation Y — Millennials

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According to giant Moving.com, an online source for moving-related services, millennials love Dallas. Like, a whole lot.

Seems that with the job market so tight and everything pretty sucky once they graduate from college, millennials are shunning NYC and the We$t Coa$t for cities with job growth and affordable housing. And guess what, we have both. The cities topping the millenial-friendly list include number one Dallas; Tallahassee; Athens, Ga.; Phoenix; and Pittsburgh.

This was all based on local unemployment rates, affordable rents and home prices and the presence of communities that appeal to Generation Y.

Not sure if that would be the Arts District or the new breweries going up in Trinity Groves.

Dallas’ unemployment rate is well below the national average at 6.5%, and our average monthly rents don’t kill you at $1,314. And this is preaching to the choir: I know what great values our homes are and preach it: median home listing price of $204,900, likely a three bedroom, two bath that is not falling apart.

Tallahassee has cheaper rents at $787 a month, and real estate is cheaper with the median list price holding steady at $159,000. Unemployment in Tallahassee is also low at 6.7%.

But Tallahassee sure has more bugs than we do.

Phoenix rents are cheaper than in Dallas, $828 per month, but I’ll bet the A/C bills more than make up for that. I still do not get Phoenix — all you have is golf, palm trees and pretty mountains. More suitable for Baby Boomers, I would think, who golfs any more? Still, Phoenix holds a 6.6% unemployment rate. Home prices also are a steal but that’s because they went nuts during the boom. Median value home is holding at $185,500.  And that probably was a $500,000 at the height of the boom.

For some reason, Pittsburgh is on this list. OK, it has a 6.3% unemployment rate, average rents in the $1,074 per month range and a median home list price of approximately $143,250. Also snow, sludge, and it’s in Pennsylvania. Aside from Carnegie Mellon University and Chatham College, I don’t get it.


Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for Forbes.com, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature CandysDirt.com, and SecondShelters.com, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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