D.C. best place for Mil­len­ni­als to live, sur­vey says

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Matt Chung saw the ben­e­fits of be­ing a young per­son liv­ing in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal: Easy ac­cess to pub­lic tran­sit, lots of fel­low Mil­len­ni­als and plenty of so­cial and pro­fes­sional net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“D.C. is a cool city be­cause no one is from there, so ev­ery­one is look­ing to make friends and get out and meet peo­ple,” says Chung, who grad­u­ated from Ge­orge­town in 2014 and lived in nearby Ar­ling­ton, Va. “It’s easy to make friends and be so­cial.”

As a Mil­len­nial, Chung com­pares his ex­pe­ri­ence liv­ing in Washington, which was re­cently named the best place for Mil­len­ni­als by Wal­letHub, to New Or­leans, where he is a sec­ond-year law stu­dent at Tu­lane. In con­trast to Washington, Louisiana falls near the bot­tom of the list. New Mexico ranked worst.

Al­though he pays nearly two times less for rent, Chung noted the poor road con­di­tions, the ab­sence of a metro sys­tem and the lack of infrastructure to make New Or­leans more ac­ces­si­ble.

Wal­letHub com­piled a list of the most liv­able places for the 18- to 35-year-old age group us­ing data from all 50 states and D.C., based on af­ford­abil­ity, ed­u­ca­tion and health, qual­ity of life, eco­nomic health and civic en­gage­ment. Thirty key in­di­ca­tors of liv­ing stan­dards were con­sid­ered, in­clud­ing av­er­age monthly earn­ings.

Ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey, the na­tion’s cap­i­tal is home to the high­est share of Mil­len­ni­als, com­pris­ing nearly 35% of their to­tal work­force.

Run­ner-up North Dakota has the low­est share of Mil­len­ni­als liv­ing with their par­ents as well as the low­est Mil­len­nial un­em­ploy­ment rate. No. 3 Min­nesota boasts the high­est Mil­len­nial home­own­er­ship rate at nearly 50%.

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