Written by Alyssa Walker

America's largest population--the millennials--top over 75 million, bigger than the baby boomer generation. Those born between 1981 and 1997 fill define it by years, but It has multiple facets: technological savviness, a desire for independence, and its sheer diversity. Though just 44 percent of the entire population, they're flocking to cities where they're having an impact on the shape and scope of urban life. 

The Brookings Institute recently released its analysis on where older millennials settle after college. Where do they go? Places that have burgeoning tech industries and widespread economic growth. 

Traditional thinking dictates that most college graduates head to cities on either coast in the US, but the data suggests that millennials are settling in cities across the country. 

Several cities tied. Here they are:

Because there were so many ties, there are only six places.  In sixth place, Denver, Colorado boasted 46 percent of college-age millennials as part of the millennial population. Minneapolis, Raleigh, and New York tied for fifth place with 47 percent of college-age millennials comprising the entire millennial population. 

Fourth place saw Hartford, Connecticut with 50 percent of the population, and in third place, with 54 percent of the population was Washington, D.C. 

Two California cities tied for second place: San Francisco and San Jose, each with 55 percent of the total millennial population college-educated.

The number one spot? It's a tie.

Madison, Wisconsin and Boston, Massachusetts. Fifty-eight percent of the millennial population is college educated.

It's no wonder that both these cities tied for first place, either. They're two metro areas with several universities of varying sizes and specialties. 


Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.
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