Utah metros rank among the best big metros for Millennials

The top ten best Metros for Millennials based on an index developed by Apartment List. Image courtesy Apartment List.

Utah already has one of the largest shares of Millennials (adults between 18 and 35) in the country but a new report from Apartment List, an online rental marketplace, indicates that two of the state’s largest metro areas are also among the best places for much talked about age group.

A previous report by Apartment List found that of 24,000 Millennials surveyed, 64 percent planned on moving to another metro area.  To determine which metro areas those Millennials should seek out, Apartment List ranked the top 75 U.S. metros based on jobs, affordability and livability.

Based on the metrics, Apartment List ranked Provo as the second best metro area for Millennials and Salt Lake City as the 14th best.  Nationally, Pittsburgh Pensylvania ranked first, while Worchester Massachusetts and Miami Florida came in last.

Provo received an A+ grade with high points for low levels of unemployment and livability.  Provo residents give the metro high marks for safety and dating options, and more affordable rents allow Millennials to save up to purchase a home,” writes Sydney Bennet, the report’s author.

  • Provo ranks #15 out of 75 for its job market.
  • Salt Lake City ranks #24 out of 75 for affordability.
  • Provo ranks #6 out of 75 for livability, with its highest scores for safety and dating opportunities.

Salt Lake City received an A grade on our list of best metros for millennials.  The city received high points for its job market and was the highest ranked city for jobs outside of the coasts. Unsurprisingly, Salt Lake scored in the bottom third among the top 75 metros in housing affordability.  The median monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment is $1,050 a month.  While that may be lower than the national median of $1,160, Apartment List notes that only 60 percent of the population can afford the median home and that salaries haven’t caught up to rising rents.

  • Salt Lake City ranks #8 out of 75 for its job market, with a millennial unemployment rate of 3.3 percent.
  • Salt Lake City ranks #51 out of 75 for affordability.
  • Salt Lake City ranks #19 out of 75 for livability, with its highest scores for opportunities to date and make friends.

Apartment List looked at median wages, wage growth and the millennial unemployment rate to rank each metro’s job market.  To measure affordability the authors looked each metro area’s median rents and the share of residents that can afford the median-priced home.  The livability metric is based on Apartment List’s annual survey that measures how residents are satisfied with their region’s weather, dating and social opportunities, safety, access to parks, community activities and nightlife.

Posted by Isaac Riddle

Isaac Riddle grew up just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. He has a BA in English literature from the University of Utah and a Masters of Journalism from Temple University. Isaac has written for Next City, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook and Salt Lake City Weekly. Before embarking on a career in journalism, Isaac taught High School English in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Isaac is the founder of Building Salt Lake and can be reached at isaac@buildingsaltlake.com.