Where are Millennials moving to meet people their own age, max out their pay and avoid time-wasting
commutes? PayScale ranks the cities this high-speed generation calls home.
Rank Metro Area Wage Change
Over Time (?)Shows percent change in earnings for full-time, private-industry employees working in that metro area between Q2 2009 and Q2 2012.
Median Pay
for Gen Y
Commute Time
for Gen Y (min)
% Gen Y
Employees
Gen Y
City Score (?)Calculation based upon each metro area's results for wage change over time, Gen Y pay, commute time and percent of Gen Y employees.
United States Overall 2.5% $39,700 20.4 22% 1.00
1 Seattle 4.4% $44,000 24.3 22% 1.61
2 Houston 4.3% $44,000 24.8 22% 1.52
3 Minneapolis 3.3% $42,800 20.4 23% 1.46
4 Washington, DC 3.2% $49,500 30 26% 1.25
5 Boston 3.3% $46,200 29.9 25% 1.16
6 Dallas 2.9% $41,200 20.6 21% 1.11
7 New York 2.9% $46,900 30.6 26% 1.04
8 Tampa 2.7% $36,600 20.7 19% 0.83
9 - Tie Philadelphia 2.6% $42,000 28.7 23% 0.81
9 - Tie San Francisco 2.2% $51,300 29.3 22% 0.81
11 Chicago 2.2% $42,600 29.9 24% 0.71
12 San Diego 1.3% $42,800 20 24% 0.62
13 St. Louis 1.4% $38,200 20.5 22% 0.54
14 Baltimore 1.4% $42,900 25 23% 0.53
15 Detroit 1.6% $39,100 24.7 20% 0.45
16 Los Angeles 1.2% $42,400 24.9 24% 0.44
17 Atlanta 1.4% $40,700 25.1 20% 0.42
18 Miami 1.2% $38,100 24.3 21% 0.36
19 Phoenix 0.2% $39,200 20.5 21% 0.07
20 Riverside -0.8% $33,800 20 22% -0.26
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