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How much millennials make in each state

Millennials are more diverse and better educated than the generations before them. But while this group makes up a large portion of today's American workforce, their entry into it came at a time of economic turmoil. And that has created a generation of workers relocating to where jobs are available—and lucrative.

States throughout the country provide different opportunities, according to their variety of industries, real estate markets, unemployment rates, and a number of other factors. Depending on the type of business, what incentives state and local governments provide, and the overall cost of living, some states are more attractive to this generation than others. Stacker scoured data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis’s 2016 American Community Survey to determine household median incomes, unemployment rates, and the percentage of workforce participation as they apply to millennials.

The last of the millennials are on their way out of college and into the workforce. Here, check out how your home state ranks for opportunities or millennials compared with others.

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#50. New Mexico

Millennial adjusted household median income: $51,893 (3.9% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 25.3% (#26 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 7.2% (#48 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 77.7% (#49 highest among all states)

Millennials are struggling the most in the state of New Mexico, with the state ranked last in pay for the demographic. The Land of Enchantment has had trouble retaining young and educated people, who often leave New Mexico for job opportunities elsewhere. Millennials that do stay are reportedly locking to metro Albuquerque and finding value in refurbished homes.

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#49. Mississippi

Millennial adjusted household median income: $53,269 (10.2% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 25.2% (Tied for #29 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 8.0% (#49 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 78.2% (#47 highest among all states)

From 2010 to 2016, 3.6% of millennials left Mississippi—double the percentage of other Southern states. Some local politicians speculate that the state’s rural landscape is a large contributing factor to the exodus. Other former Mississippi residents cited a social environment dominated by “incredible racism and bigotry.”

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#48. Florida

Millennial adjusted household median income: $54,889 (7.6% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 24.8% (Tied for #38 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 5.6% (#35 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 81.6% (#34 highest among all states)

Retention of millennials isn’t the only statistic where Florida ranks low. The state’s metrics in education, health, and especially civil engagement are all well below that of other states. The state is in the top-fourth percentile for millennials who still live at home with their parents, with some metropolitan areas in Florida ranked as some of the worst areas to earn a wage in the country. Millennials who remain are able to find affordable living in Orlando and Jacksonville.

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#47. Louisiana

Millennial adjusted household median income: $56,377 (12.9% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 26.8% (#12 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 6.7% (#47 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 78.4% (#46 highest among all states)

Industries that thrive in Louisiana include agriculture and energy, which for a time did not do much to attract millennials from other states. In recent years, areas such as Baton Rouge have received an influx of millennials, with flexible work schedules and vibrant communities being cited for this shift. Affordability in urban areas, at least compared to other states, has apparently been the draw for these new Louisiana residents.

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#46. Arkansas

Millennial adjusted household median income: $57,312 (12.3% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 25.0% (Tied for #36 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 5.0% (#24 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 78.0% (#48 highest among all states)

Some communities in Arkansas are working to reverse millennial flight from the state, utilizing mapping technology to gain insight and data on how to keep millennials in the workforce there. These communities are trying to attract new and small businesses in the state while also promoting safety and “fun attractions.” Additional strategies include making roads and city districts more friendly for walking and biking.

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#45. Tennessee

Millennial adjusted household median income: $57,735 (7.3% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 25.9% (#19 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 5.4% (#26 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 79.8% (#41 highest among all states)

Tennessee has struggled in the past to keep millennials in the state, but cities like Nashville have been increasing retention lately. Forbes magazine rated the city high up on a list of U.S. cities experiencing job growth in such industries as health care, education, entertainment, manufacturing, distribution, and technology.

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#44. South Carolina

Millennial adjusted household median income: $57,969 (5.7% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 25.3% (Tied for #26 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 5.7% (#36 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 81.6% (#35 highest among all states)

Quality of life for millennials here is considered to be low because of high unemployment rates and low civic engagement. The City of Columbia, a bright spot, was found to have gained the second-highest number of millennials of any city in the state in 2017. The arts scene and multinational companies like Capgemini offering incentives for employees are just a few reasons why some millennials are choosing to stay.

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#43. West Virginia

Millennial adjusted household median income: $58,226 (17.6% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 24.0% (#45 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 8.2% (#50 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 76.1% (#50 highest among all states)

West Virginia reportedly has a high percentage of millennials still living with their parents and suffering from depression. The state also ranks last in quality of life and economic health. Some millennials are urging West Virginia officials to diversify the state’s economy beyond that of coal, which has historically been a major part of the state’s identity. The organization Generation West Virginia has started a program called Impact Fellowship, which provides one-year state fellowships for in-state employers.

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#42. Nevada

Millennial adjusted household median income: $58,399 (3.1% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 27.7% (Tied for #6 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 6.2% (#44 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 82.4% (#29 highest among all states)

Compared with other Western states, Nevada falters when it comes to education, affordability, and health. Still, the median income for millennials is competitive compared with bordering states. This group makes up the largest voting bloc in the state, but still faces economic challenges, particularly in the housing market.

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#41. North Carolina

Millennial adjusted household median income: $58,818 (5.7% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 25.9% (Tied for #19 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 6.0% (#43 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 82.5% (#28 highest among all states)

In 2018, studies showed that millennials began moving en masse to North Carolina cities such as Charlotte. The city’s growth has been chalked up to education programs and development of the food, beverage, and restaurant industries. With the number of millennials expected to surpass that of baby boomers, millennials are becoming a highly sought-out demographic for the workforce.

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#40. Alabama

Millennial adjusted household median income: $59,167 (10.8% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 25.2% (#29 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 5.8% (#39 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 78.6% (#45 highest among all states)

Alabama's millennials are wary about credit card debt and in a fragile financial state overall. While unemployment isn’t that big of a problem for the demographic, those who do work may suffer from some form of workaholism.

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#39. Oklahoma

Millennial adjusted household median income: $60,311 (9.2% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 25.8% (Tied for #22 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 5.6% (#33 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 79.4% (#42 highest among all states)

Suburban areas of Oklahoma such as Norman are losing millennials to large cities, mostly because of a lack of good, high-paying jobs. Among the town attracting millennials is Oklahoma City, which was cited in 2016 as being a “compromise” between exciting city lifestyle and the warmth of a small town.

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#38. Kentucky

Millennial adjusted household median income: $60,363 (13.6% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 25.2% (Tied for #29 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 6.0% (#42 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 79.1% (#43 highest among all states)

Out of all of the cities in the United States, Louisville, Ken., has emerged as one of the best cities for recent college graduates. The metropolis offering high salaries and a decent cost of living. Some natives have moved away, noting the city has not taken stands on environmental or minimum wage issues.

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#37. Idaho

Millennial adjusted household median income: $60,806 (9.2% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 25.3% (Tied for #26 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 3.7% (#7 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 80.0% (#40 highest among all states)

As recently as 2016, many college graduates said they were leaving Idaho because they did not believe they had good job options. Some areas, though, such as around Idaho Falls, have become the home of so-called “rural millennials,” who work in science, technology, and the health industry. Still, many millennials in the state have found themselves riddled with debt.

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#36. Georgia

Millennial adjusted household median income: $60,851 (4.6% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 27.0% (#9 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 5.8% (#38 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 80.9% (#39 highest among all states)

Georgia’s poor scores in education and health mean it ranks low as a good state to live for millennials. Still, many natives are open to the idea of living in the City of Atlanta, mainly for its cultural attractions and career opportunities. Initiatives like ChooseATL are designed to provide incentives to social media- and technology-savvy millennials to get them to stay.

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#35. Arizona

Millennial adjusted household median income: $60,987 (9.2% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 25.7% (#24 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 5.6% (#34 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 79.0% (#44 highest among all states)

Companies like Apple, IBM, Intel, and PayPal have established headquarters in Arizona, creating a “Silicon Desert” that attracts millennials searching for job opportunities. Couple that with a lively nightlife, a low cost of living in Phoenix, and a revitalized Tucson, and you have a state that continues to become more millennial-friendly. Businesses are marketing themselves better to the demographic.

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#34. Montana

Millennial adjusted household median income: $61,277 (15.3% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 23.7% (#47 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 4.3% (#14 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 83.9% (#19 highest among all states)

Increasing numbers of millennials are making their way in Montana. The Choose Montana initiative asserts that the state is #1 for startups and the state continues its efforts to be competitive in attracting millennials for employment opportunities.

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#33. New York

Millennial adjusted household median income: $61,552 (13.1% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 27.1% (#8 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 5.5% (#31 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 82.7% (#27 highest among all states)

New York City is an epicenter for millennials, although the city is infamous for its high cost of living. Millennials can enjoy great entertainment and nightlife and find opportunities to be surrounded by some of the best and brightest in a host of industries.

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#32. Michigan

Millennial adjusted household median income: $61,773 (9.8% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 24.3% (#43 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 5.9% (#41 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 81.9% (#33 highest among all states)

Detroit suffered more than most cities during the Great Recession, but some millennials are seeing opportunities there to build new businesses and cultural landmarks. The Choose Michigan initiative focuses on promoting energizing work during the week and fun on weekends.

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#31. Delaware

Millennial adjusted household median income: $61,781 (0.2% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 25.0% (#36 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 5.5% (#28 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 82.9% (#26 highest among all states)

The First State of Delaware is explicitly attempting to attract millennials, including with the Millennial Summit. The goal is to connect young professionals and innovators, and to motivate them to want to make a positive impact on the state’s economy and culture. Additionally, the Leadership Delaware program connects millennials with high-level executives for faster professional growth.

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#30. Texas

Millennial adjusted household median income: $62,173 (6.5% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 27.9% (#5 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 5.0% (#22 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 80.9% (#38 highest among all states)

Millennials in Texas are the least depressed in the nation, according to one study, even living in a state with high housing prices. One popular city for diverse Texas millennials is Dallas, which has a large park system and growth in industries such as education and health services, finances, and leisure and hospitality.

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#29. California

Millennial adjusted household median income: $62,873 (6.2% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 28.2% (#3 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 5.9% (#40 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 81.4% (#36 highest among all states)

Millennials in California are among the largest share of millennials in one state and are active homebuyers. San Francisco is a big hub for millennials, but many others are flocking to Sacramento with it's burgeoning food and arts scene and lower cost of living. Still, the overall cost of living in the state has caused what some call a “generation war” between millennials and baby boomers.

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#28. Maine

Millennial adjusted household median income: $62,934 (16.7% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 23.2% (#49 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 4.3% (#15 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 83.8% (#20 highest among all states)

Maine has been one of the worst states to live in for millennials, with the cost of living, gentrification, and low wages all being issues. In recent years, some programs like the Educational Opportunity Tax Credit program have provided incentives for millennials to stay in the state by promising to pay off student loans. The retention program began in 2008 but is viewed as key now to help keep and attract millennials to the workforce.

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#27. Oregon

Millennial adjusted household median income: $63,099 (9.5% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 27.0% (Tied for #9 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 4.8% (#21 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 82.2% (#30 highest among all states)

To millennials, Oregon was an enticing move because of technology companies and the marketing industry, along with lots of outdoor activities.
While these millennials have been able to find jobs, they have had trouble paying the rent, often requiring help from their parents. Younger state lawmakers have joined the Millennial Action Project to help address issues of concern to this generation.

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#26. Indiana

Millennial adjusted household median income: $64,272 (10.9% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 25.2% (Tied for #29 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 4.8% (#20 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 82.2% (#31 highest among all states)

Indianapolis has grown as a haven for millennials, with many seeking high-paying jobs with a low cost of living. Indiana overall is trying to avoid the “brain drain” of losing college-educated millennials to other states, with programs like “Brain Gain,” in which companies invite talented Indiana graduates to return to the state.

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#25. Ohio

Millennial adjusted household median income: $64,386 (9.9% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 24.8% (#38 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 5.5% (#29 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 83.1% (#24 highest among all states)

Ohio is the second-most affordable state in the country to buy a home. In the City of Columbus, especially, companies like Nationwide Insurance and brands like Abercrombie and Express have made the city their base. This trend is also leading to millennials out-earning previous generations.

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#24. Vermont

Millennial adjusted household median income: $64,464 (13.6% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 22.8% (#50 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 3.0% (#2 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 84.8% (#11 highest among all states)

Unlike most other states, Vermont has an aging population, with a median age of 42.7. One way the state government is trying the lower the median age is through a program to attract millennials from larger cities by paying them up to $10,000 over two years to work from home in Vermont.

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#23. Hawaii

Millennial adjusted household median income: $64,700 (2.8% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 26.9% (#11 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 4.0% (#11 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 83.7% (#21 highest among all states)

While Hawaiian millennials in 2016 were in decent standing, that rank slipped in 2018. Hawaii was at the bottom when it came to home affordability, though it was still at the top when it came to health insurance coverage and a low percentage of millennials with depression.

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#22. Rhode Island

Millennial adjusted household median income: $64,825 (6.6% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 25.1% (#35 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 5.7% (#37 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 84.4% (#15 highest among all states)

A group known as Millennial Rhode Island has the mission of reversing the so-called “brain drain” of educated people leaving the state. Since 2015, the organization has been gathering a diverse set of millennials in the state and has held evening talks and training sessions regarding such topics as buying a house, building credit, and more. Recently, Providence, Rhode Island, was named one of the coolest cities in America, with companies like Virgin Pulse, Johnson & Johnson, and GE Digital setting up operations there.

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#21. Pennsylvania

Millennial adjusted household median income: $65,213 (12.8% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 24.7% (#40 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 5.4% (#27 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 83.1% (#25 highest among all states)

While Philadelphia may be the most well-known city in Pennsylvania, many millennials have looked past it to Pittsburgh. With Google operating in the city, as well as schools like Carnegie Mellon University providing technology-based programs, there are plenty of career opportunities in the steel city. That isn’t to say that other cities in the state aren’t attractive, with State College and Harrisburg, in particular, being some of the hottest markets for millennials.

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#20. Missouri

Millennial adjusted household median income: $66,144 (14.4% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 25.2% (Tied for #29 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 4.8% (#19 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 83.4% (#22 highest among all states)

St. Louis offers affordable housing for millennials. The city is also hailed as a dependable location for starting new businesses.

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#19. Kansas

Millennial adjusted household median income: $66,908 (10.2% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 25.2% (Tied for #29 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 4.2% (#13 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 84.1% (#16 highest among all states)

Overland Park has become one of the top cities for millennials to move to in Kansas. In the Kansas City metro area, millennials are divided on whether they want to live in suburban or urban areas—though trends lean toward the suburbs.

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#18. Illinois

Millennial adjusted household median income: $67,714 (9.9% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 26.7% (#13 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 5.6% (#32 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 84.8% (#12 highest among all states)

Illinois served as a good home for millennials in the past. But state taxes are on the rise, and the state has begun to lag in income and job growth.

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#17. Colorado

Millennial adjusted household median income: $69,024 (8.2% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 28.7% (#2 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 4.1% (#12 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 84.7% (#14 highest among all states)

In recent years, Colorado Springs has emerged as an area where millennials can enjoy a good work-life balance. Denver also has seen an influx of millennials. Both cities tout their natural beauty, economic opportunities, and exciting social life. In addition, millennial entrepreneurs are finding Colorado to be a good state to launch their startups.

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#16. Wisconsin

Millennial adjusted household median income: $69,526 (13.6% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 24.5% (#41 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 3.9% (#9 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 86.9% (#3 highest among all states)

Wisconsin is trying to attract millennials from other states, including Minnesota and Illinois. Health care companies like Epic Systems are driving millennials to Madison, with a high quality of life and an emphasis on fitness. State government campaigns aim to attract a variety of people to either move to—or stay in—the state, including returning veterans or young college students ready to graduate.

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#15. Connecticut

Millennial adjusted household median income: $69,623 (3.1% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 24.0% (Tied for #45 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 6.3% (#45 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 85.1% (#10 highest among all states)

With skyrocketing rents, Connecticut has the second-highest number of millennials who live with their parents. Businesses are also having difficulty competing with other states like New York that offer a wider range of social and other activities.

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#14. Iowa

Millennial adjusted household median income: $69,739 (11.8% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 24.4% (#42 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 3.9% (#10 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 86.9% (#4 highest among all states)

Des Moines has quietly become a hotspot for millennials, with a thriving and underrated arts scene, economic opportunities to start new businesses, and overall good housing options. Industries such as manufacturing, finance, and bioscience are well-represented in the state.

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#13. Washington

Millennial adjusted household median income: $70,441 (10.7% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 27.7% (#6 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 5.1% (#25 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 82.2% (#32 highest among all states)

The cost of living has been rising in Washington state, but wages have been adequate to keep millennials afloat. For the most part, Seattle is the big Washington attraction for millennials, with plenty of technology companies including Amazon, Microsoft, and Nintendo of America based there or in nearby Redmond.

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#12. Nebraska

Millennial adjusted household median income: $70,870 (12.7% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 25.7% (Tied for #24 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 3.3% (#4 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 86.9% (#5 highest among all states)

Nebraska offers much more than agriculture. Not only does the City of Omaha have a low cost of living, but it also is known for its thriving art scene. And unlike many other cities, millennials can afford homes there.

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#11. South Dakota

Millennial adjusted household median income: $70,989 (15.1% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 24.3% (Tied for #43 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 3.9% (#8 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 86.1% (#7 highest among all states)

While Aberdeen may not be the most well-known city, even in South Dakota, the city has attracted many millennials with its arts scene and opportunities for young entrepreneurs. With the low cost of living, South Dakota has a relatively low percentage of millennials still living at home with their parents.

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#10. Utah

Millennial adjusted household median income: $71,284 (5.1% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 28.1% (#4 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 3.4% (#5 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 81.2% (#37 highest among all states)

Provo, Utah, has the highest percentage of millennials in the United States. One of the fastest-growing regions in the United States, the number of millennials in Utah is growing and becoming more diverse, making it among the youngest states in the country.

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#9. Virginia

Millennial adjusted household median income: $71,397 (7.2% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 26.7% (Tied for #13 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 4.7% (#18 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 84.1% (#17 highest among all states)

Several cities in Virginia have been called havens for millennials, including Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Newport. Virginia Beach, in particular, offers a thriving tourism industry, entertainment, low housing prices, and plenty of amenities. Improved transportation, new restaurants, and spruced-up city centers also are reasons why the three cities are so millennial-friendly.

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#8. New Jersey

Millennial adjusted household median income: $72,150 (7.3% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 25.8% (#22 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 5.5% (#30 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 84.0% (#18 highest among all states)

Many millennials in New Jersey are seeking job opportunities in urban areas, which the state’s suburban areas lack. On the other hand, those suburban areas provide affordable housing that millennials may have a harder time finding in other states.

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#7. Alaska

Millennial adjusted household median income: $72,374 (0.2% below median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 28.8% (#1 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 6.4% (#46 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 83.2% (#23 highest among all states)

Alaska has a relatively young population, but the number of millennials has decreased. Businesses are concerned about the decline because millennials make up much of the workforce. Anchorage is getting “older,” but research suggests young people would stay if given more flexibility at work.

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#6. Wyoming

Millennial adjusted household median income: $73,345 (18.4% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 26.1% (#17 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 4.6% (#17 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 86.0% (#8 highest among all states)

The City of Jackson may be the top city for millennials in Wyoming, the country’s least- populated state. Both Jackson and college town Laramie provide outdoor activities and plenty of job opportunities. Wyoming also has some of the cheapest four-year, in-state college tuition in the country.

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#5. New Hampshire

Millennial adjusted household median income: $73,941 (10.4% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 23.4% (#48 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 3.1% (#3 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 84.8% (#13 highest among all states)

New Hampshire has made a concerted effort to attract millennials to the state. The work is paying off: An influx of young adults have made New Hampshire home, and in doing so have increased the quality of life statewide.

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#4. Maryland

Millennial adjusted household median income: $74,737 (3.7% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 26.7% (Tied for #13 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 5.0% (#23 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 86.7% (#6 highest among all states)

Maryland has a significant place in the manufacturing industry and concerns about a labor shortage. To combat this, the state is actively attempting to attract millennials to the workforce.

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#3. North Dakota

Millennial adjusted household median income: $76,836 (15.9% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 26.7% (Tied for #13 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 2.4% (#1 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 88.1% (#2 highest among all states)

North Dakota has one of the highest percentages of millennials in the country, with many of them buying homes in the cities of Williston and Dickinson. The Fargo and Grand Forks areas have brought high earnings for young workers. In addition to business opportunities, Fargo also provides artistic leisure, including craft beer places, theaters, concerts, and comedy acts.

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#2. Minnesota

Millennial adjusted household median income: $77,090 (14.6% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 25.9% (Tied for #19 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 3.6% (#6 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 88.5% (#1 highest among all states)

Out of all of the states in the Union, Minnesota is one of the top states for affordability and quality of life. The “Make it MSP” initiative has had companies, universities, and nonprofits enticing young people to join the workforce, whether in tech or agriculture.

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#1. Massachusetts

Millennial adjusted household median income: $80,307 (15.0% above median household income for all ages)
Millennial % of population: 26.0% (#18 highest among all states)
Millennial unemployment: 4.3% (#16 lowest among all states)
Millennial labor force participation: 85.9% (#9 highest among all states)

Boston has a particularly high concentration of educated and diverse young people compared to the rest of the nation, not to mention the dense college towns of Western Massachusetts. State politicians credit community-building and aiding with student loan debt as essential factors in this ranking.

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