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How much millennials make in each state

  • #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.

  • #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.

  • #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.

  • #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.

  • #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.

  • #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.

  • #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.

  • #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.

  • #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.

  • #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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