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How much millennials make in each state

  • #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.

  • #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.

  • #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.

  • #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.

  • #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.

  • #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.

  • #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.

  • #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.

  • #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.

  • #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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